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

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9 Improving your skills in working with others

9.1 Introduction to improving your skills in working with others

This key skill focuses on developing your skills in working with others and applying these skills in your studies, work or other activities over a period of time. To tackle all of this key skill you will need to plan your work over at least 3–4 months to give yourself enough time to practise and improve your skills, to seek feedback from others, and to monitor and evaluate your performance.

A main purpose of this key skill is to guide you through the management of a group activity culminating in a group presentation of the outcomes of the work. It involves you in actively contributing to the presentation of information.

You will need to identify opportunities for developing your skills in working with others, for example, when:

  • managing and presenting outcomes of a group project carried out at a residential school;

  • contributing to community activities, such as organising a major event;

  • investigating and implementing ways to improve work practice.