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About this companion site

This companion website for Skills for Success provides a bank of resources for your personal use. You can use these to:

  • record and collate key personal information, evaluations and reflections
  • set personal priorities
  • create detailed action plans for tasks or for professional development
  • track and monitor progress on tasks
  • track and monitor your progress towards personal and professional goals
  • prepare for job interviews
  • follow up recommended links to further reading, information, podcasts, talks, videos, practice materials, activities and other resources.

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 | Chapter 15

Chapter 1 - Taking charge of your future

1. Do I need personal development planning? Self-evaluation

2. What are my PDP priorities?

3. Priorities whilst a student. What do I want to gain from my time at university/ college?

Chapter 2 - The Vision: What does ‘success’ mean to you?

4. The long-term vision

5. Evaluate whether your PDP goals are SMART-F

6. Personal Action plan for PDP

7. Benefits and costs of achieving your goal

8. Attributes needed to achieve your goal

9. Does it all add up?

Chapter 3 - Know yourself

10. Top 40 strong points

11. 7 significant changes

12. Using your personal expertise

13 & 14. The impact of choices: The road walked and the road unwalked

Chapter 4 - Improving your personal performance

15 & 16. Find your SHAPES for academic study: Snap profile, and Rate yourself for skills, habits, attitudes, preferences, experience and strategies

17. Map your SHAPES profile

18. Your Personal Performance Profile

19. Identify significant features of your Personal Performance Formula (PPF)

20. Your Personal Performance Formula (PPF)

21. Your Personal Performance Formula (PPF) for Task 1

22. Your Personal Performance Formula (PPF) for Task 2

Chapter 5 - Successful Self-management

23. Learning from mistakes

24. Attitude to challenge

25. Identifying your sources of support

26. Student day planner

Chapter 6 - People skills

27. Balloon game

28. Changing a recurring situation

29. Monitoring my effectiveness in improving my people skills

Chapter 7 - Teamwork

30. What I can contribute

Chapter 8 - Develop your leadership capacity

31. Step up to responsibility

32. In the role of leader

Chapter 9 - Managing tasks and projects

33. Priority organiser

34 & 35. SWOT Analysis: Simple and Advanced

36. Evaluate your targets as SMART-F

37. Action Plan

38. Project schedule

Chapter 10 - Thinking creatively and productively

39. Creative thinking skills

40. Mindfulness meditation

41. Boost your creativity

Chapter 13 - What do employers really want?

See Competence Sheets on:

- Written communication

- Oral communication

- Leadership

- Persuading others

- Negotiating a compromise

- Commercial awareness

- Managing a difficult situation

- Working independently

- Exercising responsibility

- Problem-solving

- Project or task management

- Working under pressure or to tight deadlines

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