Assessing My
personal strengths and weaknesses and how I have developed them successfully to
enhanced my career.

 

This semester has been extremely eye opening
and rewarding I have identified and learnt various strengths and weaknesses in
such a short amount of time.

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The very first assignment has been extremely
fundamental to my first semester, it has helped me become more aware of myself
and my skills. I now have the expertise about myself I can identify my
weaknesses from my strengths. This has helped me to develop my weaknesses into
employable skills and how I can develop a weakness into a strength. I used my
Personal development plan to contribute to the development of my three weaker
skills, the first being self-doubt, team work and procrastinating. Semester one
has endeavoured me with many of my qualities one of them being that I work far
better on my own than in a group, with team work being a skill that I need to
improve and the hard facts that I score a higher grade on my own original piece
of work compared to when I work in a group, therefore if I want to be able to
continue to achieve grades that I individually, I need to implicit myself into
team work. Another weak employability skill that I identified on my PDP is my
self-doubt. I want to improve on my self-doubt because I have learnt that if I
don’t believe I can do it no one will be able to. I know that if I want to be
successful in life I cannot doubt myself every time I complete an assignment
therefore I am working on how to control and better myself.

Finally, my third weak employability skill is
my tendency to procrastinate. Procrastinating has been one of vital weaknesses
from a young age, I always tend to drift from focusing my attention from one
aspect to another, therefore I have tried to improve myself from not
procrastinating as it can be destructible to my future work and assignments. These
three of my weaker employability skills I am trying to improve on and better
myself through various sources which will be explained in this assignment.  

 

The first employability skill I identified on
my PDP that I need to improve drastically on was the fact that I always self-
doubt myself. Self- doubt is one of my top weaknesses something I have always
found difficult to control and overcome. I have always initially self-doubted
myself from a young age, it recently started to become an issue during exam
season. ‘make each day your masterpiece’ (John Wooden, no date). During
assignment one my self-doubt rose again, moving from school into university was
a massive opportunity but it came with a lot of fear, fear of failure
particularly. Having to submit my very first assignment of the semester was
daunting and my self-doubt became apparent. In order to tackle my, self-doubt I
took it upon myself to take action, I stated in my PDP that I was going to go
to counselling, however when I went on the university’s website I found that
they offer online counselling so I decided to use that first to see if it had
an impact on me. I used the online self-help programmes which directed me to a
website called living life. One quote that helped me is ‘the key to
change is self-acceptance’ (Leon F.
Seltzer, Ph.D. 2015) I read a book called
‘why do I feel so bad’ the book outlined why I self-doubt and how I can
overcome it simply by changing my diet or what activities I do it’s a step by
step to breaking down the cycle of why I feel so bad constantly, small steps
will help overcome my self-doubt. This form of method was extremely beneficial
to me as I was able to get an insight as to why I may be constantly
self-doubting myself. Another way that I decided to help overcome my self-doubt
was watching YouTube videos in particular one by ted talks called freedom from
self-doubt this was very informative but the main message of this video is that
the past should not dictate the future, therefore I can learn from my failures
and turn them into positives. ‘failure is only the end if you decide to stop’
(Richard Branson- No date). I have learnt that I need to be approving of myself
and to stop worrying. ‘trust your guts and values’ (Bruna Martinuzzi,
2013) as it will help to overcome my self-doubt. After reading an e-book by
Dale Carnegie called, how to develop self-confidence and influence people by
public speaking. I was able to understand certain ways to improve and overcome
self-doubt and why people like me in fact everyone at a point in their life
will suffer from self-doubt. One quote that stood out to me in the book was
‘unless a person has thought out and planned his talk and knows what his going
to say, he can’t feel very comfortable when he faces his, auditors’. (Dale
Carnegie 2011).

