The single most important action to take regarding your work experience is a thorough reflection! This will ensure you squeeze all the important lessons from this invaluable experience and are fully prepared to handle questions on the topic at the interview!
By the end of this blog, you will understand exactly what is meant by reflection, why it is important and how you can do it!
What is reflection?
Reflection is the process of analysing a situation and asking questions in order to learn from it. In relation to medical work experience, this is with an aim of identifying relevant insights into the medicine gained from the experience.
Why is reflection important?
In a typical work experience placement, you will move from one experience to the next. Perhaps starting the day by seeing patients in the clinic before moving to home visits with the GP and finishing the day shadowing a pharmacist. Each experience will present its own opportunity to gain new knowledge, insights and skills. Without proper reflection, many of these experiences will have no lasting impact. The quote below captures the importance of reflection.
"We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience." - John Dewey
How can I reflect on my experience?
Having a framework to use is an excellent way to approach reflection, it ensures that you will gain as many valuable lessons from an experience as possible.
Please see our template, examples and video explanations for a place to get you started! By filling out each section of this template and answering the relevant questions, we hope you will reveal some nice insights into your own work experience.
We encourage you to do this as close to your work experience as possible to gain as many insights as possible.