In today’s ever more competitive job markets it has become increasingly important to prepare and organise our learning and future plans in a clear and concise way, which can be followed step by step. In this managing self-assignment, I will create a clear depiction of my personal skills along with my own personal perception of my strengths and weaknesses, in the form of a self-appraisal. Once I have revealed those outcomes the next stage will be to construct a personal development plan, which will enable further improvements in my learning.

The next step after I have provided the development plan will be to put it into action and evaluate my progress towards completing it. Lastly to conclude my self-examination I will determine my success in reaching those objectives and make the necessary improvements, which will help me, reach my goal, which is to go to university and hopefully obtain a degree. When deciding a preferred learning style I must first analyse the different types, which exist and how they are relevant to my own personality traits.To assist my research I used Alan Mumford and Peter Honey’s classifications in the (HND, BPP text book). I have listed them below with a short diagnostic. The fact that I prefer to go to the shop rather than take a pause and make a list suggests that my actions coincide with that of an ‘Activist’, as I prefer to get on with it and not stall.

Another indicator of my favoured style is that I like to avoid masses of research before tackling course work and favour relying on my own knowledge learnt from on the job training.Lastly because I enjoy being challenged and under pressure I feel again this compares to the activist approach as I very much like to be involved. With the above options available I would say my most well suited learning style is ‘Activist’ as I feel much more comfortable learning under pressure and with a challenge. I have determined that I like to implement ideas with a sense of enthusiasm and flexibility. The fact that I like to avoid passive learning is another trait, which coincides with the ‘Activist style’.The courses, which I have largely been involved in, have been in a working environment or on the job basis.

(Below I provided types of training, which I have completed at work) Telephone training, which includes courtesy, customer care and sales on the telephone Sales training, opening, closing deals and improvisation Office training payroll training using in house computer software and analysing performance data for in house records. Other office training includes using equipment for example fax and photocopier.I have also attended a 10-week, I T literacy course, which covered basic computer use along with training on computer software like windows, Excel, Word and Internet. I have been trained by a large advertising and marketing company, called Cobra in many American sales techniques, which then allowed me to pass my knowledge on to new trainees. I understand the need for self-development and plan to take a more advanced computer course in the summer. This I hope will better my chances of attaining my goals later in life.

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Self-AppraisalThis kind of self-monitoring enables performance to be improved. It is important to elaborate the purpose of appraisals in order to justify their relevance. (Below I have included a summary of purposes of appraisals) My attendance has not improved by much but I have tried harder and am sure it will improve over a period of time. In order to improve I will have to monitor my performance by recording my grades and attendance so that I can consciously improve.

Responding to feedback In September of 2003 I will complete UCAS forms to apply for various favoured universities.As I move closer to the last year of this two year Business HND course I will have to improve my grades to increase my average overall. Evaluation of progress and recommendations I think because my course has not finished yet I will continue to work towards obtaining good academic grades and maintaining my current direction. I will how ever be looking into possible career routes so that I have a good idea of what I intend to do once I have left university. (I have included some information obtained from Brunel university enrolment department.