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Is the development of an individual's skills, competence, attributes, and personality through education, training, and other activities (see career break, sabbatical, and volunteering). Development of this kind may enhance a person's performance in a job or allow them to advance their career but is not confined to objectives of this kind. Personal development also encompasses the development of life skills, including those which are exercised away from the workplace (e.g. cookery, car maintenance, and creative writing). Personal development can therefore be contrasted with employer-led or government-initiated training and development, which is focused on skills relevant to formal economic activity. However, in learning organizations employers may still promote personal development, and assist in funding personal development activities, from a belief that it develops a generic capacity to learn and adapt to changing circumstances. [See Employee Development Assistance Programme.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.


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