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2 What roles are played in life?

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Figure 2 Roles I play in life

Imagine yourself as an actor in your own life, like a character in a movie. You probably play a lot of different roles. You might have a role as a parent, as an employee, as a friend, and sometimes, like now, as a student. Each of the roles you play demands different things of you.

One way of uncovering the skills you have already developed is to begin with the range of roles you play in life.

For example, if you have previously been a student you would have needed the skills of learning, of time management and of communicating in writing. Perhaps you enjoy DIY? If so, you have developed not only practical skills but planning and organising skills as well. If you are a parent, you have developed childcare skills, but also probably those of budgeting, time management, delegating, cooking, and so on. By chairing meetings of a club, you develop skills of dealing with people, as well as those of managing the discussion.

Obviously, there are many more examples that could have been included here, but hopefully these will spark your own ideas for the activity in the next section.