In conjunction with Pragmattica’s 2019 workshop announcement, we decided an article about personal development would compliment well. The aim of this article is to not only encourage employees to take personal development into their own hands but to also emphasize it’s importance.

“What is personal development?”

According to “Personal development is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realize and maximize their potential”.

The main point to take from this is that individual development is a continues process of maximizing your potential.

This brings us to our next question…

“Should development be invested in by the individual or employer?”

Helen Tupper from Marketing Week raises some extremely important points which we recommend reading.

Personal development is called personal for a reason, it should be unique and specific for the individual, which can be difficult to achieve in a work environment, due to the fact everyone’s skill sets and learning styles differ.

Secondly, while you wait for your employer to decide on training, you are stunting your own development. This adds up each time you want to do some form of workshop or growth.

If finances are a problem, create a specific development plan to show your employer. This not only communicates how serious you are about it, but how it will also benefit their business.

5 steps to achieve maximum personal development:

  1. Develop a Vision
  2. Plan Your Development
  3. Start the Improvement Process
  4. Record Your Growth
  5. Review and Revise Plan

Find a more in-depth plan at

Pragmattica’s take on personal development is that it’s important for individuals to take charge and invest in their own growth. If not it can be really difficult to advance not only your career but also your personal growth. So get planning, implementing and constantly reassessing your own development.