An effective self - reflection can lead to insightful individual growth and transformation, there are many learning theorists in the West who argued that ‘critical self-reflection is the core ingredient in personal transformation’ (http://www.best-personal-growth-resources.com).
Therefore, this personal reflection will analyse what I have learned over three years at University, my journey over the module SM3035 Discovering Entrepreneurs where I will reflect on the topics covered in lectures. Furthermore, I will evaluate the future paths and the perspective of applying learning from the module to the actual live. Additionally, this paper will analyse the effectiveness of the group works where the findings will reflect on the Twelve Cs Team building. I am currently a third year Human Resource Management student. When I started a University I was almost four years out of overcome those challenges.
In particular, I started using a planner with a clear defined deadlines and realistic goals and to-do-lists which has become an integral part of my daily life. In terms of self – motivation for me it was just a matter of setting up a clear objectives and goals on the path to my desired career. I knew that if I want to succeed and become a professional HRM specialist I have to study, therefore it was the main motivating factor for me.
However, Maslow’s 1943 Hierarchy of Needs illustrated a broader understanding of motivating factors that influence human behaviour along with the principles of how to combine effectively time management with our needs. On the third year of University I was inspired by the module Designing Entrepreneurs SM3035, as the core aim of which was to introduce the principles of entrepreneurship or how to start your own business from the scratch. Even though I was not planning to open my own business, though, I found this module highly informative and motivating.
The lecture teacher was very passionate about the module and therefore the lectures were extremely interesting, inspiring with various videos and guest speakers. Assignment requirement for this module consisted of a group work, where we were asked to create a business plan; it was an amazing opportunity to apply the theory intro a practise. Likely I had an amazing group mates which were also highly motivated by the module leader and were extremely interested in creating a business plan.
All the tasks were equally divided among group members with the accordance to their skill competence; we had a clear defined goals and deadlines. Collaboration within the group had exceeded my expectations as everybody were driven by one goal, therefore the atmosphere within the group was very professional and pleasant to work in.
To be able to communicate effectively with each other and to be able to share relevant information’s with group members instantly we created a group page on Facebook, which was visible only to us. Since these days the first thing that the majority of students do in the morning- is they are checking their Facebook page.
Therefore, it has become an effective communicating tool in our group work preparation. All these concepts that we perfectly developed during our group work-are part of ‘the Twelve Cs Team Building’ theory which stands for a successful and focused team work (http://www.citehr.com ). Designing Entrepreneurs module gave me a clear understanding of the entrepreneurship, of how to develop a business idea by simply asking these tree questions:
1. Is there a gap in the market? 2. What is my passion/hobby/skill? 3. Is there something someone is doing that I could do better?. Furthermore, I understood the importance of building a SWOT analysis of the current and potential competitors as this process enables critically analyse all the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats before launching a new business. I was also introduced to primary strategic orientations that have to be considered when launching a new business or service.
I was impressed by 10 lessons from Konosuke Matsushita the founder of Panasonic, who argued that ‘the measure of a company was the people who worked for it, that no enterprise could succeed if its employees did not grow as human beings..’ and therefore ‘the true aim of employees development was to cultivate individual self-reliance and responsibility, to guide employees to an understanding of the value and significance of their own work’ (http://www.1000advices.com ).
I believe that the knowledge and skills I gained in ‘Designing Entrepreneurs’ module along with the almost three years at University will certainly contribute to the level of my future employability.
Now I can surely say that I am capable of designing a business plan, I am aware of all concepts and principles that have to be considered when launching my own business, the level of self-confidence and communication skills has increased significantly as a result of engaging in group discussion and activities. As a result of the highly inspirational module I am not sure now whether I want to become a HRM specialist or an Entrepreneur. However, having a good knowledge on both topics will only compliment to my future career.