March 22, 2011

Follow up to P1 War Skills Development Wrokshop

Follow-up to An Introduction to My Skills Development and Warwick Skills Development from Samantha's blog

It has now been around eight weeks since I attended the P1 Warwick Skills Development workshop and want to use a key aspect of the workshop, reflection, to look back over the past term and see how I have put my action plans into use and developed my skills.

My first action point was to develop my assertiveness and communication. My main problem was not being able to communicate effectively in seminar and I wanted to attend the P5 Effective Seminar Participation to gain some advice on how to change this.

Upon completing the workshop, as you will read in my blog post “Effective Seminar Participation (P5)” and “Follow Up For My Effective Seminar Participation (P5) Workshop” I was happy to report that not only had I learnt some valuable tips in confidence building and communication skills with my peers but I have also put these into effect over the past eight weeks to great effect. I can happily say that my skill in voicing my ideas and gaining the confidence and assertion to do this has definitely improved.

My second action point was to improve on my academic writing, to help me not only during university but also when I get a full time job and need to use my writing skills to do reports and assessments. Firstly I think that by completing the Warwick Skills Portfolio and writing blogs such as this one will be helpful in itself, but I did also want to attend the A3 Academic Writing for Arts and Social Science workshop to see what specific tips I could glean for my university essays. This workshop was fantastic and has enabled me to fully understand what it is to write an academic essay. I am now confident in knowing the process to take when approaching a piece of written work and have also seen a rise in my university grades improving by up to ten marks on some essays.

Thirdly I wanted to gain some commercial awareness. This action point is one which I have yet to work on in terms of attending the workshop, as it has not been at a time I can attend yet, but I have been able to take points from the C1 careers planning workshop and do some of my own research into the area I want to work in upon graduation from Warwick. Whilst I have not perhaps gained as much as I hoped I would by this point I am still committed to attending the workshop next term and hope to benefit from the speaker.

Finally I wished to work on my general self-awareness. Through this blog and the Warwick skills portfolio award I have been able to reflect on all the workshops I have attended and to reflect over the skills that I have gained and knowledge that I have taken forward into my academic and personal life. I have met new people and exchanged conversations with students at Warwick who I would otherwise not have met. I have also gained the confidence to attend talks and presentations and learnt to help myself to gain the skills I need for the future and not to merely expect to be ready for a graduate job without any personal effort.

The P1 Warwick skills Development workshop has benefitted me greatly and all I can say is that I wish I had attended it in my first year and begun this journey of skills development sooner. Although luckily I am on a four year degree course and have plenty of time before graduation to develop my skills further and take the opportunities Warwick University has to offer its undergraduate students.


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  1. Mary Sage

    A great final entry for P1, Samanatha. it’s really good to see how the whole reflection process has helped you in so many different ways, which you have linked together, and looked at from a more holistic perspective. I look forward to reading your final entry for the award when you have completed a final workshop.

    Best wishes

    Mary

    24 Mar 2011, 12:47


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