Work Experience Thought Piece

Learning from Work Experience Thought Piece. Experience and learning are not the same thing. It is possible to have an experience and learn nothing from it. This thought piece provides students an opportunity to reflect upon key experiences and what was gained from them.

Select relevant work experiences (includes full-time, part-time, internships, etc.). Starting with a new sheet for each one, describe what you learned in each single position. Any related documentation should be placed immediately behind each page. Begin with most recent experience and work backward chronologically. Use pre-college work only if the experience resulted in college-level competencies. Write about 2-3 different jobs. Each reflection/essay should be at least one-page and should start on a new page.

In the first paragraph (or two), include the following:

  • Job title
  • Company name and location
  • Dates of Employment (from/to: month, year)
  • Average number of hours per week
  • What were the primary RESPONSIBILITIES assigned to you in this position?
  • Did you accomplish any special tasks that attracted commendation while functioning in this position?

In the subsequent paragraphs (2-3+), write about the following (you are not limited to writing only about these things but please incorporate them all in your response):

  • What have you LEARNED as a result of your performance in this position?
  • Did working this job (and/or with this company) change the way you look at yourself? If so, how?
  • Did working this job (and/or with this company) challenge any of your firmly held ideas?

What impact did working this job (and/or with this company) have on you individually, academically, and/or professionally, etc.?