Experience Of International English Language Testing System English Language Essay

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I have completed Bachelors in Production Engineering from Bhavnagar University which has a affiliation with Gujarat Technological University. I have completed my college in English Medium but my original schooling was from Gujarati Medium which is my mother tongue. So I found lot more difficult to cope up with others. While I talk regarding the above subject to my parents and they suggested me to go for English course like IELTS and TOEFL. I have selected IELTS (International English Language Testing System) so that I can communicate with others. But I was not know that by appearing in this course we can get opportunity or chance to study in different countries. After all this I went to meet my English Teacher and they told me that I am now able to speak, write and listen to English. I being convinced by my IELTS results I came to a consideration to pursue my higher studies in another country. And after that I have started to find my way.

I have listen from my friend about United Kingdom and its world recognition in education. So I have set my mind to go to United Kingdom to study business management because I have fond of to do business. Next job was to find out college or university but I managed to find my college from my agent i.e. Pinnacle College.

I chose United Kingdom because of mainly three reasons:-

World-class teaching

Delivering academic excellence and a high quality and standard of UK qualifications is guaranteed through the work of various official bodies, such as the The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Research standards are examined by the Research Assessment Exercise, which publishes its findings every five years. The results of all these assessments are freely available on the internet. Information on quality assurance and assessments is also available from the Higher Education Funding Councils ( prospects.ac.uk)

International tradition

In 2008/9 there were 139,095 students from outside the EEA studying postgraduate courses at UK institutions. The quality of UK degrees is one reason why so many people come to the UK to study. Another is value for money. Unlike equivalent programmes in the United States or Australia, most UK Masters programmes can be completed in one year. ( prospects.ac.uk)

The language of business

A major advantage of studying in the UK is the opportunity to perfect your knowledge of the English language - one of the most important skills in the international business world. If you are from outside the EU, especially if you are studying a commercial subject, you may well appreciate the opportunity to observe at first hand the operation of the European market. ( prospects.ac.uk)

(2) APPLICATION OF THEORY AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS:

The areas I concentrated more were on Self-Confidence, Team Management and Leadership.

Self-Confidence:- Self confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable and feeling scared out of your wits. Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you. Perception is reality - the more self confidence you have, the more likely it is you'll succeed.

Although many of the factors affecting self confidence are beyond your control, there are a number of things you can consciously do to build self confidence. 

ABOVE SOME WAYS TO INSTANTLY BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE:

Dressing

Although clothes don't make the man, they certainly affect the way he feels about himself. No one is more conscious of your physical appearance than you are. When you don't look good, it changes the way you carry yourself and interact with other people. Use this to your advantage by taking care of your personal appearance. In most cases, significant improvements can be made by bathing and shaving frequently, wearing clean clothes, and being cognizant of the latest styles.

This doesn't mean you need to spend a lot on clothes. One great rule to follow is "spend twice as much, buy half as much". Rather than buying a bunch of cheap clothes, buy half as many select, high quality items. In long run this decreases spending because expensive clothes wear out less easily and stay in style longer than cheap clothes. Buying less also helps reduce the clutter in your closet. (pickthebrain.com)

Personal Commercial

One of the best ways to build confidence is listening to a motivational speech. Unfortunately, opportunities to listen to a great speaker are few and far between. You can fill this need by creating a personal commercial. Write a 30-60 second speech that highlights your strengths and goals. Then recite it in front of the mirror aloud (or inside your head if you prefer) whenever you need a confidence boost. (pickthebrain.com)

Gratitude

When you focus too much on what you want, the mind creates reasons why you can't have it. This leads you to dwell on your weaknesses. The best way to avoid this is consciously focusing on gratitude. Set aside time each day to mentally list everything you have to be grateful for. Recall your past successes, unique skills, loving relationships, and positive momentum. You'll be amazed how much you have going for you and motivated to take that next step towards success. (pickthebrain.com)

Compliment other people

When we think negatively about ourselves, we often project that feeling on to others in the form of insults and gossip. To break this cycle of negativity, get in the habit of praising other people. Refuse to engage in backstabbing gossip and make an effort to compliment those around you. In the process, you'll become well liked and build self confidence. By looking for the best in others, you indirectly bring out the best in yourself. (pickthebrain.com)

