May 16, 2010

C4 workshop reflections

I have recently applied for work experience in the Buckinghamshire County Council Legal Department, and I have been accepted for it. I feel that the section about covering letters useful, as my application was speculative, and through highlighting my research and knowledge of the department I aimed to gain work experience in I could demonstrate my interest. Furthermore, through thinking about how I could demonstrate my motivation to gain work experience there, I was able to convey this in the email. I also looked again at my CV, ensuring that it was concise. I was able to write more about the skills I feel I have gained from my academic and non-academic activites, such as teamwork and comunication and convey these positively on the email. Therefore, I think that this work shop was useful in helping me to assess my skills and has improved my ability to convey these in a clear way for potentially useful work experience opportunities, and the one I have gained so far with the help of the things I have learnt will hopefully be useful.    

C4 Making Effective Applications

I recently attended the C4 Making Effective Applications Workshop. I have been applying for summer work experience, so this workshop was useful to help me improve my applications. The main things that I found useful were the opportunity to look at the structure of a covering letter, and how it is important to have researched businesses through a business research engine. Using the CARE and STARE techniques of filling in online application forms is helpful to understand the structure which is expected, and it is useful to think of possible real-life examples I could use to demonstrate my skills. It is useful to look at the most common questions asked on online application forms and how to answer them in the best way. It was also useful to look at constructing the clearest CV which is concise and informative for potential employers to read.

Action Points:

1.  Practice writing examples and structuring points which I could potentially use in online application forms to demonstrate my strengths and skills.

2. Revise the structure of my CV ensuring that it is precise, looking at it from the perspective of an employer.

3. Look up business research sites

4. Think more about other things to add to my CV

5. Research more about covering letters.

6. Think more about job ideas. 

March 10, 2010

career management workshop C1

I think this has been one of the most helpful workshops I have attended, as it made me think about progressing with career ideas. I had talked about doing a law conversion Graduate Diploma in law after University, as I study History and Sociology. I did some more research about it as I have also been thinking about that option for quite a long time. This kickstarted my thinking, and I went to an open day at City University for postgraduate study, although I am in my second year, I think it has been useful to think about it now.

I also went to see a History careers advisor, who gave me further information about how I could progress with my careers ideas, and she then sent me a link to the CSET solicitor's summerschool for second years, and I then decided to apply for it, and I had to do a verbal reasoning test. It is an interesting opportunity, and I look forward to possibly attending it, and learning more about the role of a solicitor, and it will also improve my CV in applications for work experience and potentially the GDL.


Career management workshop C1

I have also recently attended the workshop for career management for arts students. This was extremely useful for thinking about what suseful skills I already have, and talking about what kind of things I actually need to do to progress with my career ideas, such as following up contacts for work experience, which would be useful.

I also found it useful discussing my career plans and the structure of how I could realistically achieve my aims, for example following a more stuctured career path.

I also found it useful to talk about how I could improve my volunteering and extracurricular activities experience. 

The questionnaire about priorites and motivations in a job were also useful, as they help me to think about what type of job would be suitable for my lifestyle and attitudes. It was also usefully suggested that I should go and speak to a careers advisor to talk in further depth about my plans.

1. Follow up contacts for work experience. 2. Think about career ideas. 3. Take part in more volunteering. 4. Visit a careers advisor.

Reflections on A3

It has been a couple of weeks since I actually did the wokshop, and hopefully I can take the skills that have been highlighted forward to work on my assesed essays. I have also had several non assesed essays back and I have been pleased to achieve 2:1's on them. Aswell as all the other skills I have mentioned I feel that after thinking about using more expressive and entertaining language, I feel that this has improved my marks and the general quality of my essays.

I have been able to ensure that my introductions set out the main points of my essay, and I have also been able to consolidate my skills in paragraph writing, ensuring that there is an evaluative point in each of them, and that the first sentence of each introduces another idea.

Overall this has been an extremely useful workshop, and I hope to take forward the skills I have improved on to writing my assesed essays and also the end of year summer exams. This has made me think more about how concise my sentences should be in essays, making it more accessible to the reader, so that they understand what I am trying to explain. This has also helped make essays more interesting for me to write, as I can use more expressive language. This has increased flexiblity in my writing, while maintaining the structure through good sentences and paragraph structure and presentation.

Academic writing for arts and social science students A3

Action points

1. Use more concise sentences 2. Improve paragraph structure and evaluative sentences with a value judgement 3. Use expressive and entertaining language in essays 4. Think about which learning style suits me. 5. Think about introduction structure.   

A couple of weeks ago I went to the workshop on acdemic writing for arts and social science students. The main things I found useful were about sentence and paragraph construction. This has reminded me that I should not make sentences too long, to make them more accesible to the reader.

