Faculty eight week fast track plan Week eight: Submit for assessment
Here we are, week eight; I cannot believe how fast the eight weeks have gone. But we have done it, both Sue and I submitted our portfolios. It’s a strange feeling, I am not sure I feel as relieved as I thought I would. I guess once the outcome of the assessment is known, then I will feel the process is complete.
I definitely recommend having a buddy as peer support was integral to making it through the eight weeks, and if you are both submitting in the same area of practice that’s even better. Through the ups and downs of the eight weeks having someone to share the rollercoaster ride definitely helped. Also, as we have both previously worked together in similar roles, we were both able to add to each other’s portfolios in terms of remembering examples of good evidence we had both led on in those roles.
My top tips would be:
- Find a buddy!
- Start collating your evidence as soon as possible. This was the most time consuming part for me, as I almost tried to include every example and variation of job role I had. Once I got confident in making my entries, I realised not every example was needed and that its the strongest examples that were needed.
- Once you have all your examples, map them to as many entries as possible. Then reflect back on any gaps or duplication.
- Quantify your entries to show impact and value i.e how many members of staff you line manage and over what timescale.
- Make sure you leave plenty of time to proof read the portfolio, I had lots of typos and auto-corrects to amend!
- Realise the commitment, it is time consuming and a challenging process. I dedicated a lot of hours after work and on weekends to complete this. But, I now have goals for the future career development.
- The eight week plan gave me structure and guided me through the process. I think if I had begun my portfolio outside of the programme, I would have found excuses to delay submitting!
I hope the blogs have been insightful and helpful. Our aim when Sue and I first started this journey, was to reflect on the reality of completing the Faculty assessment and inspire others to do so.
Oh my goodness it’s finally submitted. Sometimes I thought I wouldn’t get this far but I have. Hooray! So a summary of my top tips
1) Use the Faculty Member Handbook for writing your impact statements as it describes the requirements in a little more detail so you can use more of the descriptions in your statement
2) Use the words from the cluster – it really helps you to show you have made the impact
3) Do it in concentrated chunks as your entries improve with practise and it takes a while to get back into it each time
4) Leave a whole weekend free for the final read through and adjustment as there is a lot to go through. To ensure consistency and make sure you don’t repeat information it is better to do it in one go too.
5) Read your peer testimonials – hopefully they’ll cheer you up and motivate you!
Use your CV as it’s easy to forget what you’ve achieved in previous roles.
I hope you’ve found the blog useful and thank you for reading it! It provided me with another entry for my portfolio too!