PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace

PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace helps students develop critical workplace skills and qualities like self-awareness, initiative, and adaptability. Successful professionals aren’t perfect, but they learn from their mistakes and make effective apologies. They also develop a keen understanding of their organization’s culture and their place within said culture, and that knowledge helps prevent future missteps. Students who take PD12 understand the significance of these skills and start refining them for their own personal use.

What do PD12 students do?

  • Set a SMART goal and track their progress throughout the term
  • Practice accepting responsibility in the workplace through professional communication
  • Reflect proficiently, and learn to write effective reflections

Student testimonials

  • "I loved the course throughout, especially the goal setting part is going to help me in the future as well."
  • "It was a useful course that taught me how to respond to scenarios in the workplace (making a mistake, confirmation of tasks, etc.) and I was able to transfer what I learned in the course to my co-op. I am looking forward to the next PD course to continue my progress in professional development."
  • "Great course, it was quite simple to learn from and grow with for personal/academic skills; it actually taught useful skills such as adapting or reflection etc. which are great for student progression in life, work and academics. Well done to all individuals involved."

Course Author

Linda Carson

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Linda was a lecturer within the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo. She was an interdisciplinary Waterloo alumna who taught in two different faculties and earned degrees from three. She studied drawing expertise and taught art and psychology. She had a passion for improving access for students, especially those from marginalized groups, and was a mentor and advocate for countless students, faculty, and staff. 

Contact information

You can reach the PD12 course team at pd12@uwaterloo.ca.