On completion of my Warwick Skills Portfolio Award I would like to reflect back over the six workshops I attended and assess how my original action points went.
The Warwick Skill Portfolio has been an enriching experience, not only has it encouraged me to develop further skills, in academia, career planning and personal development but it has also enabled me to reflect on the skills I already possess.
Final evaluation of my SMART* goals:
1. My first goal was to improve my assertiveness and communication. As I have previously stated in previous blog entries attending the Effective Seminar Participation was the key workshop in helping me to work on this goal. More broadly, however, I have gained the confidence through completing the whole Skill Award program and with each workshop I attended gained a little more assertion each time. My communication in seminars and through my academic writing has also improved and is reflected in the improved marks I have received.
2. My second goal to improve my academic writing has also been effective and as said above this is reflected in my improved essay marks.
3. My third goal of gaining knowledge about how organisations work and commercial awareness was a goal which I had to modify at the end of my process. This was due to the workshop on commercial awareness not being run within the time frame of completing my award, therefore I attended the organising myself and time workshop instead. Whilst I didn’t manage to attend the commercial awareness workshop I have done my own personal research into my field of interest and with the knowledge that it is helpful to gain some commercial awareness before entering a company for employment I will over the course of my time at Warwick work towards improving this skill.
4. Finally I endeavoured to become more self-aware. I think this goal has been met throughout this process. Through attending each of the workshops I have been able to evaluate and reflect on my own personal development and skills base and have also reflected on my personal values and what is important to me. Undoubtedly I have increased my self-awareness and hope to continue this in the future.
Using the SMART model to set my goals has enabled me to achieve them. Being able to set a specific goal as well as set a time period for completion is a skill which I will take forward after this process and apply to other goals in life. Through completion of this award I have gained valuable knowledge and experience in organisation, academic writing, personal development and self-confidence. All of the workshops I attended in some aspect will aid me in life after Warwick and have given me a foundation of skills to build upon through the course of my career.