Succeeding on placement
Take responsibility for your own actions, discuss learning needs and concerns with your supervisor, continually reflect on your performance and ensure you obtain adequate feedback on your performance from your supervisor.
Feedback is an essential part of continuous professional development. On placement you will be receiving lots of constructive feedback about your performance, all designed to help you learn and grow as a health or human services professional.
Constructive feedback may be positive or negative feedback and the following are some helpful tips on how to receive feedback.
Listen to feedback
Feedback can be uncomfortable to hear. Remember that people will have opinions about you and will have their perceptions of your behaviour, and it can help to be aware of those. However, do remember that you are also entitled to your opinion and you may choose to ignore it as being of little significance, irrelevant, or referring to behaviour which for some reason you wish to maintain.
Be clear about what is being said
Try to avoid jumping to conclusions or becoming immediately defensive, otherwise people may cut down their feedback or you may not be able to use it fully. Make sure you understand the feedback before you respond to it. A useful technique can be to paraphrase or repeat the criticism, to check that you have understood.
Ask for the feedback you want but do not get
Feedback can be so important that we may have to ask for it if does not occur naturally. Sometimes we do get feedback but it is restricted to one aspect of our behaviour and we may have to request feedback we would find useful but do not get.
Decide what you will do as a result of the feedback
We can use feedback to help our own personal and professional development. When we receive it, we can assess its value, the consequences of ignoring it or using it, and finally decide what we can do as a result of it. If we do not make decisions on the basis of it, it can be wasted.
Thank the person giving feedback
Finally, thank the person for giving feedback. We might benefit from it, it may not have been easy for the person to give and it is a valuable practice to reinforce in any organisation or relationship.