Understanding your sector
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Understanding your sector

Week 8: Taking action

Introduction

Well done, you have reached the final week of the course!

Last week, you thought about how you can make use of the knowledge you are gaining about your sector. More specifically, you explored the concept of the SWOT analysis and how this can help you to analyse factors relating to your sector. You then used this to investigate three key areas: improving your current performance, retraining or gaining new qualifications, and progressing your career through a new job or career change.

This week you will decide what actions you need to take based on the goals you have identified and what you have learned over the past few weeks. At the end of this week you will have a practical action plan containing realistic aims and objectives to guide you as you take steps to make these aspirations a reality.

Watch Lynne Johnson as she introduces Week 8.

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LYNNE JOHNSON
Welcome to Week 8. And congratulations on reaching the final week of the course. Last week, you used SWOT analysis to consider how best to make use of the information you’ve gained about your sector and improve your current situation. This week, you’ll be building on your practical action plan and identifying steps you can take to make your aspirations a reality. For you, this could mean progressing your career by gaining a promotion, considering a career change or starting to think about applying for a new job. In this final week, you’ll also start to think about how a mentor might be able to support you in taking your action plan forward, and find out how to identify people you feel could be suitable and effective mentors for you. I hope you enjoy your final week of the course and wish you well in your future career endeavours.
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Once again, please use your notebook or the Toolkit [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   to jot down your thoughts and responses to the activities.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • outline your current situation in the light of work completed during this course
  • define the important elements that make up an action plan
  • list the key points that you have learned from the various elements of this course
  • construct a personal action plan based on these key learning points
  • explain how a mentor might be able to support you in taking forward your action plan and identify people whom you feel could be suitable and appropriate mentors for you.
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