That's my way of saying I missed yesterday in this meme, so you get double bubble today!
December 13 → talk about hobbies this year
I've already spoken about art this year which is one of my main hobbies. My other hobby is all things fandom, and it has been a great year fandom wise for me.
I've taken part in several writing challenges, and been pretty happy with my efforts so far. Probably the story I'm most proud of this year is Thyrsus which was written for Spn Summergen challenge and was inspired not only by a great prompt but also by Jensen's stint as Bacchus back in the spring.
I've drawn plenty of character portraits this year which I've managed to get signed, including some non-Supernatural characters such as Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Gooper, Ianto Jones and Rhys Williams, all from Torchwood, and I've also done a lot of digital art this year including artwork for two Reversebang entries.
In terms of conventions, I've had a great year. I've been to six cons this year:
Jus in Bello in Rome
Darklight con in Paris
MCM Comic Con in London
London Film and Comic Con
Crossroads Convention in Birmingham
Miracle Day Returns Torchwood Con, London
So I think it's fair to say that I've made the most of the year!
December 14 → something that made you proud this year
At last, an easy one!
The thing that I'm most proud of this year is the qualification that I gained. It was a Level 5 Qualification in Reward Management. (Level 5 is about equivalent to a foundation degree, but what I took is only one module of the degree. A full degree would have been about eight times what I did).
It's a long time since I did any serious studying, and the last qualification I gained was in 2011 when I qualified as a teacher/trainer in adult learning. But a lot of that was classroom based, and so was a lot easier to manage. My qualification this year was distance learning, so I had to discipline myself in setting aside time at home - mostly at the weekend.
But although it was a challenge, I'm so glad I did it, and I'm very proud of myself.
Just for fun, here's the brief of the summative (final) assessment:
- Assess the context of the reward environment and the key perspectives that inform reward decisions. In this section you should:
- Use an appropriate analysis tool to identify the internal and external factors.
- Analyse the particular impact of business drivers and related factors on reward decisions.
- Give examples of different ways of gathering and presenting reward intelligence.
- Demonstrate your understanding of key reward principles and the implementation of reward policies and practices. In this section you should:
- Evaluate the principle of total rewards and its importance to reward strategy.
- Identify and explain the importance of equity, fairness, consistency and transparency in terms of how they should underpin reward policies and practices. You may illustrate your understanding of these key principles by referring to topical reward matters.
- Assess the contribution of both extrinsic and intrinsic rewards to improving employee contribution and sustained organisation performance. Refer to academic research and the literature in this area and illustrate with examples of good practice.
- Explain how reward policy initiatives and practices are implemented in your chosen organisation.
- Demonstrate your understanding of the role of line managers in making reward decisions. In this section you should:
- Explain the various ways line managers contribute to reward decision-making.