Sitinthefrontrow

In schools, offices, and public assemblies around the world, people constantly strive to sit at the back of the room. Most people prefer the back because they're afraid of being noticed. This reflects a lack of self confidence. By deciding to sit in the front row, you can get over this irrational fear and build your self confidence. You'll also be more visible to the important people talking from the front of the room. (pickthebrain.com)

Speak up

During group discussions many people never speak up because they're afraid that people will judge them for saying something stupid. This fear isn't really justified. Generally, people are much more accepting than we imagine. In fact most people are dealing with the exact same fears. By making an effort to speak up at least once in every group discussion, you'll become a better public speaker, more confident in your own thoughts, and recognized as a leader by your peers. (pickthebrain.com)

Work out

Along the same lines as personal appearance, physical fitness has a huge effect on self confidence. If you're out of shape, you'll feel insecure, unattractive, and less energetic. By working out, you improve your physical appearance, energize yourself, and accomplish something positive. Having the discipline to work out not only makes you feel better, it creates positive momentum that you can build on the rest of the day. (pickthebrain.com)

Focus on contribution

Too often we get caught up in our own desires. We focus too much on ourselves and not enough on the needs of other people. If you stop thinking about yourself and concentrate on the contribution you're making to the rest of the world, you won't worry as much about you own flaws. This will increase self confidence and allow you to contribute with maximum efficiency. The more you contribute to the world the more you'll be rewarded with personal success and recognition. (pickthebrain.com)

The next area in which I thought I need to work was Team Management:

Team Management- This is the skill which of course everyone needs in Business or in Sales or in any sector. This skill responds to our decision making power, mind stability (calmness), to consult team mates, etc.

To re-make the ability of Team-Management I used to do the following:

Motivating Your Team

Another key duty you have as a manager is to motivate team members. No matter how to do just create an environment to work and interact with every member of your team. Speak to them and try to find out problem, solve them if it's on your side or encourage and power them to solve their problem on their own.

Developing team

If you are assigned a project then it is our responsibility to take the correct personals to accomplish the job or the project. If you take wrong persons then the project is sure to be failed.

F.G.(1) Forming, storming, norming and performing 

Source:- Bruce W. Tuckman-1960

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Managing Discipline

Discipline has to be maintained in work areas or in any centre. We are responsible if any fault is caused. In-discipline is caused by mainly the following reasons-

Conflicts between two team-mates

This is caused due to competition between them or due to their different ideas pertaining to same project.

The quality or position of the members should be remained by everyone so that the members or the position of the leader is maintained.

(3) Stress management strategy 1: Avoid unnecessary stress

Not all stress can be avoided, and it's not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. You may be surprised, however, by the number of stressors in your life that you can eliminate.

Learn how to say "no" - Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when you're close to reaching them. Taking on more than you can handle is a sure-fire recipe for stress.

Avoid people who stress you out - If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can't turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely. 

Take control of your environment - If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. If traffic's got you tense, take a longer but less-travelled route. If going to the market is an unpleasant chore, do your grocery shopping online.

Avoid hot-button topics - If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list. If you repeatedly argue about the same subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself when it's the topic of discussion.

Pare down your to-do list - Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If you've got too much on your plate, distinguish between the "should" and the "musts." Drop tasks that aren't truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.

Stress management strategy 2: Alter the situation

If you can't avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it. Figure out what you can do to change things so the problem doesn't present itself in the future. Often, this involves changing the way you communicate and operate in your daily life.

Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. If something or someone is bothering you, communicate your concerns in an open and respectful way. If you don't voice your feelings, resentment will build and the situation will likely remain the same.

Be willing to compromise. When you ask someone to change their behavior, be willing to do the same. If you both are willing to bend at least a little, you'll have a good chance of finding a happy middle ground.

Be more assertive. Don't take a backseat in your own life. Deal with problems head on, doing your best to anticipate and prevent them. If you've got an exam to study for and your chatty roommate just got home, say up front that you only have five minutes to talk.

