02/09/2021

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Personal Development at University: Ways to Improve Yourself

Student personal development is something we care deeply about. Here are some ways to improve yourself as a student, a future employee, and a citizen of the world.

University isnt just about your education. Its a life-building experience, one that prepares you for society. Thats why its important to choose a university that cares about students, their wellbeing and development. 

At the University of Bolton, we pride ourselves in delivering #UniAsItShouldBe, putting you and your needs first. And its still not too late to apply! See our Clearing website to find the right degree for you starting in now.

Our course leaders provide one-to-one mentorship and will support you in your personal and professional development. Here are some ways you can improve yourself and get the most from your time at university…

Be brutally honest with yourself

The first step in self-improvement is to practice self-reflection, and this means being very honest about your own strengths and weaknesses. No-one is perfect, and its better to be aware of your shortcomings so you can do something to improve them.

Awareness leads to action, so dont be afraid to admit when youre not very good at something! Youll have plenty of time to work on these things!

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Have a plan for improvement

Know the areas you need to improve? At the University of Bolton, you can discuss long and short terms objectives with your course leader.

They will work with you to develop a personal development plan, which is important if you have specific goals to hit. By talking to your mentor, youll be able to establish external factors that both help and hinder your progress, giving you the tools you need to improve yourself and your skills.

Take up a new hobby

By joining one of the many clubs and societies we have on campus, youll be able to practice a range of skills, including your people skills.

Sports not only improve your personal fitness, but they can nurture teamwork skills, as well as problem-solving. Or you can take up something creative that requires the use of your right brain, giving you a great workplace skill that employers just love.

Some students enjoy the challenge of a new language, and the great thing about language learning is you can use your new skills right away, connecting with people from another culture.

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Become a volunteer

Helping others is a great way of building your empathy and compassion, two vital traits that are needed across every job role. No matter what your career ambitions are, being kind is essential. Even cut-throat industries need nice people!

By volunteering your time, youll be able to improve yourself in many ways. Youll be exposed to people from all backgrounds, and will have a chance to give back to the local community. So being a volunteer is fantastic for personal development.

Ask for feedback

If you care about your personal development, its essential to ask for feedback. This can be from your course leader or mentor, your friends, or other students you meet. External feedback is the only way we can understand how were perceived by others.

It could be encouraging to know youre doing well, and at the same time it could be useful and constructive to find out youre not quite hitting your targets. But whatever the feedback is, dont let it discourage you. Were all here to improve ourselves, and that means knowing where to start.

Want to join a university where your personal and professional development are top of the list? At the University of Bolton, we care about you as much as your education.

We’ve been a Top 6 UK university for Teaching Quality in The Times Good University Guide* for three years running. For the past four years, weve also been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction in the North West!**

Its still not too late to apply! To secure your place through Clearing 2021, head over to the University of Bolton Clearing website.

Or if you have further questions, call our dedicated Clearing number +44 (0)1204 896936 and talk to a member of our team.

 

*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019

**Complete University Guide in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019, North West region

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