Week 2 Personal Development Plan

Week 2 – Personal Development Plan

In our second week, we focused on developing a personal development plan, centered around a five-year career plan and the creation of a vision board to visually represent this journey. This exercise proved to be immensely beneficial, as it allowed me to introspectively identify the aspects of my life that truly resonate with me. The process of outlining a five-year plan also brought to light potential challenges and necessary steps I need to implement to turn this vision into reality.

The Vision Board:

My vision board is a vivid collage of my aspirations which features significant milestones and dreams. It includes my graduation which is hopefully the gateway to future opportunities. A focus on career development in the accounting industry which reflects my commitment to professional growth and financial expertise. The image of my dream car represents not just a symbol of success, but also the freedom and mobility I value. I have showcased a move to the city as I hope this could mean greater opportunities. The self-made quote on the board serves as a daily source of inspiration and a reminder of my core values. I have also displayed my business logo as a representation of entrepreneurial ambition. Lastly, images of catwalk shows are to show my journey in modelling. It illustrates both my passion for fashion and my dedication to personal expression and confidence. Each element on this board is a crucial part of my life’s ambitions. 

My Personal Development Plan 

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Gibbs Reflection

  1. Description: During our second week, we engaged in an activity to develop a personal development plan. This included creating a career plan and constructing a vision board to visually map out this journey.
  2. Feelings: I found this exercise to be incredibly insightful. It was a chance to deeply reflect on what truly matters to me and how my future might look. The process of visually mapping my aspirations brought a sense of clarity and excitement.
  3. Evaluation: The task was beneficial in highlighting both my goals and the challenges I may face. It was an opportunity to realistically consider the steps needed to achieve my ambitions.
  4. Analysis: In creating the vision board, I realized the importance of various life goals, like graduating, advancing in the accounting industry, and pursuing my modelling interests. These elements, including the representation of my dream car and the move to the city, all contribute to a broader understanding of my personal and professional aspirations.
  5. Conclusion: This exercise made me acknowledge the importance of setting clear, visual goals. It also helped me understand how my different interests and aspirations are interconnected and how they contribute to my overall life plan.
  6. Action Plan: Moving forward, I intend to use this vision board as a daily source of motivation and a reminder of the path I wish to follow. I plan to review and update it as necessary to keep my goals relevant and aligned with my evolving aspirations. Additionally, I will focus on developing specific strategies to overcome potential challenges identified during this exercise.

Week 1 – Evaluating and researching our garments

Week 1 – Evaluating and researching our garments

This week, we conducted a thorough evaluation of the clothes in our wardrobes by looking into how sustainable our garments are.  This in-depth analysis has equipped me with the knowledge to make more informed and eco-friendly choices. 

Garment #1 – Cropped faux leather jacket

100% polyester, 100% polyurethane

Clothing description : Jacket featuring a lapel collar and long sleeves. False welt pocket on the chest. Matching lining. Front metal zip fastening

Country of origin: Made in Myanmar/Burma


Potential Impacts of Polyester

  • Polyester production involves the extraction of crude oil and natural gas, which are non-renewable resources and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The manufacturing process also consumes water and energy, leading to water pollution and carbon emissions 
  • When disposed of in landfills, polyester does not readily biodegrade, contributing to landfill waste and potential leaching of chemicals into the soil.

Garment #2 Black, white and red ferrari jacket

Made with 65% polyester & 35% Cotton

Product Description – Crafted from high-quality materials, this jacket features a sleek black, white, and red color scheme that is sure to turn heads. The embroidered Ferrari logo on the front and back adds an extra touch to this already stunning piece.

Country of Origin: Thailand

Potential Impacts of Cotton

  • Cotton cultivation is highly water-intensive. It requires a substantial amount of water, and in regions with limited water resources, excessive irrigation for cotton farming can lead to water scarcity and the depletion of freshwater ecosystems.
  • The dyeing and finishing processes used in textile manufacturing can result in the discharge of chemicals and dyes into water bodies if not properly managed, contributing to water pollution and ecosystem damage.

