CPD 1102 Professional Development



This report is based on me and has supported to evaluate myself on various perspectives. In this study, information related to self-introduction and mega trends challenges are included. Furthermore, professional goals are highlighted which has supported to analyse the final position where I want to be. After that ethics and professional values are discussed while focusing towards competency assessment. Additionally, this study also discusses the strengths and weaknesses while focusing towards the skills and the mega environment.

Section 1: Self-Introduction

My educational background is mechanical engineering (M.E). My goal is to achieve sound position in a multinational firm and to work enthusiastically as a leader to motivate the employees to achieve the organizational goals. In the upcoming 5 years I will be in multinational automobile firm at Senior Mechanical Engineer. I prefer to see myself in a senior position where I will be a part of the great success of the organization while managing a team under me. I want to give my best in the next 5 years which will enable me to get a respectable position in the firm. However, I do not have any prior experience in this field but I am a quick learner and I have a capability of utilising my knowledge and skills in an effective manner which will remain supportive for me to work in the near future. My skills make me suitable for Senior Mechanical Engineer role as I have decision making, self-confidence, teamwork, planning and analytical skills. I am confident personality and I have trust on myself that in the upcoming five years from now I will become able to uplift my firm and myself. I am focused towards enhancing my knowledge and applying my skills to increase the productivity of the firm in the today as well as future perspective.

Section 2: Mega Trends and Challenges

Automobile industry involves designing, developing, and manufacturing, marketing, and selling of automobiles (Bhattacharya, Guner, & Ventura, 2013). It is seen that in the last decade, this industry has shown fast pace growth and has shown huge participation towards the world economic growth. Due to this reason, job opportunities have also increased in this sector.  The major drivers of the mechanical engineer position are that at present there is increasing demand of latest features in the automobile (Mujtaba, 2013). Moreover, this position requires motivation and creativity which supports to eliminate the chances of monotonous work. Designing new products or modifying the existing ones supports to create competitive advantage and enables to increase the level of customer satisfaction. Due to which, the demand of mechanical engineers is increasing in automobile industry.

PoliticalTax rate, minimum wages, maximum working hours, exchange rate, increasing pollution,Hoffman, et al. (2014)
EconomicEconomy crisis, purchasing power of the target consumersVarela, Burke, & Michel (2013)
SocialChanging consumer need, change in market trendMujtaba (2013)
TechnologyInnovation, demand of latest technologyCapriglione, & Casalino (2014)
DemographicCulture, income, age groupVarela, Burke, & Michel (2013)
NaturalEco-friendly practices, green productionMujtaba (2013)

Government policies change time to time in the context of tax rate, minimum wages, maximum working hours, exchange rate, etc. Moreover, there is government rules and regulations to control the pollution level by approving fuel efficient automobiles (Beenen, & Pichler, 2016).  Additionally, currently automobile industry is facing the challenge of economic crisis. It has decreased the purchasing power of the target consumers and has adversely impacted the sale of luxury cars. In like manner, due to increase trend of globalization, social issue is increasing due to difference in consumer need and market trend. This challenge has taken place because there is huge difference between the value, culture, beliefs, trends, perception, etc. of one country to other. Additionally, consumers demand is increasing in the context of quality, innovation and technology which is also increasing the situation of challenge (Bunăiașu, Vlăduțescu, & Strungă, 2014).

In the context of demographic segment, firm is facing the issue of different culture, gender, income, age group and many other challenges. Moreover, Beenen, & Pichler (2016) stated that due to increase in the concern of government as well as consumers towards environment perspective, the demand of eco-friendly practices have increased and consumers are focusing towards green production.

Varela, Burke, & Michel (2013) identified that in the recent years, the major challenge faced by automobile industry is increasing is technology issue as complexity and risk in the industry is increasing due to high demand of innovation and latest technology. To achieve the market need, firm needs to focus towards advanced technology and innovation which increases the company cost and creates the situation of risk. It has increased the level of competition which has created the situation of challenge for the firm.

So, in this context, I would like to enter in the innovation field as it will support the firm to offer latest technology in the market while focusing towards contemporary market need. For this perspective, I will give concern towards proper market research and after that as a mechanical engineer I will focus to employ creativity and innovation in the latest design. This mega trend will offer me the opportunities to develop the career in an effective manner while focusing towards various challenges. However, I will increase concern towards technological advancement as it will remain assistive for me to design effective model to satisfy the contemporary market need.

