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Unit 6 : P5 Reflect on own personal and professional development

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P5 Reflect on own personal and professional development: To begin with I feel that it is important to define what reflect actual is. To reflect means to look back, and that is what I am going to do in regards to my personal and professional development. Reflection is a key skill to even have and is important to the health and social care environment as it helps to improve and skills which are what Kolb suggested. Through this short account I will reflect on my own personal and professional development mainly using the principles of Gibbs cycle of reflection which includes principles such as. I believe I have made positive progress and overcome any mistakes that I have previously made, to themselves myself as an individual. I did my placement within a nursery and which was responsible for caring for children between 0-5 years. I was responsible for caring and interacting with the children as well as supporting the staff in planning activities for the children, I was not however involved in the intimate care of the children. My feelings for the placement varied as I originally did not want to work with the children, as I would of preferred to work within a hospital type environment. However my feelings gradually changed the further as the placement went on and in the end I was quite happy. I believe that the placement helped me professionally develop as it allowed me to put theory into practice. ...read more.

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I am just a work experience student so I do not carry much responsibility or able to do much. On the 4th day of my placement I was asked by Ingrid to help plan an activity for the children. I managed to plan an activity that I thought the children would enjoy but still aid their development. Once I prepared the activity I presented it to Ingrid and received some slight criticism as she thought it wasn?t productive enough. Feelings: I was extremely happy and excited to be involved with something more productive, however at the same time I was apprehensive as I have no prior experience in regards to child care. When I received the criticism I was slightly devastated, as I thought I did a good job. After that criticism I felt a bit uncomfortable with Ingrid as I felt like I had not only disappointed myself, but disappointed her as well. Evaluation: At the time I felt everything went well even though I did receive some criticism. There therefore are some positive and negative aspects to the situation. One of the positives is that, I did some things correctly. For example I based my activities on some of the sensory toys within the nursery mainly based on sound. However Ingrid suggested that I should of added another dimension such as?feeling? toys. This therefore is both a positive and negative, since I now have more knowledge when planning activities, however at the time it was sad to receive negative criticism. ...read more.

Conclusion

With that said it has also helped me socially as before I was quite introverted, however because I had to do group work and do presentations in front of class I am more now more confident and find it easier to communicate in groups. Overall throughout this program I have developed both professionally and personally. Because of this program I have an increased self-awareness in regards to my strengths, limitations and abilities. This increase self-awareness can further help me develop as it shows areas I need to work on. This is because before the program started I didn?t know what career I wanted to enter and that I felt I didn?t have the necessary skills or qualities. However now I believe I have the right skills as I have developed them throughout the program and I am also have the right knowledge and strengths and also aware of my limitations. Although limitations are often viewed as bad it is good to be aware of them so you can work towards removing them. My development in both areas can be attributed to my personal learning plan. Although I have included an extract from my reflective journal, more evidence about my development can be seen in my work experience portfolio. It should be noted though that I have only managed to develop as I have had various support. For example I have had support from my teachers, as well as my own tutor and peers and my supervisor during my placement. Who have all helped me develop professionally and personally. ...read more.

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