3 Simple steps to get the most from your course


118798The new term at GSA is nearly upon us. In the coming weeks you will probably be busy getting yourself ready for starting the next chapter of your learning.  While you prepare to settle into your course why not take some time to plan your coming year to make sure you get the most from it.  Not sure where to start, here are 3 top tips;

Make your planning visual… managing time effectively and project management skills are great graduate attributes to develop, so why not embed them into your practice and experience now. Great planning doesn’t necessarily have to be all time tables and deadlines. Why not make yourself a wall chart and plan key activities for the year in your own way.  Post It notes and flip chart paper are great ways to plan quickly as they can be easily changed and updated as needed. For further information on planning/project management check out: http://www.businessballs.com/project.htm

Keep a diary of your success…..it’s tempting when you are working hard, to quickly complete a project and  move on.  This often means that opportunities to reflect on or record successes are missed.  During this term, why not keep a personal diary /sketch book on your progress including; the projects that you have worked on (dates, titles), how well they went (your strengths/weaknesses/motivations) and what you learned in the process (new techniques/processesand development etc). By the end of the year you will have a useful resource that not only celebrates your success but one that you can refer to for further reflection, writing CV’s and applications as well as a personal archive of your GSA studies for the future. See Careers Creative Living for further information on recording personal development: http://www.careers-creative-living.co.uk/all_about_you

Get yourself a little address book… recent research by Creative Graduates Creative Futures http://www.employment-studies.co.uk/pubs/report.php?id=471  found that successful creative practitioners have  extensive professional networks and that their networks were developed during their time at art school.   You are networking all the time (usually without realising it) during your studies!  By simply keeping a note of everyone that you meet (including what they do,  job title, contact details and location) you will help yourself to visiualise your network as well as see it grow. By the end of the year you will be surprised just how many people you will have added to your professional network….. (please don’t forget to add your  GSA careers adviser!)

Interested in finding out more about making the most of your course, contact the GSA Career service for an appointment today. Email careers@gsa.ac.uk or 0141 353 4482



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