Try this simple exercise to help you to start thinking critically, record the exercise in your portfolio.
Think of something that someone has recently told you. Then ask yourself the following questions:
Who said it?
Someone you know? Someone in a position of authority or power? Does it matter who told you this?
What did they say?
Did they give facts or opinions? Did they provide all the facts? Did they leave anything out?
Where did they say it?
Was it in public or in private? Did other people have a chance to respond an provide an alternative account?
When did they say it?
Was it before, during or after an important event? Is timing important?
Why did they say it?
Did they explain the reasoning behind their opinion? Were they trying to make someone look good or bad?
How did they say it?
Were they happy or sad, angry or indifferent? Did they write it or say it? Could you understand what was said?
To enable students to better understand ‘The other’ (aspects of the self in regards to work and education) this module has activities, exercises, links to resources, and blank templates and examples that enable students to explore the following:
* Employability Skills
* Academic Skills
* Graduate Attributes
According to the Business Council of Australia (2002), employability skills may include, communication that contributes to harmonious relationships, initiative and enterprise that lead to innovative outcomes, learning for ongoing improvement, planning and organising that contributes to strategic planning, problem solving that leads to productive outcomes, self-management that leads to employee satisfaction and growth, teamwork that contributes to productive working relationships and outcomes, and technology for effectiveness of task completion.
Although a range of other employability skills checklists exist, they generally cover these main areas. Variation may be found in graduate attributes checklists also; however, the University of Tasmania graduate attributes include knowledge (specific to a discipline), communication, enquiry skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, self-management, social responsibility, and global citizenship.