Critically reflecting on my own professional development I feel is important in order to understand where my strengths and weaknesses lie and how I can improve my professional performance.
Throughout various work placements, modules at university and outer curricular activities I have developed skills, identifying my strengths whilst also recognising my weaknesses. These work placements and internships have given me a valuable insight into what makes an individual a successful media worker. I feel that I have successfully utilised the guidance I have received and have acted upon any advice given during my placements.
|What I was taught||How I developed|
|BskyB: Stay in contact||
|BskyB: Gain more broadcast experience||
|BskyB: Develop your knowledge on sports and political matters||Morning and night I watched an half and hour of both news and sports news.|
|BskyB: I needed to develop my skills working under pressure.||I became chief editor within my online journalism module.|
|Scratch radio: How to operate the equipment .||I would go into the studio out of hours and practice this|
|Scratch radio: The need to be organised and prepare for shows.||I would listen to other student radio shows and get tips from them. I would look out for topical news stories of discussion on the radio and I would prepare a script with my co-host.|
|Scratch radio: Be calm in live situations.||When things went wrong on the show I understood the need to act naturally and calmly in order to resolve the situation successfully.|
|470 media: Learned the importance of doing outer curricular work to enhance my CV.||
|470 media: Taught me the importance of making contacts.||I made sure I got the emails of industry professionals when meeting at networking events.|
|BBC Radio Leicester: Understood important considerations when recording and doing Vox Pops. Learning never to edit too sharply and always recording air time before recording an individual.||I utilised this knowledge throughout my 470 media placement where audio was key. I also practiced this during my radio studies module at university.|
|The Leicester Wave: Learned how to structure a news story and feature article.||I used this skill in my news and feature writing course at university when writing articles.|
|The Leicester Wave: Understood the importance of finding original news stories and articles. Learning how to become a journalist.||I would look at the communities around me, looking at what they were doing, the concerns they had and finding out about things worth writing about.|
|Panji Pani Radio: Learned how to present a radio show and what considerations have to be taken in producing a show.||I would learn how to write for radio and script shows beforehand so it gave the show some structure.|
However, I also feel that I do maintain weaknesses and areas I feel I need to develop further.
(Traits I wish to improve on)
- Public speaking: I often will shy aware from any public speaking roles and this is something I feel needs to be developed by taking on more positions which involve public speaking.
- Confidence: Improving my confidence in the tasks I am carrying out and the confidence to believe and put forward my ideas.
(Traits I have developed through my professional development)
- Time management– Having organisation skills in order to succeed to set deadlines.
- Flexibility– The ability to undertake different roles.
- Willingness to learn– Being thrown into unfamiliar situations.
- Team work ability– Being able to share ideas and work within a team.
- Outgoing personality– The ability to work well with different people.