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Inspiring Your Continuous Professional Development - June 2019

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For many CDI members, we are approaching the end of another academic year; for others, it will be time for a summer break before returning to the fray. In either case, it is timely to consider some ideas for evaluating what you’ve achieved this year, and what might be done differently

CPD Newsletters offer ideas, not compulsory activities. Just remember that undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of registration for Registered Career Development Professionals. For all members, undertaking CPD meets the principle in the CDI Code of Ethics relating to professional development.

Choose items and activities – here or elsewhere – that suit your role and your style so that you can explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website


Going global for the big picture on evaluation

From New Zealand, we find a clear concise guide in Allen & Clarke’s Quick guide to evaluation, and useful companion document Planning for evaluation. At the other extreme, and from the USA, there is a comprehensive Step by step guide to evaluation from the WK Kellogg charitable trust, geared towards not-for-profit organisations and aiming to demystify evaluation. This manual includes a 4-page content overview with active links to sections, making it highly user-friendly.


Back in the UK

The Magenta book is the UK Government guide to ‘comprehensive but proportionate’ evaluation for policies, programmes and projects.


From Scotland: a contrasting resource

Evaluation Support Scotland offers something quite different: Evaluation methods and tools comprises more than 40 tools and techniques. Several are particularly suited to respondents with specific physical or learning needs, and almost all have downloadable instruction sheets and worksheets. Elsewhere on this website are videos and guides.


The professional body’s role

From one professional body to another, we recognise the role of the UK Evaluation Society in promulgating Guidelines for good practice in evaluation. The underpinning principles sit comfortably alongside the CDI’s own position, including the CDI Code of Ethics.


Schools and colleges

The CDI’s second National Career Leader and Learning Conference (11-12 July) has quality assurance, evaluation and impact as its theme. The conference sessions relate to the Gatsby Benchmarks, and many educational institutions have additionally embarked on using Compass – careers benchmark tool. (A preview which does not require log-in can be accessed here.)

Cegnet has kindly shared with CDI members its Evaluation of Careers Education and Guidance (Barnes, 2019).


Getting personal

The previous sections largely focus on organisational and programme evaluation. Self-evaluation matters too. Many guides to self-evaluation are offered as part of guidelines for continuous professional development (CPD): one example of such a resource is CPD for the Career Development Professional (Neary & Johnson, 2016).

How to do CPD offers a new model by the Career Innovation company, including planned and spontaneous approaches to CPD, and how to be mentally prepared for each. [Our thanks to Dr Michael Moynagh and Rosemary McLean and the Career Innovation company for offering access to this resource for CDI members.]

The CDI’s CPD Resources area contains many print and online materials, including our own publication, Career Matters and the NICEC Journal, both encouraging reflection and evaluation of your professional performance.


Peer support – a two-way process

The CDI encourages many types of peer support. LinkedIn discussions often relate to aspects of professional practice, and Regional Meetings give a chance to discuss work with colleagues facing similar issues.

The CDI Communities of Practice (see below for a list) offer links to others who share your professional concerns, both via LinkedIn discussions and occasional meetings. The CDI’s Mentoring Scheme also provides opportunity for peer support and reflection on practice.

The CDI Blueprint of learning outcomes for professional roles can be used as a checklist to see which of your skills and knowledge may need refreshing. If you undertake this mutual engagement and support this can be recorded as CPD through reflective reports by both members.


Digging a bit deeper - SOKA

SOKA is self-other knowledge asymmetry: the proposition that we ourselves know some things best about ourselves, but others are better judges of other aspects of us. This academic article from Heliyon could be used at various levels: a quick scan of the first part (p.1-5) which relates SOKA to the Johari window; a more extensive review of the first part and the discussion (p.13 onwards) which reports on a study with school pupils at career decision age; or a reflective read - perhaps with someone acting as your ‘other’ - to use the SOKA framework as a way of considering how well you judge yourself. Reciprocal feedback with a colleague would be particularly relevant to the topic of this newsletter.

Could mindfulness help you to better self-knowledge? Mindfulness is a somewhat contested topic, with proposals for its usefulness in the workplace countered by the problem with mindfulness elsewhere. If mindfulness is your ‘thing’, then Mindfulness as a path to seeing yourself as you really are might interest you. And if the self-awareness that you gain suggests this is all a bit much for you, then spend just two minutes with Stephen Fry and a BBC animation tracing the adage ‘Know thyself’ from ancient Greece to the present.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a number of LinkedIn groups for members, which are a good place for discussing professional development issues and personal dilemmas with other members. Existing groups are:

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research | Older workers. Visit the Communities of Interest.


CPD Resource area

The CPD resource area is now available. Integration into the main web structure means that we have many enhancements, but a few changes to the layout and functionality. Log in through the Members’ Area and take a look at how to access resources in this new layout.


Recording and reflecting on CPD – new web area now open

The CPD recording area is also now open, and has a smarter look to the screens where you record CPD activity and your reflective reports. Access is through Your CPD diary in the Member’s Area if you are a member or through Access your CPD if you are also on the Register.

Reading, talking and reflecting on topics and resources such as those above all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in your CPD Record. It would be timely to undertake some small (or large!) CPD activity and then explore the new way of recording what you have just done.

If you have any issues with the new pages please email , stating your CDI membership number and we will be able to sort these out for you.

For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:


Dr Lyn Barham,
Project Associate (Research)

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