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2.0 What academic and employability skills I have developed through this module.
3.0 How the learning in this module helped me to develop academic skills.
Reflective and creative thinking skills.
Critical analysis skills.
4.0 How the learning in this module helped me to develop employability skills.
Team working skills.
Time management skills.
Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
5.0 My skill gaps.
6.0 How I can improve my skill gaps.
This reflective paper explains how the learning in the module of “Academic and Employability Skills” has helped me develop both my academic and employability skills. Academic skills in this module have developed my academic integrity, numeracy and literacy. On the other hand, a set of skills, characteristics, traits and attributes of a person which support the person to get the desired employment as well as to be prosperous in the place of work is known as employability skills (Cottrell, 2016). In this paper, first, I have reflected on what academic and employability skills I have developed through this module. Then, I have reflected on how the learning through this module helped me to develop both academic and employability skills. I have reflected on my skills gaps, and how I can improve my skill gaps.
2.0 What academic and employability skills I have developed through this module
As Harrison (2015) notes, the term “Academic Skills” is referred those skills which support the students to develop their language skills, self-management skills, listening skills and learning skills. As academic skills through this module, I have developed writing skills, research skills, referencing skills, reflective and creative thinking skills, and critical analysis skills. As Gravells (2015) notes, employability skills are the major skills that are necessary for every person to get a job. Transferable skills, career management skills and personal skills are the other names of employability skills. This module has developed my employability skills in different ways including communication skills, teamwork skills, leadership skills, time management skills, research and analytical skills, problem-solving skill, decision-making skills, flexibility skills, technical skills and critical thinking skills.
3.0 How the learning in this module helped me to develop academic skills
Academic and employability skills are very much important for developing a good career. As Turner (2016) notes, academic skills are significant for working people because they must need higher education to tackle the occupations which are technologically demanding in the future. Without higher education, the working people cannot get these occupations. Persons with successful academic skills have great self-esteem and a low level of anxiety or depression in their life. However, persons with positive self-confidence and self-esteem are significant factors in the workplace. This module helps me in different ways to develop my academic and employability skills. In this module I have covered different academic skills in terms of academic writing, research methods and learning about academic referencing techniques. I have also developed several academic skills from this module. I have developed my writing skills such as essay writing, paraphrasing, structuring and presentation, and report writing.
I had to write two reports as the requirements of this module that has developed my academic writing skills. Writing skills help me to correct my grammar, spelling and punctuation and also help me to write job applications. As writing is portable and permanent, it has made my thinking visible and expresses my personality. Now I am capable to move easily around facts, opinions and interferences without confusing my readers. The writing skills I have gained through this module have also helped me to refine my ideas in giving others feedback, fostered my ability to explain to readers and pose worthwhile questions.
This module has taught me how to define and formulate research methods for conducting valid and reliable research work. The module has given ideas on the data sources, data collection techniques, and data analysis techniques. I have known several sources as well as learned to browse websites properly. Then, I have also learned different advanced search techniques. Moreover, I have also practiced on different research topics. However, I have some weaknesses in the research and analytical work. Thus, it is necessary to develop my research skill.
This module has taught me how to do proper referencing in report writing, essay writing, research works and thesis. This module has taught me how to referencing in text and in the reference lists using the Harvard Referencing style. These referencing skills will allow me in future academic works (including essay and report working and research works) to acknowledge the contribution of other writers as well as researchers in my work. These skills will also help me in further education and future research works to validate my arguments, enable the readers to follow up on original works, prove to the readers that I have studied around the subjects, and avoid plagiarism.
CV Writing skills
From this module, I have achieved CV writing skills. This module has provided knowledge on casual CV, chronological CV and skill-based CV. However, I have gathered knowledge on mainly casual CV, and chronological CV. I have faced skill-shortage on a skill-based CV. This CV writing skill has helped me in different ways to write a CV appropriately and correctly on different topics. CV writing skill helps me to target on the specific job. On the other hand, CV writing skills will support me to apply for any type of job in the future. Moreover, I also gained more knowledge on the skill-based CV.
Reflective and creative thinking skills
This module has also developed my creative skills and reflective skills. Through this module, I have read different books on critical thinking as well as I have done practice on different issues to identify my critical thinking level. Thus, it has helped me to develop my critical thinking skills, creativity skills, and reflective skills. I can now provide a proper reflection on my own works and other works.
Critical analysis skills
This module has taught me how to analyze an issue or fact critically. The module tutor/lecturer has guided us on how to do a critical analysis on a topic or issue. Now I am able to do a careful and exact evaluation and judgment by critically reading a topic. I can now identify the author’s purpose and thesis and analyze the structure of writing, and write a summary of the work and description of it………………………