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3 Reviewing and strengthening

Photo of a pink Post-it note with 'Time for review' written on it.
Figure 3 Reviewing

Before writing your action plan, you need to give yourself space to review what you have done on the course, and to revisit any aspects that you need to complete, or about which you want to think more deeply.

Activity 2 Filling in the gaps

Timing: Allow approximately 20 minutes

Table 1 is provided to remind you of the kinds of activity you covered in each week. Use your thoughts in your notebook, to decide which activities you might need to devote some time to this week before moving on. Identify those activities you need to:

  • revisit (in order to cover an area in more depth or to do a bit more thinking or work on)
  • do for the first time.

Make further notes in your notebook or in the ‘My note’ column of Table 1 in the Resource pack.

Table 1 Activities covered
Week Key topics/activities My note

‘Wants’ from work

Workline – influences on you so far

Beliefs and values

Interests and passions

Constraints and limitations


Knowledge and skills

Roles in life

Skills acquired in work, learning and life


Work you want to do

Market for work and matching it

Finding out about types of work

Working patterns and options


Work experience placement

Finding work experience

Benefiting from work experience

Voluntary work and how to find it

Learning review of the course so far



What it is and why to do it

Types of networking

Mapping out your own network

Using networks to obtain work

Social networks and registering online


Analysing job advertisements

Matching skills to job advertisements

STAR and RAPPAS techniques

Completing application forms

CVs – and the different types

LinkedIn profile creation


Interviews and how to approach them

Types of interviews

Types of interview question

Preparing for interviews

Performing in interviews

Following up from interviews

Now identify three priority areas you want to review this week. You can always go back to the lesser priorities later. For now, focus on the things that will help you to decide where to focus your energy once the course ends.

Write down your priorities in your notebook.

Try to make your ideas about what you need to do quite specific. So, instead of writing ‘look again at interviews’, for example, write something like ‘practise answers to competency-based questions’ or ‘practise (with a friend) giving my answers in a confident voice’.

Copy this table into your notebook or you can complete it in your Resource pack [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Table 2 Priority areas
Priority Area Why What do I need to do?










Once you have your priorities, you are in a good position to decide how best to use your time this week. The activity in the next section is one which you construct (in part) yourself, as it focuses on your priorities.