Best Practices for WIL Professionals. Scott Weighart Career Development and Communications Consultant November 16, 2010. Outline. Program Management Pre-orientation Phase Activity Phase Reflection Phase Building Relationships with Employers. Program Management. Question everything:
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Career Development and Communications Consultant
November 16, 2010
Push high expectations button.
Students do need “reality therapy.”
Give students a high degree of structure at first, but then wean them off of that need.
Make pre-orientation activities interactive and visceral.
Get thorough feedback and act on it.
However, I have some great news: The employer has agreed to provide you with a chauffeur! He is 17, just got his license, has never driven on the highway, but is enthusiastic, confident, and eager to learn.
Have you ever had a situation in your career in which you have been “the chauffeur”?
If you encountered skepticism or negativity when joining a new community of practice, how did you overcome that?
We identify themes and coping skills for each phase
Frequency of contact?
Timely e-mail blasts
Reflection: An area that frustrates most educators
Dilemma: Labor intensiveness of doing it right
Capstone versus holistic approach
“It has been the convention of most schools to treat the arts of narrative—song, drama, fiction, theater, whatever—as more ‘decoration’ than necessity, something with which to grace leisure… Despite that, we frame the accounts of our cultural origins and our most cherished beliefs in story form, and it is not just the ‘content’ of these stories that grip us, but their narrative artifice.
“Our immediate experience, what happened yesterday or the day before, is framed in the same storied way. Even more striking, we represent our lives (to ourselves as well as to others) in the form of narrative. It is not surprising that psychoanalysts now recognize that personhood implies narrative, “neurosis” being a reflection of either an insufficient, incomplete, or inappropriate story about oneself.
“Recall that when Peter Pan asks Wendy to return to Never Never Land with him, he gives as his reason that she could teach the Lost Boys there how to tell stories. If they knew how to tell them, the Lost Boys might be able to grow up.”
--Jerome Bruner, The Culture of Education (1996)
Roundtable discussions with students, faculty, and employers
Surveys and 360-degree feedback
Manage a “mutual fund”
Be the “unpaid consultant”
Develop learning partnerships with employers’
Think long term