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

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5.5.5 Identify ways of further developing your IT skills

Think about your overall IT skills and suggest areas where you feel you need to improve, based on the experience you have gained. You might find it useful to discuss with your tutor, manager, another student or work colleague how you might do this. There may be changes you feel you need to make so that you can move forward, such as trying to extend the facilities and resources available to you, changing the way you study to make best use of the time you have, or focusing on improving your own skills in specific areas.

Evaluation is an important stage in a project. Do take the time to evaluate your work when it is completed; don't neglect this stage or forget about your work. If you are studying a course, your tutor will have made comments which should help you assess how well you are doing, and what you need to focus on next. If you are improving your skills at work your manager or supervisor may be able to comment and give suggestions for further development. You may also have received feedback from other sources. You should consider all such feedback carefully and take it into account as you move onto the next stage of your work.

Remember to carry out a self-assessment of your skills when you start a new course of study, or a new project. You then have a benchmark or reference point against which to assess your skills development.

Time out

If you keep a record of feedback you have received and your responses to it, over a period of time you can see how it has influenced your learning and skills development. You will then be in a good position to know how to improve further.

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