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Personal records

When will you need personal records?

  • For jobs or for further qualification and training
    You may be asked for some of this information many times over the rest of your life - so it is really helpful if you keep good records from as early as possible. Without good personal records, it is easy to forget the details of what you have done. You can waste a lot of time chasing information – and may miss out on valuable job opportunities. 
  • For yourself
    Personal records can contain details of personal goals, plans, reviews and achievements. They are a source of material for you to draw upon to monitor your own progress. 
  • For your programme
    Your programme may require or encourage you to use a log or journal or it may leave it to you what shape your personal records take. This website offers you materials to supplement PDP opportunities at your university.

 Use these forms to record details of your education and training: 

Use these forms to record your employment history and work experience: 

You may want a paper-based record too - to hold your certificates and references. You may like to include your diary, letters, photographs and pictures as part of your records. Some programmes such as counselling and creative programmes encourage this. 

For more advice, see Chapter 9 of Skills for Success by Stella Cottrell