Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Learning on the Job

70% (Experience, on-the-job) might include:

  • 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.
  • On-the-Job Learning Plan