Week 7 is over and the year is on its final stretch. It just hit me that five more weeks of semester and my time at university will all be over. The readings, assignments and constant information gathering will be finished and I can finally take time to find a full time job and get on with it… Or is it over? I still have a lot of questions about what’s next and how I’m meant to apply everything I’ve learnt in the workforce. Will the information I know even be relevant by the time I get a job? This week’s readings helped answer some of these questions.
In the past, I have always pictured life after university as being a rest from education and learning. It seemed that in the part time jobs I have had, the full time staff were quite content with what they know and doing the same thing every day. However, to be an effective employee and have a successful career is this a feasible expectation for myself? I’ve learnt this week that being effective at work is a constant learning process in itself and the more flexible to feedback and improvement I am, the more productive and valuable I will likely be (Argyris, C, 1991). Although the information I have learnt over the past three years will be useful, I need to be open to criticism and have an element of teach-ability especially if I am going into a management role. Learning through reflection processes are also very useful as Daudelins guidelines show and this effectiveness may be increased even further if exterior parties contribute to the learning process. I soon realized that my current ideas formed the perfect example of someone who was content with applying a ‘single loop learning system where nothing is challenged or anything new thought of (Synnott, M. 2013). The concept of going back and challenging my underlying assumptions of how a process is done seemed time consuming. But at the same time I now realize, how will I ever be able to be innovative and actively improving at work if I don’t apply change after results are shown.
Double loop learning is definitely what I now want to strive for in my new job, whatever it may be. I have now come to realize that constant learning and reflection is the only way to evolve as an employee and employer (Synnott, M. 2013). Bringing these new attitudes into my new job, I believe I will be better equipped to be effective and take on whatever my future career throws at me.
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4--15
Synnott, M. (2013). Reflection and double loop learning: The case of HS2. Teaching Public Administration, 31(1), 124--134. doi:10.1177/0144739413479950.