The capacity to reflect is an important element of professional life. It enhances the capacity to evaluate current knowledge and to understand and accept personal weaknesses and strengths. This assignment will enable you to:
- develop critical reflection skills and recognise the value of critical reflection in professional life.
The assignment requires the writing of three short reflective pieces. Each piece will reflect on a specific content within the course. The three pieces in total should not exceed 2000 words.
Each piece requires you to bring together:
- information from relevant readings
- concepts from the relevant part of the course
- personal experience
The total word length for this assignment is 2000 words. You may choose to allocate approximately equal words to each of the three pieces.
Specific information about the 3 reflective pieces
You are required to write three separate reflective pieces for this assignment:
- The first reflective piece requires you to reflect on what job crafting means in context of your chosen job.
Information: One suggested reading is Wrzesniewski, A, Berg, JM & Dutton, JE 2010, 'Turn the job you have into the job you want', Harvard Business Review, vol. June, pp. 114-117. You may, however, also choose to anchor your reflection in any of the other readings from the course.
Way of making sense: Useful conceptual background is provided by the segment of the course which discusses work.
Personal experience: This may be examples of situations of where you (or somebody in your chosen profession - whose experience you can learn from) had opportunities for job crafting.
- The second reflective piece requires you to reflect on how social and environmental sustainability would (or would not) apply in your chosen profession.
Information: The careers workbook might help you identify the profession that you seek to join. If you are already a member of a profession, the careers workbook might help you identify the values that are important for that profession. You can then reflect on whether these values encourage sustainability. A suggested reading is Mackey, J 2013, 'The kind of capitalist you want to be', Harvard Business Review, vol. January - February, p. 34. You may, however, also choose to anchor your reflection in any of the other readings from the sustainability section of the course.
Way of making sense: Useful conceptual background might come from the segment of the course which discusses social and environmental sustainability and from the being professional section.
Personal experience: This may be experience you have had or experiences of other people in your profession who have made a meaningful contribution and displayed a commitment (or not) to sustainability.
- The third reflective piece requires you to reflect on how “code switching between cultures” might (or might not) help you develop as a professional in a globalised world.
Information: A suggested reading is Molinsky, AL 2012, 'Code switching between cultures', Harvard Business Review, vol. January - February, pp. 140 - 141. You may, however, also choose to anchor your reflection in any of the other readings from the being professional section of the course.
Way of making sense: Useful conceptual background might come from the segment of the course about being professional.
Personal experience: This might be examples of people who have acted with or without cultural understanding and the consequences of that.