Gibbs Reflective Cycle on Evaluating the Sustainability of Garments in Week 1

  1. Description: Week 1 focused on evaluating the sustainability of garments in our wardrobes. This involved a detailed analysis of two specific items: a cropped faux leather jacket and a Ferrari jacket. The faux leather jacket is made from 100% polyester and polyurethane and was manufactured in Myanmar/Burma, while the Ferrari jacket is a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton that is produced in Thailand.
  2. Feelings: This exercise made me feel more aware and responsible as a consumer. It was eye-opening to understand the environmental impacts of the materials used in these garments. I felt a sense of concern about the ecological footprint of my clothing choices. I felt like I was particularly concerned about the use of polyester and its environmental repercussions.
  3. Evaluation: The activity was extremely valuable in highlighting the importance of considering the sustainability of clothing materials. The in-depth information about the potential impacts of polyester and cotton made me want to purchase more ethically sourced garments.

Katwalk Kimberley Placement – Overview

Katwalk Kimberley Overview – The up and coming fashion brand who is making a difference! 

Katwalk Kimberley is a groundbreaking fashion company based in Middlesbrough with a unique mission and vision. What sets this brand apart is its unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the community by providing employment opportunities to individuals in recovery from addiction and those with past convictions. The heart of Katwalk Kimberley lies in its ability to offer second chances, change lives, and transform the fashion industry one stitch at a time.

Unique Selling Point (USP):

Katwalk Kimberley’s unique selling point is its dedication to social responsibility and community betterment. By actively recruiting recovering addicts and ex-offenders, the company aims to break down barriers to employment and reduce recidivism rates. Through this initiative, Katwalk Kimberley offers these individuals not just a job, but an opportunity to regain their independence, build self-esteem, and contribute positively to society.

Empowering through Training:

Abigail, the Managing Director of Katwalk Kimberley, is deeply committed to this mission. She recognizes that one of the key factors in successful rehabilitation and reintegration into society is access to stable employment. To support this, Abigail has implemented a sewing training course for her employees. This course not only equips them with valuable skills in the fashion industry but also provides a structured and productive activity that keeps them focused and motivated. By investing in training, Katwalk Kimberley ensures that each individual has a path towards a brighter future.

Gibbs Reflection on my first impressions with Katwalk Kimberley

Description: My initial impression of Katwalk Kimberley was that it was good to be involved in a forward-thinking and socially responsible fashion brand. What struck me most was the company’s commitment to offering employment opportunities to individuals recovering from addiction and those with past convictions. The concept of integrating social betterment into the business model of a fashion brand was both innovative and inspiring.

Feelings: I felt a mix of admiration for the brand and I liked how the managing director was trying to make a difference. It was refreshing to see a company not just focused on profit, but on making a tangible difference in people’s lives.

Evaluation: The approach taken by Katwalk Kimberley seems highly effective and compassionate. However, I wondered about the challenges the company might face, such as ensuring consistent quality of products and managing the complexities that might arise from their unique workforce.

Analysis: Katwalk Kimberley’s business model is an intriguing blend of social enterprise and traditional fashion retail. The focus on training and employment for recovering addicts and ex-offenders is not just philanthropic but strategic. It creates a motivated workforce and a unique brand story.

Conclusion: To conclude, Katwalk Kimberley’s commitment to social change, coupled with a viable business model, sets a precedent for other companies. However, the long-term success of such a venture will depend on its ability to maintain a balance between its social objectives and commercial viability.

Action Plan: For future encounters with similar initiatives, I would aim to research deeper into understanding how such companies balance their social missions with the practical aspects of running a business. Learning more about the challenges they face and their strategies for overcoming them would provide a more rounded understanding of the practicalities of socially responsible business models.