All entries for Wednesday 02 March 2011
March 02, 2011
In the past few weeks I have been able to put into practice the skills I gained from the Effective Seminar Participation Workshop.
My first action point was to incorporate my body language and actively listen to others in my group. I have found that by appearing more confident in myself I have engaged with others and seen that they too have more confidence when discussing research areas.
My second action point was to use language cues to encourage others to engage in the discussion. By using phrases such as "What do you think..." or "Does anyone disagree with me?" I have actively gone forward to invite discussion. This has worked really well and has given the seminar more purpose and direction. I find that I gain more from my peers and they are more willing to share their research with me. Overall this has probably been the most beneficial change for me and by extension for the group as a whole.
My third action point took care of itself in some respects. My tutor made aspects of the seminar more interactive and tactile by bringing in artifacts from the specific region we were discussing. This made the interest for the subject matter immediately increase and provided more relaxed casual conversations between the seminar members about the artifacts.
Also on this point my other seminar tutor divided up the work load between students and gave each individual a specific area to look at and discuss in the next seminar. This worked really well and meant everyone had to contribute their research to the group.
Overall my participation in the workshop opened my eyes to how small changes can have a big effect on the atmosphere in a group. I particularly liked seeing how by feigning my own confidence meant others also followed my lead.
It has been a couple of weeks since I attended this workshop and I am pleased that my writing as improved and that this has been reflected in my academic grades.
My history essay gained a 62 which I am very pleased about. I feel that this workshop gave me a clear strucutre and process when writing essays and the information I gained has enabled me to improve as an academic student.
I was able to take the comments forward and apply them to my other essays which I hope will also recieve a 2:1.
I am hoping that higher grades are also reflected in other essays I write and that I can continue to achieve 2:1 classifications in my assessed essays and examinations at the end of the year.
I am pleased that I have achieved what I was hoping to in attending the workshop it has been very beneficial to my work.
The Politics essay which I specifically mentioned in my intitial blog has still yet to be marked but I will update this blog when I am able to with the grade I achieve in that particular module.
I recently attended the C5 Career Planning workshop and want to review the session in close detail.
My initial understanding on what the session would entail was slightly different to the actual aims and objectives of the workshop. That isn’t to say that I did not gain valuable information about how to begin my career planning it is merely to say that I will take the ideas brought out in the workshop further to tailor to my needs.
Having said that the session gave me some general avenues to follow to research my particular career interest. I also learnt more about how to gain relevant experience and specifically whether the skills I know I possess are right for the career path I have chosen.
At the beginning of the workshop the cycle of career planning was shown, with the start beging to evaluate yourself and your values, then to research into career paths and finally to gain relevant work experience. I think that I was already at the final stage of this cycle and whilst the worksheets on finding out my personal values cemented my initial thoughts on what I am like as a person I did feel as though I needed to focus more on the work experience aspect of my planning stage.
I have to say that I did learn some interesting things about my personality, and the skills set I currently have. Through the worksheets I explored myself and reflected what values I look for in life and what I would look for in a career.
Quite refreshingly I found that the values I have would match my desired career path of the Civil Service and that was quite reassuring.
In terms of action points, I want to continue on my cycle of career planning that was discussed in the workshop. My next stage would be to continue gaining the relevant work experience needed to be able to show my dedication to improving my work experience and to show interest in the career path chosen.
Therefore I want to set myself three action plans:
1. To apply for work experience that will help me gain relevant skills
2. To use my work experience effectively and try and gain the most out of it that I can
3. To research my chosen career path of the Civil Service and gain some commercial awareness towards the government as an institution.