Reflection on Personal Skills Development


Reflectionon Personal Skills Development


Reflectionon Personal Skills Development

Thispaper will give an in-depth analysis of my personal skillsdevelopment in relation to academic skills and self-awareness.Individual development refers to a series of activities that onecan participate in for the sole purpose of increasing self-knowledgeand personality In particular, it involve talent development,building personal capital, living quality life, developing careerskills and growth and ultimately playing instrumental roles towards realization of ambitions and visions. Basically, personal developmentis not limited to individual growth but also pursuing activities thatcan help others to develop also, for instance, teaching, counseling,mentorship, and supervising others.

Myfirst year in college has proved to be a large platform forapprenticeship and personal progress. Through engaging in severalprojects, individual presentations as well as through feedback Ireceived from my work, it enabled me to improve my personal skillsand academic both as dependent learner but equally as a participantof informal or formal individuals. Having been allocated tasks suchresearch essays, literature reviews, all of them involving written ororal presentation, engagement in diverse skills that could not havefound a good environment to develop in critical and creativethinking, team work and good stewardship of time are just a few casein point (John, 2012).

Besides,determining our capabilities and understanding of the task assigned,assessment allows us to improve on things we are executing well andmodify our weak areas. Assessment can be executed by ourselves,evaluation and adjudicating our roles in a subjective way or byothers. Consequently, the disadvantage of being self-assessors is thejeopardy of being accused of bias. Ultimately, admitting the feedbackreceived on duties has been instrumental factor for the progress ofindividual skills. In addition, it did not only help me to identifymy weakness and strengths, but also gained confidence and keenness,which are key fundamental factors for self-growth (Swain, 2008).

Theassignment undertaken in the second semester, Business management forpersonal skills, has certainly drawn my attention to the areas ofweakness that need to be improved, such as note taking approaches andrephrasing, and guide me improve them, on equal measure, appreciatethe significance of executing a workload plan for every valuation.Even though time stewardship has demonstrated to be one of my fortesin each of the previous activities have accomplished, still there isroom for continuous development.

Consequently,undertaking this assignment, positioned me to analyze my writingskills, as an individual and also participation in class activities.Feedback received was motivating on the class assignment activity andacknowledging the significance of paying attention to instructionsnecessary to accomplish the set purpose of the task (Kennelly&ampMaxwell, 2008). Being allocated the duty of writing a literaturereview facilitated in advancing my writing skills structuring essaysand precarious analysis of my weakness. Through this exercise therewas an opportunity to improve.

Duringthe second activity, verbal communication was widely employed.Besides discussion with my other three classmates, it involved givingpresentation and defending the output our our task. Responses fromthe previous task aided me not to repeat the same mistakes. Improvingmy communication skills not only meant presenting reports andparticipating enthusiastically in group debates, but also working asunit with my group members. Working as a group resulted to completionof assigned tasks effectively, because we all different with diversecapabilities (Koppes &ampSalas, 2007).

Thebooklets undertaken for the third assignment clearly indicated animprovement in our essential analysis skills, but more importantly inour time stewardship ones. Individually, managing to complete my taskon time and handed work ahead of the cutoff date. Although managingtime and especially adhering to deadlines has been one of mystrengths, there was a feeling to progress more on the goal settingside. Setting goals and prioritizing are one of the areas I`m stillworking on and I`m finding them more related to character than totheoretical skills (Connor,1980). As a result of undertaking thisassignment, it guide me to identify diverse tactics that could beuseful in development of strengths and precise my weakness.

Inconclusion, this assignment functioned as a great platform for theenlargement of my academic and personal skills, facilitating mebetter understand my-self by pinpointing my strengths and weaknesses.Completing individual and group responsibilities and taking intoattention feedback received on my duties has assisted me adjust myweaknesses and further advance my strengths. This has led to medeveloping a work plan for continuous improvement and identifyingapproaches for turning weaknesses into important strengths. Ingeneral, I am contented with my development, but I am also aware thatthere is always space for further progress.


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