Manage your time better. Poor time management can cause a lot of stress. When you're stretched too thin and running behind, it's hard to stay calm and focused. But if you plan ahead and make sure you don't overextend yourself, you can alter the amount of stress you're under.

Stress management strategy 3: Adapt to the stressor

If you can't change the stressor, change yourself. You can adapt to stressful situations and regain your sense of control by changing your expectations and attitude.

Reframe problems. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Rather than fuming about a traffic jam, look at it as an opportunity to pause and regroup, listen to your favorite radio station, or enjoy some alone time.

Look at the big picture. Take perspective of the stressful situation. Ask yourself how important it will be in the long run. Will it matter in a month? A year? Is it really worth getting upset over? If the answer is no, focus your time and energy elsewhere.

Adjust your standards. Perfectionism is a major source of avoidable stress. Stop setting yourself up for failure by demanding perfection. Set reasonable standards for yourself and others, and learn to be okay with "good enough."

Focus on the positive. When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life, including your own positive qualities and gifts. This simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective.

Stress management strategy 4: Accept the things you can't change

Some sources of stress are unavoidable. You can't prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession. In such cases, the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are. Acceptance may be difficult, but in the long run, it's easier than railing against a situation you can't change.

Don't try to control the uncontrollable. Many things in life are beyond our control- particularly the behaviour of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems.

Look for the upside. As the saying goes, "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth. If your own poor choices contributed to a stressful situation, reflect on them and learn from your mistakes.

Share your feelings. Talk to a trusted friend or make an appointment with a therapist. Expressing what you're going through can be very cathartic, even if there's nothing you can do to alter the stressful situation.

Learn to forgive. Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world and that people make mistakes. Let go of anger and resentments. Free yourself from negative energy by forgiving and moving on.

Changes in thinking and behavior : By critically analyzing myself and after studying the above theories I came to some techniques and some tips to recover myself by the following:-

For Self- Confidence I tried to speak about 2-3 minutes in front of mirror to correct myself and to see if I am under-confident or not.

I tried to motivate myself by telling myself that how you have succeeded in past how you will achieve in future by doing smart work but not hard work.

For Team- Management I used to make an hierarchy so that administration is run perfectly.

Develop a team which is fully ready to do the work at any time and place and they are fully efficient.

Maintain discipline among team mates and solve issues.

Leadership is the quality which is required at management and higher levels to run the project or assignment and to succeed by taking the right and clear-cut decision.

By applying the above skills in my life and personality I am now able to achieve confidence, lead any project and manage team efficiently. So I reconstructed and rejuvenated myself by applying the above techniques.

Action Plan:-I have described the action plan which is below. It shows all the leadership qualities and I have divided time frame in 12 months slot and I will try to get that in this time.

ACTION PALN

Target Date of Carrying out in Months

Major Areas of improvement

Month

0

3

6

9

12

Leadeship

 

 

Integrity

 

 

Vision/ Strategy

 

 

 

Communication

 

 

 

Relationship

 

 

 

Persuasion

 

 

 

 

Adaptability

 

 

 

 

Teamwork

 

 

 

 

Coaching and Development

 

 

 

 

 

Decision Making

 

 

 

 

 

Planning

 

 

 

 

 

Source:Ehow.com(n.d.)

About the Leadership:-  Leadership has been described as the "process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". Definitions more inclusive of followers have also emerged. Alan Keith of Genentech states that, "Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen." According to Ken "SKC" Ogbonnia, "effective leadership is the ability to successfully integrate and maximize available resources within the internal and external environment for the attainment of organizational or societal goals."

The next area in which I thought I need to work was Leadership:

Leadership- It can be defined as the person skills by which a person can enlist, lead by support by his/her mates to accomplish a common task. Leaders skills can be classified as the following qualities:-

Strong Personality

Good Personality

Authorized but calm and helping by nature

A leader has the excellent knowledge and experience about the work he/she is leading

Honest and Punctual on his/her work

Respect for Others

Conclusion:-

Working and learning with others, this module taught me many techniques and methods to improve my weaknesses. After this module I have improved self confidence, team management and stress management. This module enhances my personal skills and professional skills. I am targeting to get some managerial skills like leadership and time management. I have got lot of knowledge about professional techniques.

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