November 22, 2011

Week One – Follow Up

Follow-up to P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio from Matt's blog

Tutor: Han-Na Cha

So, I was going to wait until the assessment I completed prior to the first blog post, before I started this one. Despite it being over a week, nothing new in the pidgeon hole, so no comment there with the result of that piece of work!

Incidentally, we have had another project to do in the meantime, so this is where our story begins: 1000 words, general essay style, with the title "What are the different types of blindsight and why do they occur?". I decided to continue of my action point to follow my intuition, and be more of an "Activist" (not over-thinking things). Therefore, I ended up letting my whole knowledge of the subject spill out onto the page, without feeling the need to structure my thoughts, or censor them in any way. Through this method of creating mind maps, refining them, putting them in random unnecessary colours, drawing pictures of blind people etc etc. actually really helped me to get everything out there, without me panicking that it wasn't written perfectly, or thinking about where it was all going to fit in later - definite plan for future essays! However, this left me with about 2200 words; 1200 over my word limit. Despite my action point of not putting in unnecessary effort to improve things when they're already perfectly adequate, I figured now was the time to unleash the beast. 6 hours later, and one by one, 1200 words were gone - there's a time and a place for being a perfectionist, and an excessively long essay is definitely the time! (incidentally, the learning grid was the place - irrelevant).

With reflection on this experience, a new action point seems to be emerging - time management. I often end up making sure things are perfect, but put them off (possibly due to thinking the task is too great, it can always be improved etc. - you can tell I take psychology as a degree...). This goal: set time aside to work on the project, don't leave it until the last minute!

Oh, careers society - didn't get the position I was after (grr), yet just as the phoenix is reborn from the ashes of its former self, I've reflected on this experience and learned a lot. The interview itself was a learning experience, along with the general feeling of being proactive and going outside of my comfort zone - something i'm working on! Also, it turns out Ad Hoc clashes Badminton club (another new venture I've undertaken!) So, I've decided to alternate between doing badminton and Ad Hoc each week.

Hmmmm anything else... Internships are another big thing I've decided to be proactive towards (being more of an Activist), and I'm heading off to a career appointment later today to discuss what I should put in my CV and internship applications (which I'm currently working on), leading again to employers liking me, and giving me jobs. And money. In addition, I'm going to loads of talks on how to write CVs, cover letters, which employers look for what, and so on. The next step is to find more leadership oppertunities, and I'm not quite sure where to go for this, just keeping my eyes open and aiming to get involved in anything that comes my way! It's so competitive out there, any actions I can take will help the cause (even if they do involve me having to get out of bed before 7 in the morning..)!

That's about all for this week!

Matt


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  1. Han-na Cha

    Hi Matt,

    You’re right about using the right skills at the right time and this was the right time to hone in on the detail. But, hold off on that perfectionist front when it’s eating up your time.

    Good reflection and hopefully the experience of reflecting on your careers society interview will give you a few learning points to take forward for another time so that you can build on your experiences, rather than file away a bad experience and never learn from them.

    Look forward to reading your next installment.

    05 Dec 2011, 15:56


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