My journey to achieve this award has been an interesting and rewarding one and yes (very cliché) I found out a lot about myself. I’ve chosen to write my final entry in the structure of the reflective learning bookmark we got from the workshops to show in very simple terms my personal development.
What did I do well and not so well?
I believe I put my experiences across well when it came to the blogging after a slight nudge in the right direction at first by one of the tutors. I think that it is a tool for later life which can be used in workplace to analyaze your performance; this can be in short run on projects or in the long run for example what you have contributed to the company. I found that I wasn’t really that involved when it came to my participation in the workshop however and that I was maybe not so open. I believe that I could improve on this in the future by sitting down and discussing this emotional issue with a close friend or acquaintance. I take this from my action plan on the P6 Emotional Intelligence workshop. I found it to be an effective action point and I am sure if I implement it I will see results in this situation as well.
How do I feel about it?
Put shortly I feel good about it. I was never taking a negative attitude towards anything. I found everything we talked about useful; some things more so than others. In terms of my ambition for going for the award I believe that I have actually developed through doing the blogs and am now able to talk with confidence on a number of skill topics; I have found this really satisfying because it’s something that stays with you and will benefit me in the future for my career.
Is there anything I want to stop doing?
Well not really. Basically I gave it some good thought and basically I’ve realized that a lot of the activities I took in my action points have become habit now. It all comes together in the P7 Organising Yourself and your time workshop. I sit down approximately every 3 months and write down a list of everything that I need done and prioritise the tasks according to Urgency and Importance. This includes things like attending networking events and careers session to increase my knowledge of careers skills with regard to the P9 workshop as well as limiting my social networking time by going on in the morning which is realistic and frees up more time for other activities.
What could I start doing?
I believe that when it comes to my career I haven’t really researched or given it some serious thought. I generally tend to reply to my career ambitions that I want to the financial sector. This leaves a lot to be said and a lot to be done when it comes to applications. By paying attention towards a certain sector or profession it can make it easier to bring across your motivation for applying and what your ambitions are because you’ve done your research. I am going to put this on my list of things I want to get done during the summer after completing my exams.
Could I try something different?
I’ve been attending workshops and I intend to do on future on academic and personal skills. However, I think it’s about time I tried to use them and get involved a bit more actively with societies and help organise and market events. Marketing is something I really want to try as well and I enjoy talking to people.
What and who will help me develop my learning further?
In terms of what can develop my learning further I learnt from P9 Career Planning that there are still so many more workshops and events that I can go to which can continue to learn and develop. I will keep posted by visiting My Advantage. I am also subscribed to the newsletter which brings me updates every month or so; that will be a great way to keep in the loop. As for who can help I have the e-mails of some of the tutors whose workshops I attended and discussed different things with him and intend to keep in touch with. As well as the tutors a lot of my friends in university are good to talk to on these matters; not only do they provide a fresh perspective to things but they’re more heavily involved with things than I am, so they’ll be able to give me some ideas and some of their initiative will rub off on me.
What might hinder my progress?
I’ve got a few possibilities:
- Myself losing motivation
- My academics which will be really busy next year as its third year
- Applying for graduate jobs and internships
I think I can make some progress towards all three by simply planning ahead which will make me less tempted to just drop stuff. As for the first point I don’t think that I would lose the motivation especially if I was involved in a society because there would be that feeling of responsibility that I need to do well and I would be enjoying it if I had chosen something I liked that is.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the experience and seen the change. I’m really excited to see what will happen next year and also even in this summer. Talking and explaining about my motivation to apply to certain internships will no longer feel like a chore and I have come to understand more about myself; what I’m good at bad at, my personality, my preferences, my skill set and many other things. All of which are very important things in today’s world.