As I reflect on my activities during this period, I must admit that I have made constant adjustments to improve myself in all areas concerning teaching, mastery of subject matter and scholarly ability and that my efforts have indicated considerable progress in my teaching, research and scholarly activities. Reflection on Teaching I came to Pacific University in the fall of with my own beliefs about teaching and learning.
A new experience or situation, or a reinterpretation of existing experience, is encountered. Of particular importance are any inconsistencies between experience and understanding.
Abstract Conceptualization Reflection gives rise to a new idea, or to a modification of an existing abstract concept. Active Experimentation The learner applies new ideas to the world around them to see what results.
Importance of a mentor or faculty guide to the reflection Your reflection process is best led by a workplace guide such as a supervisor, mentor, or a faculty member after the experience.
This post-experience reflection with a guide gives you another voice that can ask questions and draw comparisons to abstract ideas that are now more completely understood.
Lessons learned can become internalized and put to use in future work opportunities. As an intern, at the beginning of your career experiences and career path, you will almost always learn something that will inform you at any future work setting.
A guide to your reflection activities will point out both the positives of what you learned as well as the learning that you can take from the absence of an obvious achievement. Both sides can be extremely powerful and transformational as you approach next steps in career development. Below are just a few reflection questions to stimulate your thinking and learning about the internship work experience.
What do you think was your most significant accomplishment while you were working? Are there any new skills that you developed while you were at the worksite and what are they?
Describe what you believe the ideal supervisor will be like at work now that you have work experience in your field of study? Be able to talk about your experience Communication is one of the most important professional skills you can develop.
The process of seeking an internship, the work experience itself, and reflecting afterward, will all contribute to the growth of your communication skills. As you reflect on your internship, practice speakiing succinctly and precisely about your experience.
Most listeners will pay attention to shorter answers. You should be able to describe an internship experience in two minutes. Use action-oriented and positive words.
Guide to talking about your internship in two minutes: Use the following as a guide to practice describing your internship: Give the name of the employer organization and site location.
Share one point of interest about the organization. Highlight one main accomplishment you had during the internship. Be able to write about your experience Internships are first professional experiences in the field and each will become a stepping stone to the next work assignment.
In order to leverage internship experience to move forward in your career, it is important to be able to write about your experience in a professional way. You know the importance of the resume in the job search process. Resumes are also used in applying to graduate school, for scholarships, and in nominations to civic boards and other leadership opportunities.
Your ability to write about your internship experience on your resume is incredibly important. Accuracy and representing yourself and your work in a positive manner are critical. Practice, in writing, describing what you did during the internship, including skills and equipment used to manage your work tasks.
Look back at your job offer and your job description to find keywords that describe your experience. Learning objectives that you established for your internship might also highlight skills that you developed, and equipment and software that you used.
The following is one way to brainstorm about your internship experience to develop an accomplishment statement to use on your resume. What was a problem or task that you were assigned at work? What action did you take to solve the problem and complete the task?
After your action, what was the end result for your employer organization? Can you quantify this in some way by using a percentage, a number, or other measure? For example, did it increase efficiencies or production? And if so, by how much?According to my initial PDP, communication and social skills acquisition was the main goal for the semester.
I had planned to communicate more with my instructors in the areas of my weaknesses. The utilization of the instructors’ office hours and the taking of extra time to get in touch with them enabled deeper understanding of the concepts taught in class.
Example of a Personal Development Plan Mr A is a 25 year old graduate working for a well-known mobile telecommunications company. He is 2 years into their graduate recruitment programme. He joined the organisation while at university and transferred to his current department following graduation.
Review of initial reflection and PDP Significant Change Over the past few years my outlook towards studies has altered vividly. In all the previous years of my life I have been in education were I was not mindful of anything other than school. In my initial reflection based on the initial reflection, was the first assignment which was set from study skills, and turn out to under achieve a pass, however this .
The strategic formulation of my goals, required resources and schedule coalesce to form my Professional Development Plan (PDP). The first goal is a short term goal required for financing the second goal which is my medium term goal.
The following exercises are designed to introduce you to the process of reflection. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. The following questions are designed to help you to think about your academic progress as a postgraduate student.