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Key skills: making a difference
Key skills: making a difference

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3.2.1Review your current capabilities, including your preferred learning style

Before you begin to plan in detail what you hope to achieve, it is useful to look at relevant examples of previous work or study as well as the feedback you received from different people. This review should help you to confirm those areas you need and/or want to work on. Feedback from others may also point out areas you need to work on which are different from the ones you expected. These areas might relate to specific skills, such as interrogating a database, or they might be more general, such as working in a team. Consider also your preferences in how you learn, for example, working on your own or with a group of people surrounded by noise.

Time out

Use your academic records, performance reviews, awards, information from your tutor or manager etc., to help you put together a skills audit of your current capabilities. You can use the other key skill descriptions from the Bookmarks to help you identify the different skills. When you have decided on those areas which have the highest priority for improvement, you may find it helpful to discuss your ideas and plans with a tutor, colleague, fellow student or manager.