Shane talks about his career development and how to plan ahead for your PDP

The people behind sky posted on 17 Sep

Shane talks about his career development and how to plan ahead for your PDP

Sky Careers
We caught up with Shane Dunne, who recently moved into a new role, to hear his career journey at Sky.
 
I began my career here in November 2012. It wasn't long before I started calling 1BP my second home and my co-workers my friends. That sounds cheesy but that’s the environment we all have collectively created here. 
 
My first role here was as a Sales Team Leader. As a Team Leader, I had various managers over an eighteen month period. Things were moving fast. In order to move fast with the business, I decided with the right motivation I could achieve my goals. To do this I set myself various milestones to accomplish. Key to my own personal success was to putting my plan down on paper. I wanted to visualise exactly where I wanted to go and to set myself goals to achieve the milestones I had laid out for myself. It empowered me to have more meaningful and impactful meetings with my manager with a focus on my personal development. 
 
After 18 months I was promoted to Sales Centre Manager. This was a new role and was unique as I’d be dealing with performance across both Sell and Save. In the two and a half years I was in this role I learned so much more from my fellow managers than I ever would’ve expected. They aided my development more than anything else. Whether they were acting as a sounding board to bounce ideas off or simply sharing past experiences. They gave me honest, direct feedback and most importantly dispensed their sound advice, cultured from many years of experience.
 
I received two pieces of advice early on in my career here that have stuck with me, and I always reflect on them before any monthly 1-2-1's or PDP meetings:
1. You have to own your own development plan
2. Be great at the job you have before you look to move elsewhere
With those two pieces of advice in mind, I tend to be overly critical of my own performance. Each month I’d detail my strengths and weaknesses, the objectives I have achieved and the next steps with my manager. All of this was to work toward an agreed goal. That could be an improved PDP rating, more responsibility or getting that next role you desire.
 
Honestly, it took me longer than I wish to admit to ask for help with my development. However, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Knowing your own ambitions is the easy part; verbalising that to your manager or peers can be more daunting. With the help of the company's many resources this actually wasn't something to be concerned about. Coaches, peers, managers, My Sky Development Studio and my workplace friends, have all helped me personally to grow at Sky. 
 
In January of this year, I was thrilled to hear that my performance had been recognised and that I was to be promoted to the role of Sales Performance Controller. This new role again involves exposure to a completely new channel (Retail), and so my development cycle begins again. I look forward to embracing this head on, and setting myself new goals, new milestones to accomplish for the year to come. 
 
To conclude, when it comes to your development; honestly assess yourself, work towards your goal, make time for your development, don't be shy, and ask for help.