PL Specific Reflection Questions: Professional
“Whether focused on
a specific profession or an exploration of career and vocational options,
Professional Development experiences include an evaluation of the student’s
values, interests, strengths, and abilities as they relate to the field or
vocational options being explored.” (Odyssey
Some PL projects are not full-fledged internships but
other forms of professional field experience or vocational exploration. Though
“internship” is used below, the questions should be appropriate for other forms
of professional and vocational exploration.
1. What have you spent most of your time
doing for the internship? Is it what you expected to do? Explain.
If it is different from what you expected, how are you adjusting to the
2. What sort of relationships are
you having or building with: (a) your on-site supervisor; (b) other employees,
fellow interns or volunteers; (c) the agency’s patrons or clients? What do you have to learn from all three (supervisor, fellow workers or
interns, patrons or clients)?
Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer notes that in finding our vocation or career
fit, identifying our weaknesses and dislikes can be as helpful as discovering
our passions and strengths. Are there
particular parts of your internship or professional field experience that you
are: (a) really enjoying or really disliking (b) feeling really good at
or not so good at? Are these likes and
dislikes/strengths and weaknesses instructive to you about what you might want
to do in life?
4. What have been the primary challenges
of this internship? How have you met or overcome these challenges? What did you
learn about yourself from facing them?
5. Have any of the experiences associated
with this internship significantly challenged or significantly reinforced your
fundamental values, social ideals, or life goals? Explain.
6. In life, we often learn as much from
failure as from success. In this internship
what have you learned from your successes? What have you learned from your failures?
7. How have you applied in your internship
what you have learned in the classroom? Are there any theories that have direct
applicability? Anything you learned in class that you would directly challenge
now that you have had this experience?
8. What are you going to do with what you
have learned? Can it figure in any way
into your academic course of study? Do
you expect it to change or reinforce the types of extracurricular activities
that you do? Does it tell you anything
about the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to live
once you graduate?