One of the things I am grateful for in my internship is being able to be on the inside and outside of the working world at the same time. Although working part-time and being a student has its challenges it has shown me how to think and work critically between the two worlds. I am afforded the opportunity to study my experiences and also criticise them from an experiential perspective. Working at CSE has allowed me to apply the skills I have learned at school in the real world.
I remember speaking with someone who said that everything they learned throughout college didn’t help them in the workplace. And although this can be true to a certain extent, I think we sometimes are taught to look for the same scenario and think that is when we will be able to use those skills. And what I am beginning to learn in the workplace is that skills from school are often translated in the workplace. You don’t always have to match a circle to a circle, sometimes you match a circle to an oval and do a little more work to refine the shape.
After being gradually given more responsibility at the organisation of my work I have also been able to apply more of the skills I’ve learned at school to the work I am doing. I have been able to use my research skills and the curiosity I have been growing to diligently and deeply dig for data on the web using a variety of resources. I will be using my ArcGIS skills to create a story map for the DOGAMI report website and our work and I have also been given admin privileges to the organisations’ sites to help monitor and maintain it. These skills are those I have learned during my degree. I am now using them and will be expanding on them at work and when I graduate. I am also able to see what work environments need and how I can fill various gaps.
The liberal arts has given me more than critical thinking skills. It has also given me an eye for opportunity and shown me how to be solution-oriented.