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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.

 

 

 References

Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learnReflections, 4(2), 4--15

Synnott, M. (2013). Reflection and double loop learning: The case of HS2Teaching Public Administration, 31(1), 124--134. doi:10.1177/0144739413479950.    

                                                                               

2 Comments

  1. Hey Mich 

    Great reading reflection.
    I really enjoyed your reflection and felt it was something i could connect with myself. You were very effective in drilling into some of the key takeaways from this reading. You demonstrated a strong understanding of the reading in the way you could apply it to your current situation in life. I also enjoyed the way you explored some common assumption around the topic of learning and the implications. You assessment and critique of the relevance of double loop learning suggests you are achieving the highest level of blooms taxonomy. However, it it could have been stronger if you had gone into more depth when doing so.

          

  2. I am a bit confused as I have been given my own writing to comment on... In hindsight I definitely agree with Luke that I could have gone into more depth when discussing double loop learning. In doing hat it would have strengthened he quality of m reflective learning.. so without further a do, I guess I will tell myself good luck and all the best for next week..?lol