 Section 3: Goals

My professional goals are based on SMART approach and I have designed them while focusing towards short, middle and long term parameters. My professional goals are as follow:

  • To improve my decision making, problem solving and inter-personal skills while working in a team (Short term goal)
  • To increase my productive and innovative skills which will remain supportive to create competitive advantage (Short term goal)
  • To get global exposure as well as cross functional experiences to increase the proficiency in the job responsibilities (Middle term goals)
  • To create unique and reputable image in the firm, so that I become able to use my skills and experience for helping my team to perform better while increasing the growth opportunity for the firm (Long term goals)
  • To work as researcher for the development of different
    technologies which will remain supportive to the firm and the employees to get exposure to different aspects from the knowledge and experience I have from the real life experience (Long term goals – final position)

Section 4: Ethics and Professional Values

Ethics can be defined as moral principles which assist to govern the behaviour of an individual on the basis of code of conduct (Hernández, Campos, & González, 2015). In this context, Adeyemo, Longe, & Alakoso (2014) identified that engineering is a field which is experimentation based and works for the welfare of mankind. However there are various consequences can be seen as it is analysed that ethical dilemmas create difficulty to take engineering decisions. In this concern, Varela, Burke, & Michel (2013) determined that giving concern towards risk and safety parameters is the prime responsibility of engineer. Moreover, at present technological advancement is highly at demand but it is necessary for the engineer that the technology advancement should not harm the society under ethical concern _. In this perspective, my belief is that there is a need of increase concern towards moral values and responsibility while taking engineering related decision. Moreover, there is a need of focusing towards right and wrong, good and evil, obligations & rights and social & political parameters.

I have formed my ethics and professional values from the bookish study, teachers and society. My ethical parameters are that I will show responsiveness to confront the moral issues which will rise by technological activity. I will recognize and resolve the moral dilemma to achieve the moral autonomy. I will give concern towards my team also and focus that they follow the ethical parameters.

Section 5: Competency Assessment

Tabular Representation:

1Analytical skills1234567
2Creative thinking skills1234567
3Critical thinking skills1234567
4Decision making skills1234567
5Interpersonal skills(talking, listening, networking etc)1234567
6Organising skills1234567
7Planning skills1234567
8Problem Solving skills1234567
11Technology (IT – computers)1234567
12Time Management skills1234567
13Verbal communication skills1234567
14Written communication skills1234567

Above are the table of the skills evaluation and in this, there are different skills that are discussed and in this, my performance and the ranking is also evaluated. On the basis of these ranking in skills, my strength and weakness are also presented.

Bar Graph Representation:

In the context of required skills in the advertisement, it is analysed that I am lacking in some skills. In the context of technology, teamwork and problem solving, I score7, which reflects I am good in this parameter. However, in the context of decision making skills, interpersonal skills and organising skills, I score 3 which reflect that there is major need to work on these parameters.

Top 5 skills, which are needed to get recruited as a successful mechanical engineer according to the advertisement of Toyota and Nissan Motors which are attached in the (appendices).

Sr. No.SKILLSDefinitionReference


Communication SkillsCommunication skills can be defined as an ability of conveying the information to other in an effective and efficient manner. Mechanical engineer should have good verbal and written communication skills so that he can share the information with the team members in an effective manner.Kor, & Mesko (2013)


Organising SkillsOrganising skills include general organizing, planning, scheduling, time management, meeting deadlines, coordinating resources, etc. So, it is essential parameters which should be in the mechanical engineer.Claussen, et al. (2014)



Decision-Making SkillsDecision making supports to take effective decision in various perspectives at the workplace. It is major skill which is necessary to be an effective leader. It supports to take good decision with available information and resources.Alphonse (2016)



Interpersonal SkillsInterpersonal skills enable the individual to interact with each other in an effective manner. This skill can be defined as an employee’s ability to get along with others. Due to this reason, good interpersonal skills are prerequisite for mechanical engineering position within the organization.Arasti, Fakhrisadat, & Narges (2014)



Technical SkillsTechnical skills can be defined as the abilities and knowledge which are needed to perform specific tasks. It is based on practical, mechanical, IT, mathematical and scientific tasks. So, it is essential to have mechanical technical skills in the mechanical engineer.Helfat, & Peteraf (2015)


Bar Graph Representation

In the context of required skills in the advertisement, it is analysed that I am lacking in some skills. In the context of technology, I score7, which reflects I am good in this parameter and have lots of knowledge in the technology and the all things related to the technology that make me good in this skill. However, in the context of communication skills, I scored 6. It represent that I am doing well in this but I have lots of chance or the possibilities to increase these skills such as communication and interpersonal skills for better performance.  At the same time, in the perspective of decision making, inter-personal and organizing skills I scored 3 that mean there is a lacking in this skill and I have to work hard on these skills to make it much better and to increase this parameter. So, as a result of this, it can be determined that there is a major need for me to work on these parameters for making me suitable for the job position. The reason in this is that in order to get the success in the business and to have a great and bright future, there is a need of focusing towards multiple skills. In like manner, communication skills also need to be polished because it will support to increase good relationship within the organization as well as support to communicate the information adequately. Working on improving this skill will improve my proficiency and support me to handle the situation adequately.

5.1 Improvements

SkillsDeficiencies WhySolution
Decision makingI have majorly theoretical knowledge so while dealing in the professional environment.

Moreover, till now, I have not get much opportunity to take decisions.

So, I think I will face the issue of decision making as professional decision making is quite different from the casual decision making.


