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Working life and learning
What is your experience of work and what did you learn from this experience? This unit...
What is your experience of work and what did you learn from this experience? This unit will enable you to reflect upon what you have learned from work and support you in improving how you learn at work. It will encourage you to think critically about work-based learning and review your own professional knowledge and skills.
Work, of course, does not just mean the work you do when you are employed by an organisation. Many people are self-employed, do voluntary work or work to care for others in unpaid roles. You will read more about this broader definition of work below. There may also be a number of reasons why you would want to use this module to improve your working life. You might, for example, want to:
- improve your work performance
- enhance your promotion chances
- change jobs
- return to paid employment after a period outside it
- develop self-employment opportunities
- make the most of voluntary work.
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Working and learning: developing effective performance at work
This extract from BU130 Working and learning: developing effective performance at work is taken from the introductory week of this module. In it, you will be asked to identify areas in which you would like to improve your performance at work and to think about how you might carry out projects in the workplace to learn how to achieve this improvement. If you choose to go on to study this module you will spend the first eleven weeks planning these projects (which we call work-based learning inquiries) and the rest of the module carrying them out. Throughout the module you will be directed to resources to help you to develop your study skills and also academic resources (Topic Guides) to help you to learn about the subjects of your work-based learning inquiries.
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