mySkills - your record of skills & personal development
During your time at the University of Sheffield you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and attributes through your course, your work experience and extracurricular activities. You can reflect on and record these using mySkills.
What is mySkills?
The mySkills portfolio is an innovative new way for you to assess, record, build and reflect on your own skills profile. Your profile and record of personal development will be unique to you and will be invaluable in creating your CV and strengthening job applications and interview performance. Hear more below from Holly Ellis, Sheffield Students' Union Welfare Officer.
- The first thing you will do in mySkills is a ‘skills assessment’ of some of your current skills and attributes through a multiple-choice questionnaire. For each skill you’ll be given 4 statements - you just have to decide which one best describes your current understanding or skill level. This task might take you around 20 minutes to complete. Be really honest with yourself and take your time so that your profile best reflects you. Everyone has a different starting point and different experiences.
- When you’ve finished the self-assessment you’ll see a profile based on your answers. The profile will highlight some of your current strengths. Select the attributes or skills you wish to prioritise and develop - choose a few you’d like to enhance or improve.
- Then you can start to build a record of your experiences and personal development, reflecting on the skills you’re developing. Keep adding to your experiences of your course, your extra-curricular activities, or just in life, and you'll see it start to build into a really valuable record of what you've been up to.
- Remember that some of the most valuable learning experiences are those that didn't work out so well at the time, so do add in these things too. One day you'll look back and recognise how true the previous sentence is!
Your mySkills portfolio also includes links to information, learning resources and activities to support your development, and suggests actions you might take to help develop your skills and experience.
mySkills will also help you to prepare for conversations with your tutor or other advisers, and to complete any assignments that include reflective practice.
In the future, you’ll be able to re-assess your skills, see your progression and re-consider your development goals.
All University of Sheffield students can access mySkills through Career Connect, available via MUSE, and you can continue to access for 3 years after you graduate.
For staff looking to support students to access this innovative platform, specific marketing material is available to assist promotion.
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