For this purpose, there is a need of increasing the concern towards online sites while increasing the use of social websites (Arasti, Fakhrisadat, & Narges, 2014). Moreover, narrowing the options will also remain assistive to focus in a particular arena. It supports to increase the concern to make effective decisions.
Organizing skillsI have seen that I am not so good in organizing. In my college life also I faced the issue of organising the things in an effective manner.

I have less scheduling skills.

Utilizing the strategy of team management will remain supportive to increase the organizing skills as it will enable to set goals and targets towards the achievement of those goals (Thaler, & Levin-Keitel, 2016). Moreover, it will enable to make effective scheduling towards the achievement of the goals.
Interpersonal  SkillsI am less concern about soft-skills which plays major role in interpersonal skills.


To improve my inter-personal skills, I need to join the  training classes as it will support me to improve my inter-personal skills and will support me to interact with my superiors,  colleagues as well as juniors in an effective manner ( Alphonse, 2016).  Moreover, I can also take the assistance of my professional relatives and friends by increasing communication with them.

Section 6: Strength and Weakness Analysis

StrengthAccording to the analysis, it can be stated that my major strengths are technology skills, teamwork and problem solving skills. These strengths will remain supportive for me to handle the situation in an adequate manner and will enable me to perform the given task efficiently.


WeaknessDecision making, organizing and interpersonal skills are my major weakness on which I need to work. Working on these parameters will enable me to improve my proficiency and make me more eligible to get hired by the multinational automobile firm.


Above study remained highly assistive to analyse the skills required as a mechanical engineer and the skills I have. It has supported to evaluate the skills and allowed me to analyse the areas where I need to work. This self-evaluation will remain highly assistive for me to identify my goals and has supported me to get understanding regarding the areas where I need to work to develop my career as a mechanical engineer.


Adeyemo, A. A., Longe, M. P., & Alakoso, A. A. (2014). Value Addition to Human Managerial Skills in the Livestock Sector in Nigeria. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development4(11), 510.

Alphonse, N. (2016). Managerial Skills and Head Teachers Job Success in Selected Nine Years Basic Education Schools of Huye District-Rwanda. International Journal of Research in Social Sciences6(1), 491-511.

Arasti, Z., Fakhrisadat, N., & Narges, I. (2014). Explaining the role of managerial skills of entrepreneurship in business success. International Journal of Management Sciences4(1), 42-52.

Beenen, G., & Pichler, S. (2016). A discussion forum on managerial interpersonal skills. Journal of Management Development35(5), 706-716.

Bhattacharya, D., Guner, N., & Ventura, G. (2013). Distortions, endogenous managerial skills and productivity differences. Review of Economic Dynamics16(1), 11-25.

Bunăiașu, C. M., Vlăduțescu, Ș., & Strungă, A. C. (2014). Managerial competences in the field of university curriculum for virtual learning communities. Revista Romaneasca pentru Educatie Multidimensionala6(2), 17-27.

Capriglione, F., & Casalino, N. (2014). Improving corporate governance and managerial skills in banking organizations.

Claussen, J., Grohsjean, T., Luger, J., & Probst, G. (2014). Talent management and career development: What it takes to get promoted. Journal of World Business49(2), 236-244.

Flin, R., Martin, L., Goeters, K. M., Hörmann, H. J., Amalberti, R., Valot, C., & Nijhuis, H. (2017). Development of the NOTECHS (non-technical skills) system for assessing pilots’ CRM skills. Submitted to Human Factors and Aerospace Safety.

Helfat, C. E., & Peteraf, M. A. (2015). Managerial cognitive capabilities and the microfoundations of dynamic capabilities. Strategic Management Journal36(6), 831-850.

Hernández, J. G. V., Campos, P. C., & González, S. (2015). Jesús Rafael García (2015); Design of a proposal for improving the organizational culture based on managerial skills. The case of the Institute of Technology Lazaro Cardenas. Journal of Social Sciences (COES&RJ-JSS)4(3), 886-885.

Hoffman, R. C., Shipper, F. M., Davy, J. A., & Rotondo, D. M. (2014). A cross-cultural study of managerial skills and effectiveness: New insights or back to basics?. International Journal of Organizational Analysis22(3), 372-398.

Kor, Y. Y., & Mesko, A. (2013). Dynamic managerial capabilities: Configuration and orchestration of top executives’ capabilities and the firm’s dominant logic. Strategic Management Journal34(2), 233-244.

Mujtaba, B. G. (2013). Managerial skills and practices for global leadership. ILEAD Academy.

Thaler, T., & Levin-Keitel, M. (2016). Multi-level stakeholder engagement in flood risk management—A question of roles and power: Lessons from England. Environmental Science & Policy55, 292-301.

Varela, O., Burke, M., & Michel, N. (2013). The development of managerial skills in MBA programs: A reconsideration of learning goals and assessment procedures. Journal of Management Development32(4), 435-452.


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