Personal tendencies and priorities still play a pivotal role in the path selection for professional development. Personal tendencies, priorities, likings and disliking, stamina are an important contributor for this path selection. Above all, you have to keep in mind the time and effort that you can put in to achieve professional development goals. The complexity of striking a balance in all these variables characteristics is not a simple task and a mere miscalculation can drive you into the chasm of wilderness and despair beside wastage of time and hard earned resources. Often in life, we face crossroads and have to make a decision on a diversion to adopt or abandon one of the two favorites and only a correct decision can make things happen for us, the same goes with our professional development. A well-thought-out plan can make thing easier and can help you choose the correct option. Especially, in a fast-paced professional environment today, decision making has become an art of making the right choices at the right time.
It is important to understand professional development in its correct perspective. Professional development is a long term plan but it yields results only on putting restless daily efforts. Professional development is a lighthouse in your journey towards professional excellence. It is not a destination but defines a path towards the ultimate destination. Like any other long term plan, professional development requires careful planning and consideration as Zepeda has pointed out in his book, “Professional development cannot be left to chance. Professional development must be planned purposefully and deliberately as part of the workday. Professional development is never the end but rather the beginning of the journey toward learning.” (Zepeda, 2008, p.61).
This research is aimed at investigations into the available career paths in the field of mechanical engineering and provides a strategic approach towards achieving goals hence set for professional development. .