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Introducing the voluntary sector
Introducing the voluntary sector

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1.1 Review and reflection

It is useful 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. The following activities give you the chance to do so.

Activity 1 Reviewing the course topics and activities

Timing: Allow approximately 20 minutes

Comment

Completing this table will have given you a sense of what you have achieved so far. You might have noted some topics that particularly interested you and that you might want to study further or discuss with colleagues (if you are working). Next, you’ll develop these thoughts further and formulate your thoughts into action points.

Activity 2 Identifying areas for further study

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes

Now identify three areas that you would particularly like to learn more about through further study or through where you work or volunteer.

Try to make your ideas quite specific about what you want to do. So, instead of writing ‘look again at annual reports’, for example, write something like ‘practise interpreting annual reports’ or ‘revisit my organisation’s annual report to see if I can make suggestions on making it clearer for stakeholders’.

Also, note whether you think this could be something you can do now and practise further through your organisation and/or whether you want to take another course.

Table 2 has been partially filled in to show the kind of information you need to capture. You can either copy the table and fill it in or, if you prefer, use the word document we have provided.

Table 2 Priority areas
Priority areaWhy?What do I want to do?Work or further course
Practise interpreting annual reportsTo make sure I understand the information they containProgress to a management role

 

 

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When you know your priorities, you will be in a good position to decide what your next steps will be in terms of your job, volunteering or further learning.