I also found the advice on paragaraph structure useful, as this reminded me that a paragraph must start with sentence explaining an idea, and the further sentences must offer further explaination, there must also be an evaluative sentence at the end of the paragraph, as everthing written contains a value evaluative judgement. 

I also found it useful to clarify the idea introductions need to set out all of the main ideas of an essay, rather than being a paragraph about one point already starting the essay. But it should also leave some questions about the conclusion of the essay until the end of the essay.

Another point I also found useful was that it was a good idea to use some more flexible, expressiveand entertaining language to make the essay more interesting to the reader, while not being too opinionated. I also found the information about identifying your learning style interesting, as it has made me think about what I can do to improve.

P6 workshop reflections

I have had time to reflect on what I have learnt from this workshop, as it was a few weeks ago, and I find that I am more willing to talk to people about how they feel if it seems they are not entirely happy or anxious about something, but would not have necessarily spoken about it otherwise and this means that I can understand why other people might do somethig which I might not have otherwise. This gives me a greater emotion awareness

I have been able to think about my own emotion management, and think about specific issues that may be affecting me such as anxiety, and what the issue actually is, so that I can try to resolve it.

I have also found that when something upsets or annoys me, I can understand that I can manage my own emotions and deal with it in an effective way, as I also learnt from the workshop questionnaire that I am quite good at actually understanding how I feel.

This workshop has given me increased awareness so that I can reflect on my own behaviour and how I can improve my own emotional intelligence, and mange my emotions but also so that I can understand others emotional behaviors and how to react to it.

Introduction to emotional intelligence workshop P6

I have recently attended the workshop Introduction to emotional intelligence. I found this useful because there was discussion about managing your own and others emotions such as anxiety. I found the questionnaire useful as it highlighted areas  in which I need to develop my own emotional intelligence such as anxiety management.

An important point that I gained from this workshop was that you can manage your own emotions, and that others cannot force you to feel angry. I also found the exercise useful about expanding your emotional vocabulary so that you can describe to yourself and others how you are feeling and you can understand it more. Also looking at pictures of people faces to learn more about understanding how they are feeling from their expressions.

I also found the exercise useful about giving people time to talk about how they feel they could improve their emotional intelligence without interrupting them, as then people are likely to go into more depth about what they think and how they feel, leading to more understanding, it is also useful to ask people how they are really feeling if they seem upset, this avoids misunderstanding and conflicts, as we do not always know how people are really feeling just from the surface. Overall I think that this was useful workshop as it made me think more about awareness and management of  my own emotions and others.

Action points 1. Think more about how I can manage my own emotions. 2. Think about how I can understand and mange others emotions. 3. Thinking about why I feel a certain emotion and understand it. 4. Explain to others how I feel through using my emotional vocabulary and understand how other people are feeling, and talk to others about how they feel giving them a chance to explain without interrupting them.

January 26, 2010

useful points from the workshop p2

I found some of the points particularly useful. from the workshop P2. I found that thinking about how you can change and adjust your behaviour often subtley, and this can have a great effect, as you can appear more assertive through voice techniques, and this was very interesting to me. For me the level head falling tail technique, is useful so that you can appear calm but also more confident in many situations. This can also help resolve conflicts in a calm manner. This workshop has also highlighted the importance of voice volume and intonation when expressing your views, as being assertive makes people listen to you more. Your posture can also express assertiveness.

The voice techniques and postures of assertiveness have been useful to me, already, as I wanted one of my housemates to pay a bill. I was worried about it, and I had been asking for a few weeks but I felt she was not listening and did not do anything about it when I did ask. However, the next time I asked her and I used the level head falling tail vocal technique, and improved my posture, and I felt that she listened to me more and then she paid it after that conversation! I think if I had not used that I may not have felt as confident that she would listen or that I could ask her and insist. Therefore I think that was useful.

In addition, in seminars my voice was often quite quiet and I felt that people did not listen or really respect my opinion. However, in a seminar today I found that if I raised my voice slightly and spoke in a more confident and assertive manner then people listened to me more and respected my opinion, and I felt better about expressing my views in the seminar. Therefore I think that using a more assertive vocal commuication pattern was useful, and led to better vocal quality through breath production and volume. Therefore this was useful for me.

Becoming more assertive – Action Points

I have recently attended the workshop P2 'Becoming more assertive,' and I have decided to write my action pointsto tke from this workshop.

1. I hope to handle potential conflict situations better, through resolving issues through explanation and listening to the other persons point of view.

2. I would like to improve my assertive verbal communication through use of the 'level head falling tail' technique and voice volume and intonation.

3. I would like to improve my assertive posture, so that I can communicate an assertive posture in many situations.

4. Through using these techniques of voice, posture and communication I hope to improve my confidence and assertiveness.

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