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Putting it together

In this video, Marcus O’Donnell talks about what you’ve learned and how to put it all together to answer the big questions posed in this course.
MARCUS O’DONNELL: So here we are at the end of this course on developing and evidencing self-management skills. Congratulations for getting to the end. It’s one thing to start a course like this. It’s another thing to stick to it for two weeks and work your way through these final steps. Even simple things like this require us to manage our time, manage our motivation, and manage the obstacles that can get in our way. So if you made it to this step, it’s time to congratulate yourself, to mark this as a milestone of achievement. The more we consciously mark small achievements like this, the easier it is to take the next step.
Part of this course has been about understanding exactly what self-management is. The other part has been about how we evidence the skills we already have to make ourselves more employable. Reflection and self-awareness are key to both the journey of self-management and of making it visible to others. In one of the earlier steps, I talked about three different types of reflection and self-evaluation– taking stock at key points to look at patterns in our lives and in our work, taking stock and seeking feedback as we are engaged with tasks, and finally cultivating awareness moment by moment as we go about our work and our life. This is the cycle of self-management, of leading ourselves through change.
Our reflection leads to insight in the moment and over time. We use this to set new goals. Being clear about our long-term sense of purpose fuels the achievement of these short-term goals. And marking off these achievements gives us a sense that we can keep working towards that larger purpose. I hope you’ve made a plan on what to do next, because self-management is all about taking those small steps that build toward the achievement of our long-term goals. Thanks for joining me over the last two weeks. I’m not going to wish you good luck, because it’s not about luck. It’s about focus and it’s about planning. So happy focusing and happy planning.
In this video, Marcus O’Donnell talks about what you’ve learned and how to put it all together to answer the big questions posed in this course.
Congratulations on making it to the end of Week 2.
Completing this course is an achievement that you should take a moment to recognise and reward yourself for.

Answering the big questions

At the beginning of this course, we set out to answer two big questions:
  • What is self-management and why does it matter for my employability?
  • What self-management skills do I have and how can I most effectively demonstrate these to employers?
By now, you should have developed some very personal answers to these questions. Hopefully the material we’ve explored together in this course has contributed to your thinking.

What we covered

In Week 1, we examined how the world of work is changing and what this means in terms of a growing emphasis on key transferable skills like self-management.
We heard different perspectives about the importance of self-management and the skills it entails from employers, employees and your education team.
You also had the opportunity to benchmark your self-management skills against formal qualifications frameworks and criteria.
In Week 2, we learned about self-management as self-leadership, and the importance of self-awareness and reflection. Taking stock of the patterns in our lives, seeking feedback and cultivating awareness allows us to better develop in both our professional and personal lives.
You also had the opportunity to create an action plan for your self-management going forward, and to develop a pitch to evidence you self-management skills to employers.

Your task

Watch the video from Marcus and reflect on what you’ve learned and how you would pull this all together to answer the big questions posed in this course.
In the comments, share and discuss your key takeaways, including what your next steps will be.
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