written by a graduate’s point of view
Whether you are learning a new topic or even stepping out of your comfort zone, developing skills can be challenging and insightful. Particularly at university you are being given a wide variety of topics to learn and understand. So make sure to improve your analytical, creative and grammatical skills.
It is important that we begin to learn more about ourselves and the style we work best in.
Following are some of my top action tips that I taught myself during university. These steps in particular helped me to keep track of my skills and aided me in learning new ones at a rapid pace.
Action Step 1: Keep a track of all your current skills and list those that you wish to obtain.
By following this step you will be able to shortlist each skill when it comes to picking or even choosing an opportunity that is suitable for you. In order to gain the best possible experience within your chosen occupational field – regardless of if it’s voluntary or paid work. This way you will know exactly what area you should be working on and how many steps you have to scale to reach your desired profession.
Action Step 2: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone even if you feel you are not ‘qualified’ enough to take on a certain position.
You will constantly continue learning and growing, feeling a little ‘uncomfortable’ in a new territory as you are most likely coming fresh out of school or University is common. Keep reflecting in order to keep all your energy for future opportunities and never excoriate yourself.
Action Step 3: Always have some projects up one’s sleeve.
Some ventures may be unrelated to your degree, make sure that you take the time to really grow them from the ground upwards. When it comes to future interview questions about projects you do in your leisure time you are able to impress. For instance, putting together a gaming review blog, writing short poems or even working on a cookery book. Keep those projects updated as they will prove invaluable at your interviews.
Action Step 4: Finally, teach yourself a variety of sub topics and skills that will aid you during your educational journey.
By practicing your editing skills for example through the whole Adobe CC suite, scheduling time to work on your grammar or even allocating some time in the day to work on new softwares or tackle a topic which is usually out of your comfort zone. By watching tutorials of educational courses in order to improve your own understanding of varied skills like leadership, communication or resilience.
At first glance developing new skills through university can be daunting if you impose yourself on a lot of skills to learn. However with skilled time management and suitable devices you will be able to earn new abilities that fit into each of your schedules. The key is to enjoy the process of skill development and see your potential growing, your knowledge expanding and new insights and information developing.
Good luck and remember that your skills often define your career in the long run. For now, keep enjoying learning, experimenting and working towards your passions and skills. And always keep in mind; “strive for progress not perfection”.