Okay hi. So one great thing about university is the opportunities to develop your ‘life skills’ in various ways. I know that sounds really tedious, and it probably isn’t even the correct phrasing so let me elaborate. Basically, there’s a whole list of skills and traits that employers practically always look for in a potential employee. Y’know, things like good communication, being a strong leader, fun things like that.
So since these skills are so often required, it means that it’s a good idea to start looking at which of them you have, and which need work. In our careers module we’ve recently been looking at this to try and evaluate what we need to work on ourselves.
The main skill I always struggle with most is the whole public speaking/giving presentations thing that everyone is so keen on these days. I don’t know what it is about it, but I find the whole thing very intimidating. The best way to master this skill, just like many others, is to practice.
So I am now one of the tour guides around the Chemistry department for open days to try and practice this as much as possible. It might not be as regular practice as maybe I’d like, but every little helps.