Integrally Informed Journaling for Professional Self-design

Integrally Informed Journaling for Professional Self-design
Emerging Experience in Graduate Program Context
By Edith Friesen and Ian Wight
The authors present reflections on developing an integrally informed journaling component of a capstone Professional Planning Practice graduate course, conducted as a professional self-design studio.
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Published: 09-01-2009
Length: 28 Pages
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How can we help students design their emerging professional self, to ease them intthe world of work with greater awareness and confidence? We present reflections on developing an integrally informed journaling component of a capstone Professional Planning Practice graduate course, conducted as a professional self-design studio. Triggered by the query, “What am I missing?, the journaling seeks to assist students in developing a response that culminates in a preliminary professional praxis statement—an initial design for their professional lives. While an extraordinary challenge for most, the journaling assignment is also supported to an extraordinary degree. This article documents these supports, their evolution and rationale, and the response from students. Continuing challenges and emerging opportunities are identified, including how best to ease students into the integral framework, how journaling might more generally revitalize professional practice, and how it might support more targeted lifespan development.