Hia, I hope you are all having fun during your easter break, and doing a bit of work as well! I have returned today to university after a short break back at home, and have been thrown straight back into final year production rehearsals. Not long to go now, only 3 weeks! Scary times! But, as the famous saying goes, fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
However, as we are working as a group preparing for our final production, it can be at times very challenging because everyone has so many different ideas and opinions, and with 9 very different people and ideas flying around the room you can just imagine the chaos at times! Working as a team will be one of the skills you will perhaps already have or will definitely gain during University. Even now I’m sure you’ve had to work as a team in school or in college whilst doing a project, or even outside of school in sports activities. In University, every course I know of has given at least one group project over the period of the course. As a Drama student I have had to work more as a team than individually over the three years and this is true to many creative courses. I’ve done many group presentations, productions and short films with my fellow students. It’s a great way of getting to know your coursemates, especially in the first year when everything and everyone is new to you. So don’t be afraid, working as a team can be fun, even though it does involve a few challenges.
As myself and my fellow course mates are busy working together to create our final production which is rather stressful to say the least; working as a team I have found out more than ever can be very challenging. However, here’s a few tips for you with the group projects that may come your way in the next few weeks or for your time at uni and beyond; as this is a vital life skill wherever you may end up after your education.
- LISTEN to what everyone’s idea is, before saying your opinion on their ideas. Also avoid talking across people, it won’t look good on you and it will start the project off on the wrong foot.
- Be ORGANISED, perhaps allocate one person to arrange to meet up, book a room or place to meet up, and to keep you all on target so that you don’t leave things right until the last minute.
- Be PATIENT. Working as a team will take slightly longer than if you were doing it yourself, because you all have to agree on an idea or the content of the project first of all and you have to meet when the rest of the group are available, which is never easy.
- ACCEPTING that your idea won’t always be the best one or the one that most of the team members will like. When this happens, just accept and move on, because if you’ll hold a grudge it will slow the pace and productivity of the group, and that is the most important part of any group project.
- HELP each other. If you see that one member is struggling with the project or isn’t getting the opportunity to put as much input as they’d like into the project, support them to obviously work together to get a better balance.
Work on this skill now so that you will be able to reach your potential at University and further on in your career. It will make you a better person to work with and in general. Also, behind every great company, sports team there’s a group of people who thrive on this skill.
That’s enough deep talk! I hope you’ve all been enjoying your easter eggs. I still have one left, which I’m sure will be eaten fairly soon….perhaps I might have a nibble now! Speak to you soon 🙂 Sian.