Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan

Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan

You have already identified many resources in your network—in this class and outside the university—and within the wider Walden community. Support is best used when you know what you need; it is hard to get support in building a ladder if you do not know what a ladder looks like.

If you have an idea of what a ladder looks like, you can ask for rungs and nails and a hammer. Think of the resources offered by Walden as the rungs and nails for your ladder, but you are the one who must design the ladder. A PDP allows you to design your ladder and identify which supports you need to build it Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan.

Remember that you must help your classmates and colleagues along the way with their ladders too. Think of what you need to give, as well as what you will need to receive, in terms of support and help.

A PDP explains how you, individually, came to the decision to begin your graduate studies, what you envision for yourself and others when you complete the degree, and what objectives or steps you need to define in order to realize your dream and become your previously envisioned “future self.” You will refer to your PDP when you want to check your progress or re-evaluate your goals. It should be motivating and related to the mission of Walden, your mission, and the community of your colleagues. Remember, we are all in this together.

PowerPoint presentations will be used in many of your courses at Walden. This Assignment will also provide an opportunity for you to become familiar with, or become a more advanced user of, PowerPoint as a communication tool which will narration.

NOTE: You are strongly encouraged to submit this Assignment as a narrated PowerPoint presentation, but if you are having difficulty with the software, you may submit it as a Word document with sufficient notes to explain each “slide.” Please feel free to contact your Instructor if you need any support with this Assignment Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan.

To prepare for this Final Project:

  • Review the Learning Resources for this week and specifically focus on how to create a narrated PowerPoint for your Final Project presentation.
  • Use the PowerPoint Template located in the Learning Resources for this week to complete this Final Project.

Final Project Assignment:

In this Final Project Assignment, you will create a 10- to 12-slide narrated PowerPoint presentation related to your Professional Development Plan (PDP). Your PowerPoint needs to include the following:

  • A cover slide with the following:
    • Title of your Project
    • Date -Walden University
    • Course number
    • Your name
  • Part I: Personal and Professional Goals (3-4 slides)
    • Include a brief personal introduction in which you state your personal and professional goals and articulate how these goals intersect with your academic interests and selected field of study.
    • Reflect upon the mission of the university: “Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they may transform society” and how this mission statement connects to your personal vision for future practice.
    • Explain how specialized learning and the attainment of a doctoral degree will help you meet your career and personal life goals Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan.
  • Part II: Educational Background and Research Proficiency (3-4 slides)
    • Reflect on the formal and informal learning experiences that compose your educational background and explain how these experiences support the direction of study established in Part I. You are encouraged to include individual knowledge, skills, and accomplishments.
    • Explain the academic and research proficiencies you bring to the program and identify any areas you want to consider for improvement.
    • Explain your current readiness to engage in dissertation research (Note: Honest disclosure will help guide and provide clear focus on any knowledge and skills needed to propel you forward in your program.)
      • Categories for you to consider when writing this section include the following:
        • Academic coursework in the social and behavioral sciences
        • Academic coursework in other fields
        • Professional presentations, seminars, and workshops
        • Volunteer activities
        • Prior experience designing and executing research
        • Publications and other writing experiences
        • Teaching assignments
        • Professional training
        • Academic strengths and weaknesses
        • Research strengths and weaknesses
        • Availability of library, reference, and information technology resources
        • Students should be clear about plans for preparing themselves for doctoral study, particularly if gaps exist in their background.
  • Part III: Plan of Study and Program Progress Guide (PPG) Form (3-4 slides)


    : Refer to your Program Progress Guide (PPG). Your PPG is available in your student portal Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan.

For non-licensure students in the School of Psychology, you only need to refer to your Program Progress Guide for this section.

For students in Clinical Psychology, a state licensure plan also needs to be discussed in this section. This licensure plan needs to present the results of your investigation into the licensing requirements for your state and how you plan to meet those requirements during your study at Walden.

All students must create a timeline for completing the requirements in their PPG for this Part III as follows:

  • In your timeline, group your degree requirements into stages of progress. It is suggested that you target a completion date and work backwards from this date.
  • Identify specific milestones of academic progress and time frames for completion.
  • Account for review, revision, and approval of academic work throughout your timeline. Note: Be familiar with the approval processes of your academic work.

Even though you are providing narration to your PowerPoint presentation, please include the following:

  • Write detailed speaker notes for the slide to complement the slide content. Speaker notes should be clear, in-depth, and function as augmentation to the slide material.Note: These notes should be written with sufficient depth to allow someone else to deliver the presentation. Make sure the PowerPoint presentation reflects graduate-level writing and presentation standards, with professional-looking graphics and appropriate type style.
  • Your presentation should be explicit in its detail about what you plan to do at Walden to meet your personal and professional goals Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan.
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