Presentation on theme: "Developing Professional Skills"— Presentation transcript:
1 Developing Professional Skills Year 2 Computer NetworksSkills Awareness WorkshopAndrea Duncan, PDP Coordinator
2 Aims to help you:Identify and explain evidence of skills important for professional roles in computingBecome more aware of individual strengths and qualities, including contribution to teamsImprove ability to present yourself to others eg CVs and interviewsImprove ability to reflect and take stock of academic learning and other experiences
3 Personal/professional development: processes of reflection & planning. Formal or informal activitiesLooking back and looking forwardsWriting down thoughts, ideas, feelings, hopesThinking about what went well…or didn’t go so wellSetting new goals and making things happenLinks directly to CPDeg professional registration with BCS
4 Everyone is doing it....All students in UK strongly encouraged to use PDP processesCommon practice in the workplace- for ongoing professional developmentUN support outlined on NILE ( PDP tab) linked to tutorials and/or to core modules on your courseNUPAD web pages and MyPAD e-portfolio to help you…..but it’s YOUR responsibility!
5 PDP supports both STUDY and EMPLOYABILITY It is a two-way process……. Looking Back…Reviewing progressEvaluating performanceReflecting on learningexperiencesLooking Forward…..Defining goals and objectivesTargeting any gapsAction plans
6 Academic Experience…thinking it through Thinking about skills you are using and developingReflecting on strengths & how to fill any gapsPractising translating skills into language for work contextsTaking action on comments for improvement eg attending skills workshops/Centre for Academic PracticeAttending tutorials & using PDP tools6
8 Articulating your skills orally…… In pairs ask each other the question:‘Give an example of how you contributed to the work of a team. What challenges did you face, and how did you address them?’Switch roles and repeatConsider what went well; think about how you could improve your evidence.
9 Group tasks….. Setting personal and shared goals Interpersonal skills Managing meetings and tasksTime managementProblem-solvingPresentation skillsKeeping records – minutesEvaluating work of others (peer marking)Reflective skillsWhat specific contribution might you make to your team project……How might you help your team work more effectively?
10 PDP for your future success: becoming (& staying) employable Employability? - any job? graduate job? career promotion? beat recession? own business?Work-based experience essential - need skills gained from studies AND part-time / voluntary /vacation activitiesUnderstand how your learning can transfer to new situationsHave a clear view of who you are becoming, & what you can offer – essential for effective applications
11 What employers look for in selection - for placement/graduate applicants Evidence of specific skillsExamples you can describeExperience gained in different situationsEnthusiasm knowing what you want and whyTo gather this evidence form applicants employers use application forms, CVs and interview processes.As time goes on and you apply for higher level and more competitive opportunities the selection gets tougher and more sophisticated.11
12 You need more than a degree …. making your experience count The majority of employers are interested in any experience you have: the trick is to be able to show what you have learnt and how you have developed.‘I’m looking for graduates with good communication skills, and the ability to work in a team. I like to see initiative, particularly when it involves problem-solving. Time management, organisation and business awareness are invaluable’Make your experience relevantIncrease your chances by standing out from the crowd!
13 Application forms - how will you answer these….? Give an example of a problem you have had to solve. How did you go about it?Describe a situation which demonstrates your ability to deal with difficult people?What do you consider to be your most important achievement and why?Give an example of how you have worked successfully in a team.The part of the form employers are most interested in -they want to know, for example, not just about the problem and its solution, but more importantly the process you went through, and any initiative & creativity you displayed
14 Build up your store of individual ‘mini-stories’ academic project (team/individual)research taskpart-time/vacation jobvoluntary projectfamily responsibilitystudent activitytravel experienceorganising rolepersonal challenge
15 What is reflection…….. Making sense Standing back Repetition Deeper honestyWeighing upClarityUnderstandingMaking judgments
16 PDP as a continuous process - on work experience …and everything
17 Getting the most from work-based experiences knowledge of organisation’s structure and systemskeeping notes on learning experienceslooking out for opportunities to learn new skillsresponding to change & coping with pressurethinking & reflecting on skills and personal qualities developed17
18 The art of translation… The art of translation…..translating your experiences into CV/interview languageThe SO WHAT? EXERCISE:Task/responsibility/achievement:so what?....I developed skills in……..so what?....specific EVIDENCE statements which demonstrate that these skills and aptitudes could be applied elsewhere.Ideally these should be linked to the job/person requirements of the opportunity (to show how they can add value for the organisation)
19 MyPAD : e-portfolio space on NILE Your personal storage space to track your development, thoughts and plansUse blogs and wikis to build your profileSuggestions to help you get started - content and presentation up to youLink to other useful/interesting web resourcesUse to track progress with study topics, on-line discussions, work-based learningPotential resource for CVs, applications, interviews, promotion…..
20 Why should you bother to write things down? it’s easy to forget the detail of our feelings and reactions to particular tasksputting into words what we have learnt /need to learn often makes it clearerfuture employers are interested in detailed examples, even negative experiencesa good habit to develop for career progression in the workplaceReflective notes can be short and sharp!