Workshop Tutor: Siobhan Scanlon & Siobhan Qadir
This seminar gave me the opportunity to consider myself.
Firstly, I could think about my strengths through ¢®?Strengths Dictionary¢®? which has definitions of a variety of strengths.
This was useful to find my strong points and what character is more required. I found I have strong adherence, detail, persistence and character as connector and little adventure, willingness of competition and counterpoint.
I was also able to look back my skills through check list and to learn how to express these skills in my application with a certain example or clear evidence. Even though I know what I am good at, I found it not easy to develop persuasively. It seemed very important to come up with some cases showing my strength in practice and to express them effectively.
In addition, there was time to think about what I want from a job, which contributed to finding my aim of career and making a direction for it.
Moreover, this seminar gave me good information of how to find job placement and job network. I realised that it is very significant to keep in touch with those who work in the area which I have interest in. I feel I have to start some network activities such as ¢®?twitter¢®? or ¢®?linked-in¢®?.
Overall, this seminar was quite helpful for me to gain self-awareness which is the first step of career planning. Learning how to express my strengths and skills as well as how to search job information made me more confident to start my career planning.
I am going to start searching job placements or organisations I want to work for.
I will make a list of them and keep an eye on updated information.
I am also going to begin networking through social media such as ¢®?twitter¢®? or ¢®?linked-in¢®?.
After making my account, I will search related organisations and those working in my area, and I will try to keep in touch with them.
A variety of links I was given through the seminar will be helpful, and some of my friends who graduated from my course will be good advisors for me.
Although this work has to be ongoing, I am going to undertake the basic task such as making a list and trying network by the end of December.
I am going to make my aim visually, using pictures or written slogans.
While doing job searching, I will narrow my goal down specifically and make it visually.
This will be very helpful to remind my aim everyday and keep going for it.
It would be made by 7th in January.
I will draw up my CV or application by 14th January.
Although I have my CV now, which was used to apply for the university, it needs modifying.
I will ask for the feedback of the tutors in the university and make my CV more suitable for my area and more effectively.
If I find a placement, I will make appropriate application, too.
These kinds of work will be very useful to prepare for my career in practice.
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