All entries for Friday 18 November 2011
November 18, 2011
In this final entry, I would like to reflect on my recent experiences, thoughts and observations regarding my action points I have set few weeks ago.
Due to unintentionally deleting my first entry, unfortunately, I do not remember all three action points, I will try to summarize everything that pops in my mind now.
1. understanding my personality type and being more open to knew/unexpected situations
The very first workshop I attended was P1 – Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award. I attended this workshop on October 12 which I think was the best thing to do because during the workshop we were given The Learning Styles Questionnaire from which I found out a bit about myself, especially my learning style and my approach to task completion. I had very strong preference for REFLECTOR, which means that I am always focusing on details, I lean more towards listening than speaking in a group and what is more, I sometimes take too much time for thinking, which occasionally reminds me procrastinating.
This questionnaire helped me to realize my weaknesses, or let’s say those things that were calling for an improvement. To be more specific, I had decided to become more spontaneous and open to new things. This was the reason why I have attended a number of workshops from the portfolio such as Becoming More Assertive, Working in a Team and an Introduction to Emotional Inteligence, which I think helped me to better understand my personality type.
During the first few weeks in Warwick, I found this environment quite competitive. Many students for example speak more languages than I do, or they have already come across some of the topics from the modules we have. But now I know how to become a valuable member of the group when participating in seminars or groupworks. I understand that I need more time when thinking about something, or I need to evaluate all the information before making the right decission or saying my opinion. So now I am more proactive, I trust my skills and myself more, especially when working in a group.
2. working towards P1 skill portfolio and attend as many workshops as possible
Well, I have to say, I am quite good at this. But it has to be said that I am not doing this just for achieving the award. I do believe that these workshops and sessions, not only from myAdvantage, but also those run by Career Centre or external employers, offer something unique which cannot be found in my modules. I consider self-development as one of the most important things that the University of Warwick offer and which I want to take from it with me after my graduation.
So far, these workshops have provided me with a range of different skills and knowledge which I am planning to develop in the future because when it comes to finding an internship, year placement or graduate position, these soft skills are equally important as the knowledge gained during the studies – maybe even more!
To conclude, I am happy that I had a chance to attend P1 worksop at the very beginning of the year. I am sure that I would not have done such a progress without it!
Thank you Samena for for your opinions and quideline you gave me during the last 5 weeks.
All the best