We talked about how Module One asks you to re-think and re-feel the assumptions you have about yourself and what you do as a way to better position and recognise what your own practice is.
For instance, thinking about
modesty ‘v’ showing off
modesty ‘v’ generosity
When you write a cover letter to an interview modesty ‘v’ showing-off makes you feel the thing to do is ‘I would really like to work with your company’ so you don’t ‘show-off’. But thinking in terms of modesty ‘v’ generosity means you write ‘I am a trained actress … giving your credentials…’ because you are giving the people short-listing for the interview all the information they need about you. Thinking like this you might give different information then ‘showing-off’ but more information than your perception of modesty would have let you.
This stepping back and critically reflecting on your actions in terms of your practice is what Module One is asking you to do. NOT the change what you are doing but to use the tasks to look at what your practice is today.
Cycle Module One!! As ever do not think about only doing the tasks once through. Do them all and then do them again and again. Each time you engage with a deeper or different layer of your practice and task. Module one you are looking at what you already do and applying critical thinking/reflection to what it is you are doing.
The thoughts of people in the session:
Nicole is partly going to use the Module to explore her goals and better understand these goals mean to her:
‘To really get myself out there and thinking of yourself as a professional rather than a student.
Finding my purpose in what I am doing and making myself an asset to the company.
See how I can adapt myself to communicate with different people of different ages.’
Matthew D. suggests Module One has 3 lens - communication of how you position yourself in the world, what you think you need to do and why you need to do it?
Reflection: reflect on what you do and why you do it, how what you do works and how it can be improved, how could you use that process in the future
Networking: the give and take of relationships within the aspects of your life/professional life.
To not overthink what you are doing Module one is about growing as a person and developing and then looking back on where you started from.
Arghierenia says Module 1 is about your practice, you are not being asked to do something new necessarily but to look at what you do through a different perspective by using critical thinking. There are three different lenses through which we will look at our professional practices; communication, reflection and networking. It’s useful to do the tasks a few times, as the module progresses as the way you do them will change and that will help your learning and understanding of them.
We also talked about criticism ‘v’ reflection. Reflection should not start from a deficit stand point. That is, it not about what you ‘can do better’. It is about if you can see different or varied perspectives.
We about doing the tasks as a cycle also you do not have to stick to the week suggested.
The course is like the seasoning to you the meal of your life, it is not about cooking a whole new meal!
The course is about how you pull information to you meaningfully. This is difficult at first because we are often used to ‘educational’ experiences where information is pushed at you and you have to receive and memorise it! However, we are suggesting in professional settings you have to have the confidence and independence to be proactive not sit and wait for someone to tell you what to do.
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