Reflecting on your progress will highlight much you have already achieved. Understanding how your skills have developed (and how you can continue to build these) will ensure you are prepared for the opportuities ahead.
After each workshop or event we suggest spending 15 minutes to consider the following:
- What are the main learning points of the session?
- What did you learn that was new?
- How confident are you in using these skills in a professional context?
- Can you think of a professional situation where you have used these skills? What did you do well? What could you improve for next time?
- How can you practice this skill moving forwards?
- In an interview, how could you describe your experience using this skill? Can you think of a practical example?
- Are there other opportunities to learn more about this skill or to put this skill into practice?
Remember that skills don't operate in isolation; they are part of a wider and interconnected set. For example, good presentation skills require confidence in public speaking and time management skills to ensure you are well prepared.
Reflection as a Tool for Progress
Reflecting on your development will help you to keep track of your progress. Use reflection as a tool to determine if you need more training or practice.
Go back to this document at regular intervals. It will show you how your skills have progressed, as well as providing a record of your activities.
The Reflectors Toolkit provides resources, models and questions that can help you start your reflections, as well as tips on how to structure your records.