professional development plan 4

As is evident in the dynamic nature of the emergency management field, it is critical for emergency managers and personnel to equip themselves with the most up to date training and preparation possible. This assignment offers you the opportunity to forecast your own professional path and identify both short- and long-term goals to guide your own “preparedness” as an emergency management official. When complete, you will have a plan of action to guide your efforts to enhance your emergency management experience and skills, obtain promotion, and achieve your long-term career goals.

Begin by considering your current professional status and your short- and long-term goals. Then, determine the professional skills and additional education you will need to achieve your career goals and ensure that you are prepared to meet the demands of your challenging field. Research training and other advancement opportunities available to you through your organization, the state, FEMA, or other agencies and professional associations.

Create a visual representation (e.g., timeline, flow chart, etc.) of your professional development plan (250-500 words). The final product should represent a realistic approach to reaching your professional goals over the next 5 years.

Your visual representation should be accompanied by the following:

  1. A vision statement for your career development over the next five years (Where do you see yourself in one year, three years, five years?)
  2. A list of specific career objectives, which are feasibly obtainable within the five-year plan.
  3. A list of key people and description of experiences necessary to help you reach your objectives.
  4. A list of educational/training opportunities necessary to achieve your objectives.
  5. A timeline for accomplishing major milestones.

Commit to regularly updating your professional development plan as you complete courses and training in the EMM program. Consider adding goals as you progress to make sure the primary objective of staying current in the field is at the forefront of your career plans. Keep track of your accomplishments in an updated résumé so you will have a well-developed representation of your preparation upon the completion of your program.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

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