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Professional Development Program (PDP)

SkillsUSA's Professional Development Program (PDP) helps students develop the skills they need to make a smooth transition to the workforce or higher education. The program - available in printed workbooks or online - guides students through 74 employability skill activities that are covered in seven levels of the program.


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Sample Activities:

  • Engage in a team negotiation activity
  • Identify effective communication skills
  • Recognize stress factors
  • Establish short-term goals
  • Discover self-motivation techniques
  • Define future occupations
  • Develop personal financial skills
  • Develop a resume
  • Identify and apply conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrate interviewing skills
  • Establish career goals
  • Predict employment trends
  • Develop a relationship with a mentor
  • Manage a project and evaluate others
  • Organize employment portfolio
  • Observe and critique a meeting
  • Demonstrate business meeting skills
  • Demonstrate social etiquette
  • Recognize safety issues
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills
  • Perform a skill demonstration

The curriculum can be used as a self-development course or for group instruction. It can be integrated into the existing curriculum or used as a separate course of study. Students can be recognized for achievement as they develop their professional and occupational skills.

This informational flier is a great resource for you to learn the basics about PDP.


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