Category: BCM313

BCM313 Reflection

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Upon walking into BCM313 the vibes were already very welcoming and remained that way for the duration of the semester. As I already read the subject outline for the subject before the first class, I was well aware that the content we would learn was going to revolve around the workplace. But as the weeks went by, I realised the subject was more centred on ourselves and the workplace, rather than just the workplace. This was evident through all the activities we did in class.

What surprised me in this subject was the approach the tutor took to how we consumed the information. The theory was provided in a way where we must reflect on ourselves and the other people in our class, rather than just simply having notes wrote up on the wall. In the first class we were asked to ask a family member, a workmate and a friend to choose one word to describe you. other activities also would determine what type of workers we were and focused on how we think/our attitudes. The most fascinating activities were where we were to partner up with someone and tell them a story of our successes, and deconstruct our thinking.

This class was great because we did learn about the workplace and Future of work, but we learnt more about ourselves. And that is something that will always make me remember this subject and will make it stand out. Every other subject I would jot down notes, learn the theory and then apply it in an assignment or exam. But for this subject not only were what we learnt relevant to our jobs, but what we learned about ourselves were relevant to how we would continue to work in the future.

A topic that stuck out to me was the “Absent but implicit” because I never really paid attention to what wasn’t said, but suggested. I realise I learn a significant amount about a person through the absent but implicit. Other topics are negotiations and how we handle a situation where we must consider the best interests. Also how we listen to the stories of others as they are telling it, and deconstruct the ideas that they are presenting, but also through analysing whats’s absent by implicit, the ideas they don’t mention but imply.

The presentation I did on my mate Jarrad who is a YouTuber was quite an experience as well. Having to sit him down and interview him was tough as we both are good mates but we eventually got through it. I learned a lot about him in the interview as well as confirm the things I already know. it was a good time presenting him to the class and I did feel very proud about it!

All in all, through the vibes alone, I could say this was one of my favourite classes in my time at uni. The tutor was by far my favourite tutor I’ve had and the actual things we learnt was relevant to our lives.

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The Interview

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So for BCM313 I got to interview one of my good friends Jarrad Nance. Jarrad is a professional YouTuber known as JarradHD who is most popular for his FIFA rebuild videos. Me and Jarrad have been pretty good friends for about 3 years, which is why it felt very weird having to sit him on a table and conduct a formal interview. I learned things about him that I didn’t previously know, but also confirmed things I did already know. 

I look up to Jarrad both in a professional sense, and physically. Have a look at the height difference.

Key Values

“I aim to make content that I am passionate about rather than going for what’s easy views for moneys sake.”

This quote struck out to me because in the field of media content making, knowing what the consumer wants is essential to success. If you know what the consumer wants, and you do it well, you’re well on your way.

“I try to appreciate and interact with my followers on a regular basis as a way to build a community and keep myself grounded.”

This I already knew about him as I have personally witnessed him replying to messages, comments and posts.

Quotes

“Hard work forever pays”

“Every second I’m not working is another second that my competitors are catching up to me.”

“Doing the right thing is always the right thing.”

Jarrad is certainly one of the most hard working guys I know, and he is also very smart in his approach to his work.

A Typical Day at Work

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

“I am basically working from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. A typical day could see me working from when I wake up at 5am until 10 or 11pm. The only times I am not working during the week is for when I am at the gym or having meals. Even on weekends I’m generally spending most of my time working but try to organise social events to break up the week and not to burn myself out.

Throughout the day I am engaged in numerous work-related activities. This includes; recording content for my YouTube channel, editing content for my YouTube channel, researching the market that I create content in to help understand what the consumer is wanting to view, planning upcoming videos, writing scripts for upcoming videos, travelling into the city for business meetings, participating in paid events such as promotional shoots that can range from businesses to sports clubs to bands to athletes.”

Recognise Your Qualities= Reach Your Potential

In the first few weeks of BCM 313 we were given several exercises which has allowed us to know more about ourselves in two ways: Through assessing our own values through answering questions and through asking others. In the future of work, an important aspect of progressing in the workplace is to recognise your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the values and traits you carry. Many scholars highlight this as an integral part of one’s progression in their field. 

Beth Kuhel from the Personal Branding Blog says that “Research shows that it’s better to focus on your talents and uncover what you do well than to dwell on the areas you need to improve”. 

