Development Planning

Making the decision to develop yourself is the first step on your journey to professional growth and career success. For many, this can be an exciting time. It can also be a time of uncertainty that may prompt lots of questions like: What is a development plan? Why do I need one? What is involved? How do I start?

The Development Planning online course is designed to answer these questions as well as help build your competence, confidence and comfort around creating a relevant, meaningful plan which is an essential road map to your success.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the value of using an individual development plan to facilitate your growth and success
  • Use a blended approach when selecting learning activities and development experiences
  • Create a development plan that enables achievement in your current role and prepares you for future opportunities


  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Delivering Results
  • Taking Initiative

Course Content

Common Concerns around Development Planning: Clarifies common misconceptions on what it means to develop yourself professionally and personally in the workplace.

The Value of Development Plans: Explores the stages of career growth and addresses four reasons why development plans are critical to professional success.

How we Learn: Focuses on the importance of using a blended approach when choosing development activities to improve performance.

Common Areas of Development: Introduces common areas of development for employees and key learning topics for leaders and individual contributors.

Development Targets: Focuses on prioritizing development goals, decide where to start and determining which development opportunities will have the greatest impact.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Addresses the components of writing S.M.A.R.T. goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

Course Information

Target audience: Staff/Individual contributors

Course format: Online

Course length: 30-45 minutes

Cost: $0

Course is required for: N/A

Prerequisites: None required

Related Courses:

  • Developing Yourself and Others

Pre-Work Required? No

To enroll

You can take this online course at any time through Emory's Learning Management System (ELMS).

Development Planning documents:

  •     Development Plan Template
  •     Development Planning - Quick Reference Guide
  •     Sample Development Plan

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