Being aware, noticing the world around you with gathering and processing information from things you see is the perception you create from the things present in your environment. Thereby, paying attention to details and increasing your awareness.
Self-reflection is of great importance to increasing self-awareness. It is like looking closely into one’s true self and exploring the inner capabilities, strengths, skills, also deriving solutions to various problems. Reflecting helps you to develop and grow; leading to effectiveness. Self-reflection can be a tough task at first and it may also appear to be rather questioning to an individual as to why do they need to gather insights about themselves and carry an analysis on it too. But as easy as it sounds, self-reflection is a comparatively tough task to complete.
Ways to increase awareness:
- Be open to asking questions to yourself. This means you can carry out a regular analysis time to time about how well you perform, what strengths and weaknesses you accommodate into your work and how helpful has this been in improving your performance levels.
- Personal issues may cause hindrance at work. It is advised to keep a balance between your personal and professional life but at times it becomes difficult to do so. A quick analysis may be good to streamline tasks at hand and get answers to problems such as what issues might affect me? Or what responsibilities and distractions are expected to affect my performance in the longer run?
- Self-analysis is a good learning tool, it helps us develop our skills and question our performance. It may not always be in terms of bad performance, instead a positive approach to questioning is also healthy for effective results.
- Increasing awareness is a natural and cyclical process of evaluation. At one point in time it focuses on questioning and later changes are implemented and the reflective cycle begins again forming a cycle of processes.
In today’s world, employability is of great importance to individuals who are seeking support and making career development a key priority. You may be working in the field of education, marketing, a recent graduate seeking employment or are an employer yourself; employability is your top priority to earn a decent living. Hence, providing grounds for self-reflection and increasing awareness to cope up with the work environment.
At times we become ignorant of the opportunities in front of us. The job matching and searching system has improved since the development of social media and websites such as linkedin have moved towards increased interaction with the top notch companies and professionals. Once we get hold of the right platform and opportunities, it is easier to grow into the career we choose for ourselves. Increased awareness helps individuals get along with the right opportunities suited to their qualifications and skills set. It is a tried and tested approach where recruitment saves time and money, combining it with increased effort of hard and soft skills of the employer and employee during the selection process.
Increased awareness will help an individual towards their soft skills, motivational agents, their strengths and weaknesses derived from their behaviour, the work type and style they choose for themselves and the career roles they need to move around in their field of interest.
A good mindset is developed from the thinking abilities combined with various modes of thinking such as technological thinking where external sources of knowledge are effective. Situational thinking when the knowledge comes from contextual information. Deliberate thinking makes understanding a role and a task to be completed in a given time frame and self-reflective dialectic thinking is also important to make changes to the current process.
Increasing awareness aids learning and development in a complete way, making it easy to reflect to changes and cope up with the work environment. It shapes an individual to grasp knowledge, gain out of the mistakes identified to lessen the fear factor of not performing efficiently.