Being a Working Learner

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Your working learner journey

Here’s a handy homepage where you’ll find resources and links to assets for your Working Learners journey. For your convenience, your portfolio access and badges can be found in your micro-course shells on Canvas.

How to be working learner

1. Take some time to write down your professional goals
If you already do this, great! It seems really basic, but just writing and organizing your goals can make the future more concrete. Talk these over with your supervisor, and discuss short-term actions you can take to advance your goals.
2. Think big picture!
Beyond just the work you've been asked to do, ask about what the bigger picture is. If you were the director of your unit, what would you do? Take the initiative and be bold: ask tough questions, and suggest changes to your supervisor. There will be many no’s to every yes, but that’s just life!
3. Seek opportunities to advance your goals
It feels like yet another homework assignment, so, yes, it can be a drag. But think backwards; when you write your reflection in the future, what would you like to be able to say you learned? Work with your supervisor to make those hopes a reality.
4. Write thoughtful reflections in your portfolio
It feels like yet another homework assignment, so, yes, it can be a drag. But think backwards; when you write your reflection in the future, what would you like to be able to say you learned? Work with your supervisor to make those hopes a reality.

Working learner

As a Working Learner, your student job is about your professional development. Questions about where to go with your career, or what you want to achieve? Discuss it with your supervisor— they’ll point you in the right direction.