Understanding someone who uses their own initiative and is

Understanding the importance of enterprise is very
important. Although the word enterprise can be interpreted in many different
ways, the Business Dictionary defines enterprise as an, ‘Entrepreneurial activity, especially when accompanied by initiative and resourcefulness’ (BusinessDictionary.com,
2017). An enterprising individual is someone who uses their own initiative and
is creative (Gartner and Bellamy, 2010, pg29).

‘Competition among businesses has long been encouraged as
a mechanism to increase value for patients’ (Rivers and Glover, 2008). This shows that it has become more common for health and social care
industries to become competitive. This competitive thinking allows services to
do their best and come up with new techniques in order to become the best
service provider.

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Throughout my placement I
have been wanting to develop on the ability to employ creativity and innovation
in problem solving, being a more confident team player and demonstrate my
negotiating skills (Weisberg, 2016) I undertook a self-assessment which made
realise that these skills need working on. During my placement, I had various
opportunities where I could demonstrate and develop on these skills. I
developed commercial awareness by attending the first year’s induction day
explaining to them and the lecturers about Peer Assisted Learning by making
them knowledgeable of what the scheme is and what the benefits are. The
benefits include closing the gap for first year students and taking strain of
lecturers by facilitating sessions and going over topics/content that lecturers
don’t have time for. Another benefit of this scheme is that students will be
getting first-hand experience to assist them transition into University life, I
as a third-year student can use this opportunity as my placement and lecturers
are stress-free and can focus on the main course content.   

An additional aspect of my placement where I was able to
demonstrate creativity, generate ideas and develop those ideas into actions was
by doing the World Toilet Day project/event. The main purpose for this project
was to engage everyone through fun activities but at the same time inform and
raise awareness about sanitation and public health and raise money so toilets
could be built in ethnic minority countries. In order to make sure I was
confident about this project I researched some facts and statistics on
sanitation and public health. According to World Health Organisation, ‘6 in 10
Africans remain without access to proper toilet’ (ibid) ‘62% of Africans do not have access
to an improved sanitation facility — a proper toilet’ (World Health
Organisation, 2008). The aim of this project was met as I had managed to raise
£110.86 which was a third of the organisations quota – this was a positive
outcome. The International and Peace Studies were the funders, I was given a
budget of £100. As this budget was quite tight I had to spend cautiously. This
meant I had to be very alert and use my negotiating skills well. I had various
meeting with imprint and design telling them what my idea was and what my
budget was. I had used my creativity to get some free items and make posters
and banners myself which meant I still had enough budget.

although the project went well and the aim to raise money was met I felt there
was some marketing techniques that needed working on. Not many people attended
this event due to being unaware and this only came to my knowledge when I went
around campus. This shows that the event was not marketed properly due to my
organisation skills. Although I used Coveys quadrent theory I feel I need to be
more attentive for my personal and professional development.