As we begin the long road to our Masters, we have been looking closely at ourselves through our assumptions about research assignment and the pre-residency assignment about adapting to a new environment. We have also completed a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator session. I have never before given so much consideration into why I act the way that I do, and why others act the way they do. It has helped me to navigate group conflict and it has helped me to understand why I might feel uneasy about someone, or have difficult understanding their actions. For example, as a slight extrovert I had never thought that introverts might need a little bit of time to sort out their opinions. I had heard that before but I had never really paused to take notice of the advancements in conversation that can be maide by allowing someone else a bit of silence. It has always been hard for me to wait out that silence and I often find myself either wanting to talk, or anticipating what they will say and formulating a reply.
I read a paper on the MBTI and its application in the business world that described the test as being “…based on the notion that what appears to be random behavior on the part of individuals is really not random at all, but rather a discernable pattern of human behavior” (Fox-Hines & Bowersock, 1995, p. 3). This is especially disconcerting to some people who enjoy having unique personality types, but I think it is a surprising notion for all of us that our individualism may not be as original as we had supposed. Still the MBTI is not intended to be used for hiring or selecting individuals that you would prefer to work with. It is better applied towards understanding both your own preferences towards receiving and giving information, and the preferences of your other team mates or colleagues (Fox-Hines & Bowersock, 1995, p.4).
Below is a table with my thoughts on adapting to a new environment. It will be interesting to begin applying a work-life balance through my Masters. I hope that I can carry through the lessons I learned in residency at remember to be patient with myself and the others around me.
The chart is based on Boyd’s article “The characteristics of successful online students” the article is referenced below.
|Technical||Strategies to close gap|
|computer hardware||Macbook at home PC at work constant internet access while at home or work|
|Printer at work|
|Microsoft word, drop box, and other tools for use|
|computer skills||Familiar with Moodle|
|Comfortable on internet|
|used to using sharing/collaboration software|
|Familiar with online resources|
|Moodle 2.0 is slightly different/ every uni uses moodle differently||Become familiar with moodle 2.0 through practise|
|Time||30 hours/week? (5 hrs a night?)|
|Full time job 40hrs/week||Good time management/less social time 😦|
|Dog need walks/attention||Walk dogs as soon as I get home to tire them out and allow to study|
|communte time c rowded and little chance to study||Don’t rely on transit to catch up on readings!|
|Have some extra vacation days|
|Able to work on some projects at work|
|Space||small, distracting environment (apartment)||Study in cafes if needed|
|housecleaning||Discuss with partner hiring help to reduce stress|
|cooking||Easy-to-cook meals. Using smoothies for breakfasts and salads for lunch|
|People||Supportive Manager at work|
|Supportive partner at home|
|Family not very supportive or understanding||Don’t live with family, will attempt to just keep school and family separate is possible. Remember post-secondary is not something they are used to.|
|Mental health/anxiety||keep working on it and be patient|
|introvert/extrovert enjoy being with other people but also value alone time and personal space|
|Goals: MA first and see what opportunities are around. Would like to move somewhere/ maybe help with education technologies in developing areas|
|Maintain self-motivation||Keep goals in mind and have discipline|
|Big talker||Remember to listen to others and understand what they are saying. Active listenting.|
Boyd, D. (2004). The characteristics of successful online students. New Horizons in Adult Education, 18(2), 31-49. Retrieved from Florida International University, June 26, 2011.
Fox-Hines, R., & Bowersock, R. B. (1995). ISFJ, ENTP, MBTI: What’s it all about? Business and Economic Review, 41, (3)3. Retrieved from https://ezproxy.royalroads.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/209589111?accountid=8056