PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE / Mindmap, SWOT / Term 5, Week 1

In this class, we will be preparing our self-promotional package (self-branding) which ties to our portfolio class. We will also be working on our CV and resume.

To begin, we did mind mapping and SWOT analysis about ourselves, as part of self-exploration that’d better help us understand ourselves and establish an identity that we’d be presenting professionally to others (clients, boss, colleagues & peers) in the future.

SWOT Analysis (based on mindmap & questions answered, in both personality and designing skills)

Strength

  • Punctuality & good work ethics (responsible, good track of work and deadline)
  • Strong opinionated, honest (often act as motivational drive when the issue/objective of the design is something I am strongly passionate & opinionated about)
  • Ability to generate interesting visuals & graphic in designing
  • Perceptive about other people’s need (friends, clients)
  • Planning, organisation and researched-based
  • Able to maintain democratic stand in team situations & delegate tasks efficiently to team members
  • Reliable
  • Interested in many different subjects, social and cultural, open-minded
  • Not limited to one skill only

Weakness

  • Difficulty convey (abstract) thoughts in simple way that people can understand
  • Messy, doesn’t pay good attention to details
  • Often lack motivation to initiate something
  • Too concerned about what others think about myself
  • Not assertive enough
  • Lose interest very quickly regarding subjects / issues that I dislike
  • Too fixated on an ideal or point of view, until someone comes up with better alternative
  • Decisions that I make are limited to my financial abilities

Opportunity

  • Able to work in many different fields, versatile
  • Can exhibit logical and artistic strength at the same time
  • Engage audience through interesting design visuals
  • Overcome financial difficulties by coming up with more cost-effective & interesting solutions

Threat

  • Overshadowed by those who are more active & assertive
  • Limited to doing graphic work only
  • Not competitive enough in the modern design industry
  • Limited by financial-based decisions, the need to put money first over personal satisfaction
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