Know Your Potential

Showcase your development.

On completing your studies, you will want an identity that speaks volumes about your potential. Your future employers or business partners will want to:

  • Know what skills and knowledge you have.
  • Understand how you think.
  • Understand what gets you out of bed in the morning.
  • Get an idea of the breath of your experiences, to evaluate where you draw your ideas and thinking from.

Recognising and effectively expressing how you have developed these parts of your identity during your time at university, will be key to successfully selling yourself, and getting you what you want from life.

Reflecting and Recording

Reflecting on and recording your development now, will make the process of selling yourself in the future a lot easier. Your reflections would not only help grow your self-understanding, but by recording them, you will then have plenty of material to use in C.Vs, application forms, interview preparations and more. The following are a few tools you can use to help you achieve this.

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PebblePad

PebblePad is the University provided web-based ePortfolio and Personal Learning system.

Plymouth University’s Pebble Pad system is a web-based platform that allows you to build up an e-portfolio, detailing your personal development. You can collate and store evidence of your involvement in extra-curricular activities, reflect on the skills you are nurturing, and even outline a course of action for your development. As well as blank resources such as blog spaces and activity logs, there are guided resource templates that will help you reflect.

Get PebblePad here

Journalism/Blogging

Keeping a journal/blog of your extra-curricular experiences and the abilities you develop through such, will provide you with an in-depth insight into your potential. Use the following table to guide you in your thinking around what you have developed/come to understand about yourself, through your extra-curricular experiences. Remember that an understanding of your abilities is useless without being able to link these to situations where you have developed/used them, such as your involvement with a certain event/project for example.

LinkedIn

Maintaining a Linked In page is a great way to record all your achievements, roles, skills and qualifications. The process of doing so can also provide some opportunity to reflect and grow your understanding around your own potential. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide guidance on setting up and maintaining a profile. Pop in and see a member of the team in The Hub within the Roland Levinsky Building on the Plymouth University Campus, to find out more. Maintain your LinkedIn