3 Reviewing and strengthening
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
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.
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.