Self-awareness involves an ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses (e.g. What am I good at? What do I need to improve?). Being self-aware while on placement also involves articulating your personal values and discussing these with others with whom you are working and studying. These critical discussions will help you understand yourself in the context of your field of practice. They will help you ‘own’ your feelings, notice and understand your reactions, and take responsibility for how you conduct yourself in the workplace.
Strategies to develop self-awareness
It is important that you are self-aware during your work placement to ensure a positive learning experience. Try to practise the following techniques to help you develop or improve your self-awareness: