The Summer and Personal Development

During the first semester of university one of the modules taken was ‘Academic Skills’, and part of the assignment was to submit a Personal Development Plan (PDP).

Over the summer I expanded on the original document I submitted, and updated as a number of short term goals & objectives had been completed during the second semester. While expanding I decided to include my past employment and development, including my employment history and courses that I had taken prior to starting university.

I found that while writing about my past employment experiences, which included my roles, tasks and projects that I had taken part in, I was able to better identify my skills and knowledge. Thinking back also allowed me to identify areas of improvement.

Seeking to continue my personal development over the summer I was fortunate in that I had an excellent opportunity, and found (or, I should say, it found me) a summer job that enabled me practice old, and rusty, skills, and learn some new ones.

I was also able to keep up on my reading and, finally, got around to reading Capital in the Twenty First Century by Thomas Piketty, along with a number of books on technological developments, geography and politics (geopolitics), and tax (keep an eye out for a future post on this last one).

Going forward from here I plan on completing the Employability Program at Anglia Ruskin, writing about the ten key skills will be made easier thanks to my work on my PDP. I recommended having a look at the employability program to everyone, at the very least it helps you think about your experience and areas where you can improve.

The key skills are:

  • Self-Management,
  • Teamwork
  • Business and Commercial Awareness,
  • Problem Solving,
  • Communication and Literacy,
  • Application of IT,
  • Numeracy,
  • Project Management,
  • Languages and Cultural Sensitivity,
  • Social Responsibility,

As treasurer in the Fashion society this year is looking to be a busy one. As this will be the first full year of the society’s existence we’ve a full range of event ideas that are being implemented. Part of this involved building my awareness of the fashion industry (see key skills above, I’m able to link this is business and commercial awareness) and I am fortunate to be working with a veteran of the fashion world, who is also the president of the Fashion society.

In martial arts it can be said that you’re always training, from practicing your breathing to your movement (carrying a tray full of drinks, I found, has a way of focusing your mind to keep the tray balanced as you move). I applied this over the summer and took the opportunities to expand not only my skill set but also knowledge.

All C&C’s are welcome.

Author: Jamie Hall

Author of Jamie A Hall.

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