Warning: This is a think piece. It is completely opinionated. It will also be short.
As I sit at home in the beautiful Caribbean isle of Trinidad and Tobago, I feel as triggered as many other people around the world.
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I’ll be honest, I often end up experiencing self-induced anxiety when doing assignments because of a worrying habit I have. I procrastinate too much. Ugh.
I know I’m not the only one that has this problem. In fact, it’s so common, it’s referred to as “Academic Procrastination”. The irony of the name!
What I am about to share with you, has worked for me and I’ve used it with my clients too. Almost every time, a statement was crafted within an hour, sometimes less.
BUT, I am going to start with the secret strategy first. It sets a good foundation for you to “NOT stress out” while you’re actually doing the research.
My mother never stopped learning. She never stopped pursuing higher education. She never stopped pushing me, sometimes to the edge of darkness, to be the best version of myself. Because of her, I’m an overachiever. It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s my blessing, my curse.
As an overachiever, nothing makes me feel better than seeing a “Grade A” at the end of a course, project or exam. After all, how can I help my clients achieve the high grades they want, if I can’t get them myself, right? But, I’m not super intelligent or a genius. People just think I…
Work-life and/or the school of life teach you some pretty transportable skills that help you to take control of your journey. If you use each skill tactfully, like pieces on a chessboard, you’ll be able to checkmate every class session, assignment and project by aligning your learnt skills, and innate skills, with finesse.
This week I had a discussion with a friend – she’s is a mature professional who wanted to upskill. While chatting, she said, “Some people may be intimidated if they have to do a whole course at once. I know it was indicated that single courses can be had. For me personally I’d prefer to start small. Certificate first…especially in courses like psychology.” As I listened to her expressed concern, I realised that, especially as she is new to online learning, searching for the most suitable programme is a challenge because she is trying to decide which to do – a Certificate, a Diploma or a Degree?
My current situation made me realize that it doesn’t matter what career you wish to pursue or are in… you will encounter scenarios that require the application of one or more (or even all) of these skill sets. Companies need people with these skills. They outline them in the job specifications and job descriptions. This is worth some attention.
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