Setting Benchmarks

To set achievable goals for your placement experience, it's helpful to first identify the types of things you want to learn. Here are key learning areas, with examples of specific benchmarks, that are important to everyone’s professional development. You can use these benchmarks to identify your placement goals and prepare you for future opportunities.

Self Reflection and Self Management
  • Taking initiative, making informed choices, and committing to your goals.
  • Being curious, learning from uncertainty, having the confidence to take risks.
  • Managing your health and wellbeing while fulfilling responsibilities and meeting deadlines.
  • Continual self-reflection and application of personal learning strategies.
Building Professional Relationships
  • Being respectful, transparent and considerate of other people’s time and energy in professional situations.
  • Collaborating with empathy for different perspectives and being able to work with others through creative tensions.
  • Developing reciprocally meaningful relationships with peers and mentors to build your professional network.
  • Responding to professional situations in your placement by relating to and reflecting upon your personal values.
Creative Practice and Skills Development
  • Being able to apply a range of creative thinking strategies to explore ideas and solve problems.
  • Communicating with clarity and confidence through written, verbal and visual means in response to different audiences.
  • Applying various creative processes and modes of working appropriate to the challenge or situation at hand.
  • Building upon and honing your creative and technical skills to bring concepts into reality.
Career Knowledge
  • Aligning your placement work and creative practice with your professional identity and what you find meaningful.
  • Managing time, budget and resources to realize your goals in an independent and professional manner.
  • Understanding how your placement organization works, the industry/community it is a part of, where you fit and how you relate to others.
  • Understanding how to apply your creative skills in a professional context and being accountable to stakeholders and collaborators.
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