Why this skill step matters in education
To complete tasks and achieve our goals, we might need a range of different resources. If we had a group project to do, we would need a combination of human resources (the time, effort and knowledge from everybody in the group) and physical resources (computers, books, paper, materials and a space to work in). If we are planning a celebration event for our class or team, or need new equipment, we might have to secure financial resources and run events to help raise money to pay for it. It is helpful to explore the many ways to secure resources. You might find people with free time who are happy to help at your event, or they have equipment then can donate or lend you which would save you buying something new. Knowing what we need and the different ways to get those resources can help save time, effort and money.
Why this skill step matters in the workplace
When we set goals in the workplace, we have to carefully plan which resources we will need and how to secure them. We may have to share a budget of how much our resources will cost and a plan of how long it will take so that decisions can be made and our goals can be approved. If when we set our goals we realise that we can’t secure the right resources we might have to make changes and find another way to achieve our goal. If an organisation doesn’t have someone with the right skills or knowledge, they might decide to hire somebody to help or offer training for their staff. Organisations may choose to hire physical resources like a machine, software or extra space to help complete tasks more quickly. If we need an extra building for the new staff we hire, we would also need extra electricity and a bigger supply of water. All these resources - human, physical, and natural - will require enough money to pay for them.
Why this skill step matters in wider life
In our everyday lives it can be easy to forget how many resources we rely on in a day. Fundamentally, we need food, water and shelter but we can easily get used to having other comforts which improve the quality of our lives like electricity, phones, internet, heating and transport. We might set goals to buy a new pair of trainers for sports practice and will need to save up money from a job to buy them. If we wanted to throw a birthday party we could plan out the different resources we would need and share out tasks with friends and family to help get the supplies we need (a space to hire, food, drinks, decorations and music). It’s also important to remember the human resources we have around us, like friends or neighbours who can help us or teach us something new. If we can’t find something or it is unavailable, we can use our Creativity and think of an alternative – you might be surprised to find it is better than your original plan.
How to practise this skill step
To best practise this step of Aiming High, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
- Think of an event you have coming up and make a list of the resources you will need and how you will secure them.
- Before you start a piece of work, write down the different resources you will need and make sure you have everything ready.
- Challenge yourself to make something (like a card or gift) which only uses resources you have already and can recycle.
- Make a snack or meal with ingredients you have available at home.
- Adaptor design a new game to play with items from around the house. Is there somebody who can help you?
- Think of something you are saving up for or planning in the future. What will you need to achieve your goal? How will you get those resources?
- Find out which resources can be hired in your local area, this could be a library, events space, sports or music equipment, tools for home improvements, or even transport.