Let’s look at ways that you can approach feedback sessions to ensure they are a motivator and continue to help you.
It is vital to enter a feedback session open minded, ready to listen and learn. It is easy to take feedback personally, but it is an important part of doing your job and learning. Some things to keep in mind when you are entering a feedback session.
A feedback session can help boost your confidence as an intern. It helps you establish a mindset where you positively react to any feedback from your supervisor. This includes developing thick skin while receiving negative feedback that needs to be addressed, as well as staying humble while receiving positive feedback that needs to remain consistent.
Going into a feedback session without preparation is like turning up to an exam without studying. Feedback sessions are a two-way street and an opportunity for you to ask questions, or gain feedback on specific tasks, projects and situations.
Write down some things you think have gone really well over the week, month, placement period (depending when the session is) and what you learn in those situations. Also write down anything you need further clarity on, are struggling or any challenges you are having.
Your supervisor will enjoy seeing you proactive and motivated to learn from this experience.
Recording minutes of your feedback session is crucial, your supervisor may do this and circulate with you, but you can also do this for the. A record of the conversation provides you the opportunity to go over the entire session and analyse areas of improvement and also ways to remain consistent in areas of strength. Writing down notes can help you remember key scenarios during the session and can enable you to stay focused on self improvement and overall professional development. It also provides a benchmark to reflect on in future sessions.
Positively taking on board feedback during your placement and using it to enhance your skills and remain consistent, ultimately enables professional development. When feedback sessions go well, the vulnerability, honesty and trust that comes from those sessions can even help you build a positive relationship with your supervisor.