All entries for Sunday 15 May 2011
May 15, 2011
Admittedly I have not posted an update for my C1 Careers planning workshop until now. This is primarily due to the fact that only at this time do I feel I can reflect on my action plans. As career planning takes a period of time and cannot be completed over night I hope that my late entry will be acceptable.
Firstly I want to reflect upon my first action to apply for work experience that will help me gain relevant skills. Recently, through an advertisement on the Comparative American Studies Careers Facebook page I found some relevant work experience at a local museum in Warwick. This work experience is voluntary however provides me with the opportunity to gain some valuable skills. Firstly it involves researching through achieves for information regarding soldiers in World War I and II. Secondly I am able to interact with the public and help with general enquiries and finally there is the possibility for me to be involved in the IT side of running the museum and its link to up and coming social networks.
M second action point was to use my work experience effectively and try and gain the most out of it that I can. My time, so far, at the museum has proved very beneficial and had given me some guidance about what skills I need to improve in order to pursue a career in the research field.
Thirdly I hoped to research my chosen career path of the Civil Service and gain some commercial awareness towards the government as an institution. Last week I was fortunate enough to attend an information evening regarding the area of the Civil Service that I want to enter. Through this event I was able to ask questions and gain knowledge about the job itself as well as the lifestyle of living in London. At the end of the event I was also able to network with the representatives and talk one on one about working within the government.
Not only did the Careers planning workshop give me pointers and direction regarding the stages of guiding myself towards a career path but it also helped me instigate these stages and move forward with the planning process. It is very easy to sit back and put it off thinking I have abother two years here at Warwick. The truth is that the sooner you start your career planning journey the more time you have to explore what really matters to you and what you want in later life. For me, through the work experience I have gained and the event I attended I am certain that I have chosen the field I wish to enter and so I can move onto the next stage of my planning and begin to research job vacancies, practice my interview technique and practice the application process.
I would encourage anyone to attend the C1 Careers planning workshop as although I said in my last post that it was not quite what I expected in the end it has guided my past two month, encouraged me to act and given me two valuable experiences.