My Gold Award
The Gold Award is a one-year personal and professional development programme that helps you to reflect on your experiences and develop the skills you are gaining from your co-curricular activities.
The 40 hours of extracurricular activities that I chose to complete were:
1. Twice a week I would teach students how to enhance their debating skills in order to prepare them for the Urban Debate League and the Debate Mate Cup. Through this, I learnt a lot about debating and learnt ways of constructing my ideas in a concise and clear way. I enjoyed working with students, I had a lot of funny and their talent blew me away!
2. I worked as a Housing Fair Assistant at a University open day. I helped manage queues and sign-in students that were looking for accommodation.
3. I posted articles on my blog, with the aim to inspire.
What Key skills did I develop?
The key skills I developed was time management, as well as completing 40 hours of extracurricular activities I also had to attend workshops that will help me complete the Gold Award, as well as managing my studies and life responsibilities. In addition, I learnt the importance of developing my communication skills, for instance, the way I speak to a student must be different to a way I speak to a teacher/parent and etc. I learnt the importance of moulding myself to wherever I am placed.
What challenges did I face and how I overcome them?
There was a point during the Gold Award where I got really ill, I caught a virus and I was behind my school work. I didn’t think I would be able to carry on with the Gold Award, so I dropped an email to the Gold Award and explained my situation. They extended my deadline and motivated me to carry on- so I decided to carry on even though I didn’t know how I was going to complete it. But through my persistence, I had opportunities and was able to complete all the sections of the Award.
What I will take forward with the Gold Award?
In one of my appointments with the careers consultants, I was given advice to research firms that I want to complete a summer internship at in my penultimate year and then tailor my cover letter and cv to every application that I send. Also, that I should attend insight days at company’s that I would like to work for in the future.
I’ve really enjoyed completing the Gold Award as it’s helped me develop more and to keep track of my achievements.
There’s a famous quote ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ I believe this summarises my experience of the whole year, that we should always go for opportunities that challenge us.