I spoke with Kate Ames on the phone today about the feedback I had received from my supervisors at the ABC Wide Bay team. (K. Ames, personal communication, October 10, 2017) told me that I could reflect on my experience and my feedback in a journal entry. Since my Work placement at the ABC Wide Bay I have thought about what I experienced, how I reacted, what I felt and what could have been different. Even though it has been a month and a week since I finished my last day at the ABC I still have mixed feelings about the whole experience. Part of me feels that, if I had handled the situation differently and perhaps not taken so much of my own time at home out so that I could gain interviews, maybe I could have done better quality work. However, I do also feel proud of what I have achieved during my time at the ABC. I did feel that some of the comments provided by my supervisor were a little uncalled for, especially the one that says ‘Zoe needs to ensure her personal life does not interfere with her professional work’. As it was not my personal life that affected my work, instead it was the sheer amount of hours that I was doing a week, the negative feedback I had been receiving as well as the amount of homework that was set for me, which was increasing every week. However, as for the marking that I received from the ABC Wide Bay team I found that there was no feedback given on how to improve things like my skill, my presentation and demeanour, or even my reliability. I do not have any understanding of why I received the marks that I did and I feel that it would have been nice to know how to improve on those topics. At the end of the day though, it is important for me to take everything that I was going through at the time in to consideration, I need to make sure that I am not too hard on myself.
Finally my last reflection is that I am very proud that my last article had a reach across the world. I chose a topic that was close to my heart with the aim to inform people about what mental health issues is really about. I recently did a google search of my article and found that it was listed on at least eight different websites other than the ABC online. However, there was one particular place that I found my article being discussed that really made me smile.
Figure Reference List
Australian Broadcasting 2017, R U OK?: Stopping to talk instead of walking past the homeless, digital image, viewed 6 October 2017, https://article.wn.com/view/2017/09/05/R_U_OK_Stopping_To_Talk_Instead_of_walking_past_the_homeless/