In the first class of the subject we had to do was to ask a family member, a workmate and a friend to describe you in one word. My father said ‘Hardworking’, my workmate said ‘Diva’ and my best friend said ‘D*$%head’. These are things I already know, the word my best mate used is certainly in good spirits as we both love to go at each other with insults, a value we both love. The word my workmate used is definitely the word to sum up what I already know: At my work (retail), I do like things to run smoothly. So when things don’t, and I’m the one that has the responsibility, I do get a little fierce.

We also filled out an online questionnaire in which I learned that I was a planner. Someone who loved to go about situations with a set plan. This I didn’t really notice about myself until now as I often believed that unplanned experiences do offer some unique opportunities or fun, but it did show my preference is to stay with planned events.

Another exercise is we had to interview and be interviewed by random students in our classroom who we didn’t know. The structure for these interviews revolve around four questions which are modelled around the ideas put forth by the scholar Michael White. The questions we had to ask were:

  1. What was happening when you decided to do something that turned out well? What’s the basic story?

    I do boxing, and in practice I was sparring a guy much taller than me and I was getting dominated in the first round, because he was hitting me easily, and I couldn’t reach him cos of his height, and the fact I’m much much shorter . In the beginning of the second round I worked out I need to get closer and brawl, which made him uncomfortable, and allowed for me to find a lot of success as his long arms weren’t able to hit me up close, and I, being the shorter more compact guy, could land good shots from the inside.

  2. Broadly, what do you think you were intending to do when you made this decision or choice?

    Just working strategically how I can beat this guy

  3. Specifically, what value do you think you might have been trying to put into action? Can you see other times when this value has guided your actions, or is this new for you?

    Relentlessness and problem solving

  4. Who knows about you that you would act in this way? Who supports or appreciates this intention that you have?

    My friends and coach

 

Reflecting on this made me realise I have a relentless attitude and I’m competitive. I believe by deconstructing and reflecting on our movements and decisions, from there we can identify values which we demonstrated at the time. From recognising our values, we can reflect on who in our lives we know would act this way.  

What these exercises did for me was that I was able to learn the qualities that I hold. I learnt that I am someone who loves to stick to plans, I have a strong work ethic and I always stay true to my values. But by having a strong work ethic, I might come off stubborn in problem solving situations. I’m good in teamwork, however if I was in a leadership position I’d struggle. So in retrospect to what these questions in class have taught me, in the workplace, I believe realistically recognising your qualities is the quintessential step in advancing in a career. So I took a look at some media sources which highlight this.

In another article by Leader Economics, the importance of recognising and working on your strengths is acknowledged as it says “Many people ask if it’s more worth their time to just focus on strengths or work on improving weaknesses? Generally, it would be better to focus more on your strengths”. I really liked this viewpoint as, why not build on your strengths to me yourself a master at what you’re good at.

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An activity this article had which is similar to those in class is that you pick 5 qualities from table 1 and from table 2, and put them in order in which number 1 represents you the most and number 5 represents you the least. Notice the difference between table 1 and 2??  Table 1 focuses on the positive qualities you are aware of, and table 2 focuses on the more negative associated qualities you recognise.

In this forbes article the writer says that  “if you are looking to advance your career, finding and leveraging your workplace strengths is perhaps the most important thing you can do. “Strengths, motivation and task interest often go hand in hand, and when these three are in force, your performance will definitely show it and help your progression. But if you are stuck in a position that doesn’t leverage your strengths, your drive and performance will suffer along with your career advancement.” The last sentence I found the most important as it is true, if you can’t take advantage of your strengths, you’re slowing or halting your progression.

References

Kuhel, B. (2018). Want to Improve? Know Your Strengths – Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career. [online] Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career. Available at: http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/want-to-improve-know-your-strengths/ [Accessed 29 Aug. 2018].

Pillay, H. (2018). Why It’s Important To Know Your Strengths And Weaknesses. [online] Leaderonomics.com. Available at: https://leaderonomics.com/personal/why-its-important-to-know-your-strengths-and-weaknesses [Accessed 29 Aug. 2018].

Smith, J. (2018). How To Identify Your Workplace Strengths. [online] Forbes.com. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/08/30/how-to-identify-your-workplace-strengths/#49c5a0d311d3 [Accessed 29 Aug. 2018].