Personal and Professional Development: Why is it important? by Sandra Emmanuel

Professional development is constantly mentioned in organisations as it is recognised that this development is important. Yes, skills and qualifications are important; however, they should always be accompanied by continued personal development.

I believe that personal and professional development (PPD) is especially relevant to Rotaract Club of Perth members as I think that in order to serve others and to make a change in today’s world, one has to feel that they are going in the right direction personally and professionally. It is sometimes hard to help others when you do not possess strong networks, friendship groups or when your career seems to be giving you more grief than satisfaction.

Building relationships is one of the fundamentals of personal and professional development as possessing strong interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with various people can open up doors that would otherwise remain closed.

For more information on how to build relationships and network effectively, please come to our next PPD activity run by John Ross, a Master Networker on Wednesday 2nd of October. Save the date!If you have any suggestions on PPD, get involved or run a PPD activity; please contact Sandra on