November 13, 2012

First entry on Getting started on skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Workshop Tutor: Amanda Randall

Introduction

I attended the P1 workshop on the 10th of October, that is 4 weeks ago. This means I should be on the final stage of my reflective blogging, but I am ashamed to say that I am only just starting. I took this workshop on my second week at Warwick, with high hopes of taking advantage of every opportunity the University of Warwick had to offer, but ended up falling flat on my face with the realization that once again I had let myself get overwhelmed by the situation and failed to comply with my obligations.

The process of settling in was not easy, and I felt that time was passing by faster than I could keep up. I let myself get dragged along and did not stop to think what was it I was doing by leaving everything for “later”. I lost sight of the whole picture, and forgot my final goal, but I am writing this reflection to get back in track. I believe that the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award will help me enormously in my personal and professional development and I am willing to work hard to achieve it. I know now it is going to be harder than I expected but I am willing to go the extra mile.

The P1 workshop got me thinking about REFLECTION, what it is, how to do it, and the benefits it delivers. I had never been more convinced about this fact than on this exact moment. Self-awareness and analysis is the only way we have to learn, change and improve both in our academic/professional and personal lives. We cannot expect to be perfect but what makes us better is to be able to face our mistakes and try to learn from them as to not repeat them in the future. For instance, through this exercise of reflective writing I have forced myself to break a pattern of not doing things just because it was too late. I am not sure if this will be accepted for the WSPA; giving that it is way past my deadline, but my motivation behind it is to stop procrastinating and start progressing.

Actions

  1. So to stop being that much of a theorist and reflector (which I am) and start being more of an activist and pragmatist (which I am not that much), I will set myself the action points I need to follow from now on. Subsequent to my admitted weakness, my first action is going to be attending the P7 workshop on Organizing Yourself and Your Time. I have now booked a place for tomorrow’s session. However the real challenge is not going to be attending the workshop but following through with the reflective writing as well as applying what I learn to my actual time management. But whatever the difficulty of the task I feel truly motivated to do this and see the advantages it can offer to me.

  2. My second action will be to take more advantage of the reflective writing process. I am astonished to see the difference it can make to just think and reflect about ones mistakes from actually writing it down and concretizing the issue. This is why I will start carrying a diary with my reflections about both professional and academic issues. I will write down my thoughts and force myself to analyze them more thoroughly in this way.

  3. And my third action will be regarding the ‘whole picture” I was talking about before. I need to get more active with my career planning, as there is no more time to loose. I have already attended some of the seminars from the Careers and Skills Centre about writing a CV, but now I need to attend the personal interviews to get it revised. My goal is that by the end of this month I have completed my applications for graduate schemes as well as internships

  4. Finally I would like to use tis space to apologize for the late entry, and ask you for the opportunity to continue in the process to achieve the WSPA. I would appreciate if you could guide me in this process and enlighten me on what is the next step in order to do this.

To write a follow up, go to http://go.warwick.ac.uk/skills//blog


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  1. Amanda Randall

    Hi Maria,
    I am delighted that you have decided to start blogging for P1 – it’s not too late and you have set yourself some good action points to aim for, relating to what you have learned about yourself. Well done for making this difficult start. Have you begun your diary? Your other actions are SMART, so this second one needs a time-constraint to make it SMART, too!

    The guidelines for follow up are in the P1 Introduction handout. Basically, over the next 4 weeks you need to blog two more times, reflecting back on how you are getting on with your actions – what has gone well or not so well. Then after 4 weeks you write your fourth and final P1 blog. For this you will need to write a detailed reflection of what you feel you have learned from the workshop and from carrying out your action points. Reflect on your action points and summarise what you feel has gone well, what not so well and what you will differently in future, as a result of attending the workshop.

    You need to attend and blog for a total of 6 workshops (P1, an academic one and 4 others of you choice-these are all listed in the handout you had at the first session and are also listed on the WSPA webpage: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/scs/skills/awards/wspa/ )
    I shall look forward to reading your second blog post in a week or so!

    Best wishes,
    Amanda

    19 Nov 2012, 15:54


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