Building my Skills Portfolio
To be perfectly honest when I was singing for this workshop I thought to myself: "What could possibly these 3 hours give new to me?" It turns out a lot! Not only I got to meet new interesting people but also found out bunch of new things about myself.
When completing the Honey and Mumford Learning Styles Questionnaire I scored the highest score as Theorist, meaning I tend to adapt and integrate observations into complex and logically sound theories. Furthermore, Theorists think problems through in a step by step way. They tend to be perfectionists who like to fit things into a rational scheme. They tend to be detached and analytical rather than subjective and emotive in their thinking.
Does anybody thought about the meaning of Reflection? I did not until I started applying for summer internships. Questions like, Describe a time that you faced an important task with challenging time constraints, made me reflect on my previous thoughts and actions. During the workshop I found out that in order to do better in the future you have to train reflective thinking by keeping a diary/blog, taking assessment questionnaires etc. One of the first things I will try to implement within the next four weeks is keeping a diary of all the most important events of my life. That way I can keep a track of my positive/negative experiences and learn from them.
There was another skills questionnaire which helped me to analyse my weaknesses and ways I could turn them into my strengths.
- Team working could be improved by participating more actively in seminar discussions and upcoming group projects.
- Leadership could be improved by working as a Careers&Skills Representative, facilitate the dissemination of information from Student Careers and Skills to students in my department to enable students to make the most of services and events available to them. Taking initiative is another skill which I could improve through Representative role by introducing more effective ways of reaching students.
- Time-management could be improved by keeping a diary of all deadlines and upcoming events.
- Critical thinking is one of the most difficult skills which I will try to develop. The first step will be attending one of the skills workshops called Critical Thinking. Hopefully, it will give some guidelines.
Overall P1 workshop was really useful to me and I would definitely recommend it to my fellow students in order to develop new skills which will be useful in both academic and working life.