Using your initiative is very much focused on making things happen and putting ideas into action. These ideas are unlikely to provide evidence of initiative in a written application, but they might be things you reference at interview.
- Suggest activities to do with your group of friends, and make it happen. Don’t just be responsive.
- Try not to over-think things and avoid getting stuck - start by investing 2 minutes to read The Mistake Smart People Make.
- Identify minor problems in your department/college that could be changed and share ideas and seek support from others, for example, on issues which affect your mail room, catering, or welfare support.
- Recognise when you need support or advice and actively seek help - for example, see a Careers Adviser to get started on your planning or to find new ideas on how to move forwards.
- Look for workshops on developing your confidence and assertiveness to help you become more proactive.