Level up! - Journey to Level 2

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What is Curriculo Solutions?

Curriculo solutions is a programme that enables you as a student to ‘stand out’ from the crowd in the graduate employment market. This is done by a series of 5 levels which you must complete in a given timescale. In doing this you will be developing your key, vocational skills, these are highly favoured by the employers. In all, this makes the individual more desirable to employers as they can effectively vocalise what they believe they will add to the employer’s team.

Why is it necessary?

As a part of the graduate+ award, Curriculo solutions is not mandatory but it is an amazing opportunity, one that you should choose to be a part of if you wish to positively impact your future prospects and opportunities. By joining the Curriculo programme you will be joining a whole cohort of students in the same boat, ready to take their next steps towards their future. Once employers know that you have the academic ability to perform in the selected career field, they now want to get to know you and what you can bring to the table (or company) as an employee.

Completing Level 1

I joined the Curriculo programme as a part of my graduate+ award less than a month ago, I was soon awarded with my free membership to the programme. Once I set up my account I was able to explore the site, here I was able to access the course level 1 – ‘personal skills audit and working in a team’. This level has been extremely interactive, each section of the level comes with a mini-assessment to follow up how you have found the course and whether you are taking the content on board. The first few activities require you to really think about your key attributes as well as your ambition with a short questionnaire. The second crucial half of level 1 is based on personality profiles in the world of work. I found this activity especially useful as it helped me to find out which personality profile I fill. The 8 personality traits were measured on a spectrum from ‘Introvert’ to ‘Extrovert’ as well as ‘Feelers’ - being more people orientated, sociable and less task focused. On the other end of the spectrum being, ‘Thinkers’ these people are more process driven, more critical and analytical and less people orientated.

Each of the personality traits are then supported by their individual strengths, weaknesses and how you should best approach people of different traits when working in a team. The team strengths profile is then followed up by a short set of questions to get a brief overview of your understanding of the previous task. Here they ask questions such as; which personality trait you best identify with. Personally I identified with the ‘Analyst’ personality trait. The Analyst is someone who is a very effective planner as well as being a rich source of knowledge for the task at hand. In addition, they are often referred to as good problem solvers. However, they often avoid making critical decisions in order to avoid disappointment and confrontation. In all, this only took me an hour each week to complete and it didn’t feel like a task because it was so enjoyable.

What did I learn from this?

The thing that I found most useful about level one was the personality profiling activity. This is because I was able to identify the kind of individual I am when a part of a team as well as allowing me to identify how other people may tackle teamwork. I can now apply this to personal, work based or university bound situations to best approach individuals with these differing personality traits to receive the optimal results, in addition to reaching the main goal at the end of the task each time.

Next steps

On Wednesday 5th December I will attend a 1 hour review session in the Hive along with the rest of the 1st Curriculo cohort. Here we will all complete the ‘review of learning’ lesson from level 1 in order to progress to level 2- ‘Aligning personal ambition with employer needs’ here, we will unlock lessons on; skills for work, career and ambition and networking.

"The goal of education is understanding, the goal of training is performance." - Frank bell.