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Week 7: Where next?


It is time to start focusing on yourself and your learning future. The final two weeks of this course will help you to bring together all that information you have gained about yourself – your skills, knowledge and qualities – and about learning itself, to decide on and plan how you can take more control of your learning in the future.

This week, you will be starting that planning process by using some action planning methods that are often used in both personal life and in business – which can just as effectively help you plan your learning future.

Jonathan introduces Week 7 in this video:

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Jonathan Hughes
Welcome to Week 7. This week asks the basic question of where next. In fact it asks quite a few questions like, where do you want to be in five years time? What’s your personal vision? Is your personal vision work related? Perhaps it links to being in a particular sort of job or occupation. Perhaps your vision is more a personal vision. You’d like to see yourself as a more confident person in the future. Or you might see yourself at university studying your favourite subject.
So this week focuses on developing your vision and using that as the basis for all your future learning. Now you may be wondering what that has got to do with Succeed with learning. It may sound a bit airy fairy if you’re a practically minded sort of person, but just think about it for a moment. If you’re trying to fix a car or bake a cake you need to have in mind what the end goal is and how to get there.
The same applies to all your future learning. You need to have a clear goal and plans to get there.
The next thing the week encourages you to think about is setting realistic goals. To do this you need to think about that unique combination, your personal combination of qualities, skills and knowledge and use this as the basis for all your successful learning in the future.
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After this week you will:

  • have a vision for your future
  • have learned about action planning
  • have applied a technique to help you select the best goal for you
  • be able to identify SMART goals
  • have set a SMART goal for yourself.

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