November 07, 2011

P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Tutor: Han-Na Cha

Workshop Date: 2nd November 2011

Alrighty, so the first skills session was based around finding out your own learning styles, your best attributes, and how you should best reflect on your life, especially in relation to personal learning. I discovered, (as I already suspected!), I'm not much of an 'Activist', so what better time to change that than now! (well, maybe changing this a while ago would have been better, but whatever).

I had a piece of coursework in for the next day, which I was pretty panicked about. However, instead of staying up for half of the night, gaining as many different perspectives on which might be the correct way of completing each task, I decided to let my own personal intuition shine through, as when the job was done; it was done. Strangely enough, I felt okay with this, and instead of fighting the constant urge to get out of bed at all hours of the night to improve on Fisher's Least Significant Difference test, I decided a few episodes of Family Guy would be more beneficial to my personal sense of well-being.

So, what did I learn from this life experience? I was drawing on the questions that we answered in the seminar, about taking more risks in life (controlled risks, not stupid "I'll just hand this piece of 1000 word limit work in, having done only 50 - the marker will see this funny side", kind of risks). Furthermore, I was probably not "absolutely correct about things", with regard to the piece of coursework, but so what? The amount of work I put in was sufficient, and I'll learn from the feedback. Saying this, I did return to the work in the morning before heading out to university, and like the prodigal son returning to his father, was accepted with open arms by my own perfectionist attitude - 30 mins maximum of final proof reading isn't that bad though, eh?

My next plans are to jump right in with societies that contribute to my overall career goals - namely "Ad Hoc" society, which is focused on Marketing in particular. I figure that if this goes well, I won't end up sticking "I like marketing, but I know nothing about it, and can't prove it in any way by any previous experience" on my CV, and employers will like me. Also, Ad Hoc is a clever name, and it amused me (good marketing strategy Ad Hoc! *thumbs up*). Another part of my journey to self improvement, and trying out new things, was applying for a position in the careers skills society. If I get this, I'll have more leadership skills, and links with businesses etc etc. Again, moving out of my comfort zone, and into the proverbial sea of lifestyle change.

Awesome, let's see how all this goes.


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