Undertake a work based project and review it in depth
Write procedures and instructions for new tasks you undertake; check these with other staff to make sure they cover all parts of the task and that they are easily understood.
Research websites for information
Brain storm solutions to problems
Nominate for a position on a committee, either internally or in the community
Talk to students and stakeholders to find out how you can better serve them
Undertake reflective activities eg What is working well? What were the critical success factors? What could you do better? What can you do differently to achieve better results/outcomes? Are there any tips you can pick up from colleagues and other teams?
Understand the University’s and your team’s plan and priorities and know how you are contributing to achieving these
Write a journal about your experiences learning new things
Analyse your calendar to assess where you are spending the balance of your time and what this says about your working style and effectiveness
Explore possibilities for secondment
Have regular one-on-ones with your manager and colleagues and create feedback opportunities
Attend meetings, forums and functions that allow you to meet and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Practise using different forms of communication
Volunteer to lead a work activity or project
Participate in new opportunities that will extend your knowledge and skills
Planning for On-the Job Learning
It is important to plan for on-the-job learning. You should consider:
What you want to achieve; be specific e.g. be part of a project team so I can learn how to manage a project
The time period for doing it e.g. for the period of the X project between 10 March and 30 June 2015.
Who else will be involved e.g. Tom Jones (Project Leader), Suzy Hawkins (project team member), Anika Sims (Supervisor)
Planning e.g. Discuss my level of involvement with my supervisor and the project leader; allocate my workload to accommodate commitment to the project; schedule project team meetings and deadlines; read project proposal and supporting documentation; research Gant charts.
Activities you will undertake; include the steps and timeframe and a column for recording when activities are completed and the outcome e.g. completed Gant chart on 17 March. Ready to proceed to preliminary research. I can produce a Gant chart for a project.
What needs to happen after you complete the learning e.g. undertake an introduction to project management program.
Your supervisor approve your plan so he/she can support your involvement in the learning and help to monitor your learning progress.