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Many of the skills needed on your course overlap with those required in industry, but are more than justtechnical skills.
Mindtools is an excellent resource to help you with problem-solving, presentations, leadership and much more!


Project planning skills

Top Tips on managing a study project or assignment

• Split project into its component tasks and plot them on a Gantt chart, or you may prefer to construct a Critical Path Analysis. It may be easier to work backwards from the deadline for the completed project.


• Decide on the order and allocate a length of time with a start & finish date for each (be generous!) Note that starting some tasks will depend on the completion of others, while other tasks are likely to overlap.


• Give special attention to the core research (gathering data) and final report writing or presentational tasks - if possible break them down further; remember that refining the product towards the end and producing it in presentable format can take a surprisingly long time!


• Anticipate likely obstacles, especially delays in accessing other people and resources/ equipment. Make allowances for other commitments.


The mnemonic OATS can help with personal time management:


O utcomes – what do I want to achieve and by when
A ctivities needed in order to achieve above
T ime each activity will take
S chedule tasks, allocating time for the biggest first

(Source: Britain in Business)