 

 

My second employability skills I want to improve on is
team work. Team work is
essential for success (Cameron, S 2016).I have always despised team work, this is due to the fact
that no matter how much hard work you put in someone who doesn’t always gets to
take credit for it also. During semester one I was faced with this problem, unfortunately
because it was too late to change groups I had to stick it out. According to
Belbin’s theory team work is “A tendency to behave, contribute and
interrelate with others in a particular way.” (Belbin, 1981). During
induction week, we had to present a short presentation to the entire cohort the
entire group consisted of six people however when it came to finally presenting
there were only three of us. In order for team work to become one of my top
skill employability skill I had to take action, therefore I decided that I was
going to watch other groups to see how they interacted with each other and how
an excellent group presentation is conducted. It was clear from the video that
in order for an excellent group presentation it was no only about the
information but about your body language as well, giving eye contact to the
members in the group and not talking over each other shows that you are
professional and know what you are talking about. I am going to attend career
development week also on the 12th of February 2018 which will help
me as there will be all kind of workshops run between the four days. During my
second group presentation, I took all of the negatives from my first
presentation and turned them into positives we received far better results, as
a group we achieved a higher grade of 62%. This quote really stuck of to me and
shows me to perspectives of team work ‘Great things in business are never done
by one person. They’re done by a team of people’ (Steve Jobs, no date).
However, to conclude I still prefer to work on my own as I still get individual
better results. According to Kolb’s learning style theory ‘people naturally
prefer a certain different learning style’ (Kolb’s, 1974)           

 

My final employability skill I wanted to
improve on was my need to procrastinate. Procrastinating is something I have
always done I always get distracted by something else, therefore it’s important
for me to try and stop as it can affect my future. The first action I took upon
was having a goal and setting deadlines therefore every time something
important came up I decided to prioritise certain tasks to their importance.
‘They learn better taking their time to think’ (Mobbs, 2010) I was set three
assignments that are all due in around the same time, two on the same day,
therefore I drew up a plan which days I was able to fully commit to my
assignments and which days I was working to fully get the most out of my days.
The best thing about setting deadlines was that I knew what I had to work
towards I knew how long I had and when I needed to do a certain piece of work
which essential got me to do all my work on time and efficiently. ‘you need to
schedule when you are going to work on a project’ (Elizabeth Lombardo Ph.D 2017). After studying the self-determination theory, I was able to conclude
that I am motivated by getting better grades. (Edward L. Deci and Richard
M. Ryan, no date)

    

 

During my time at university I have also
developed in other skills and abilities for example my organisational skills
being the top. I have improved drastically on my organisational skills,
studying full time and working along-side each other I have to be constantly efficient
and time affective. From the start of university, I have had to prioritise certain
tasks to meets deadlines. Moreover, from assessing my SWOT analysis my personal
life was an initial threat, trying to fit in university work around my part
time job and balancing a social life as well has had its challenges, therefore
in order to stop myself from sacrificing my entire life, being organised has
truly helped if I have all my university work undergoing a month before
deadlines I don’t end of cramming a few days before the deadline and therefore
should reduce my self-doubt as well.

 

 As you
can see in my appendices I attended a careers interview to help guide me in
relation to my CV. This careers interview was very enlightening I was given
actions that I need to take upon to my CV employability worthy. The areas
discussed were re wording certain heading to make them more informative and to
the point.

 

In the appendices, you will find my career
action plan, it’s outlined the next three years, five years, and ten years of
my career and where I want to be. The key elements from my career action plan the
first initial step is to complete my degree and graduate with a first class,
this is an important factor for me because it’s the first step to securing my
dream career. If I don’t graduate with a first-class degree in 2020 my entire
career could be put on hold in order for me to fully do what I want. The next
part in my career plan is securing a graduate placement with Jaguar Land Rover
as they offer an excellent graduate programme with the ability to grow with the
company and have opportunity’s. finally, the last step in my career action plan
at ten years I want to be at the peak of my career, becoming a qualified
project manager, with JLR I want to grow with this particular company because
of the opportunity’s that they offer including benefits.     

 

Finally, to conclude I wrote a letter to
myself during the start of assessment one sealed it up, and only opened it
today, it contained my feelings about the starting university. My letter to
myself was very personal as it contained aspirations of mine including wanting
to develop skills that would be beneficial towards me on this course. The most
important piece of information in this essay is that I want to put more effort
into my work I feel I have this semester I feel like my work is my art and I
really want to do well and exceed exceptionally throughout my time in
university.