A group students from a wide variety of different courses came together on Monday 15th October for a Skills for Success session. It was hosted by a young, yet experienced individual from PwC, the still number one graduate employer according to The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers publication. The topic being presented was Effective Time Management, and how to develop this; a crucial skill for all students!
All of the students actively took part in group work,
discussion and debate over a variety of issues, particularly in what caused
people to suffer problems with time. The primary reasons given by the group
were: the internet, walking around, playing with pets, checking emails, and
being on Facebook.
Most students have time management issues, particularly when
it comes to preparing for exams, writing essays and doing other assessed work.
Many of us said that YouTube is both a secret weapon and a hidden curse, as it
gives information but also acts as a musical distraction.
We later went on to discuss potential solutions for these
issues. It was decided that a clear, well-constructed plan, which involved
effective rest at the body’s low points in the day, should be designed by each
student in order to effectively manage their time.
Prioritisation was also stated as a key objective for those
in the latter stages of the semester, who were still struggling under mountains
of essays, presentations and reading. The message: if you can prioritise, do it;
if you cannot, well then you have to do some work. Cue gloomy faces amongst the
Skills for Success sessions are a great way for you to
really engage yourself into modern business practice, acquire the skills of the
pros, and not to miss out on achieving your full potential during your studies
at the University of Sheffield.
Liam (Student Blogger)