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.
- 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.
To help you get started with mySkills, we have developed a suite of bitesize videos covering:
- How to get started with mySkills
- Goal setting and skills development
- Reflecting and recording personal development
mySkills is fully inclusive, enabling you to record any activity you feel has contributed to your own personal development, not just those that can be formally verified. As well as being accessible to all students including Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students, a wider range of activities and experiences can be recorded in mySkills, including part-time work, volunteering activities and work experience. Your personal skills profile and development experiences record can be shared if you wish, for example with tutors, prospective employers and other educational organisations.
Even if you choose not to share your mySkills profile or development records using the mySkills tool has lots of benefits. Evidence of skills development, self-awareness and reflection on your experiences is highly valued by employers. You will need to describe your skills and achievements, showcase them and summarise what you have learned from them in applications for placements, internships and jobs as well as further study. All of this will be much easier if you've already used the mySkills tool.
- “It is a great way to have an overview of how much you have actually learned and be proud of yourself”.
- “It's a good tool to have as all of your development experiences are in one place and if you add them throughout the year/your degree, you don't have to think of things you did years ago when writing a CV/applying for jobs”.
- “It helps to reflect on your own skills in a way you normally would not, enabling you to easily identify areas for improvement”.
For staff looking to support students to access this innovative platform, specific marketing material is available to assist promotion.
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