The PDP document is used to present my professional journey through out university, as a guidance book for readers and myself. I have used this document to highlight the pinnacle moments through my learning that have helped me to focus on my ultimate goals and help me to work out what essential steps I must take to get there.
The main elements included within the PDP show my research into my chosen profession, my networking with other practitioners, my self-promoting work such as social media and a website, and my involvement in the collaboration projects such as Print Auction and Free range.
When starting this project, I was unsure where I wanted to go after graduating, but I feel this has been essential to my learning, helping me to discover my passions and who I am as a practitioner. It has helped me to consider my goals more carefully and crucially, creating myself realistic targets that I want to achieve in the next five years.
Through the project I have tried to engage with a variety of exhibitions and artists to encourage myself to develop my creative skills and ways of working. This has been really key to my learning, allowing me to enter a space that is strange to me, allowing me to expand my thought processes.
I feel I have been successful at reflecting my strengths and weaknesses during this project, highlighting areas of continuous improvement such as networking and personal planning. I also feel that I have engaged well with my research and set myself a clear clarified journey into my preferred profession, which is essential when graduating so that I don’t become lazy or demotivated.
I want to continue to develop my PDP document even after leaving university as it has been helpful in helping me to plan and think about my intentions clearly. I want to turn it into a sort of diary, documenting my progress and noting down crucial lessons learned to continue to strengthen my professionalism.
I feel one of my biggest realisations during this project has been being able to filter work down to the most important bits. I have a tendency to believe that everything I do is important to my practice, which can sometimes be the case. However, being able to refine my work to the most critical things has helped me to cut down my work load and give myself less pressure to complete work that isn’t necessarily relevant to my practice.
In terms of the physical product, my printed PDP came back blurry which was suggested as being a combination of using the wrong resolution imagery and a fault by the printers. This highlights that I need to work on my design skills, double checking everything before creating the final product with not enough time to rectify the problems. This also insinuates I need to work on my time management when completing such heavy tasks. I also feel that I could improve my PDP by engaging in more helpful tasks that would inject my learning further, such as work experience and other opportunities.