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Working in diverse teams

7.1 Ways to get team experience

Listen to Rebecca Fielding from Gradconsult talking about different ways to gain experience of working in a team if you are not currently in work.

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REBECCA FIELDING:
If you feel you haven't got a lot of experience in terms of teamwork, and you feel that that isn't a strength currently, I'd recommend getting out there and getting yourself some experiences. Volunteer. Become a member of a local volunteering team. Join your church. Join your mosque. Whatever your religion is, or if you have children, join the PTA. Join a sports team. I think the message here is get involved. Teams are ultimately groups of people who come together with a common cause to get things done. And they can come from any walk or aspect of your life. So my recommendation will be if you feel that these aren't skills you currently have, get out there and have a go. And you'll learn an awful lot from doing it.
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Activity 9 Ways to get team experience

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Look at the examples of gaining team-working experience, given below, and see if you can add any other ideas to this list. Try to add at least one more idea.

Table 2 Examples of how to gain experience of team-working

Volunteer

Use the website www.do-it.org to explore voluntary opportunities in your area based on your interests and the activities you would like to get involved in and skills you would like to develop.

Join a sports team

Have a look at your local council/district council website for activities you could get involved in.

Become a school governor or trustee

If you have children of school age then consider volunteering for a position on the governing body where you could develop your teamwork skills. If not there may be other organisations you are connected to, which may be run by a trustee body you could get involved in.

Join a social group like a choir or orchestra

Have a look at your local council/district council website for activities you could get involved in.

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Think of your own experience and whether you could try any of these. If you are already aware at this point of the course that one of the issues you may have in terms of marketing your team experience to employers is the lack of examples you have to draw on, then it is certainly worth taking a few moments now to reflect on what you might want to do to enhance your experience of working in teams. Make a note here of three things you may want to look into further:

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