Industry Study Tour (2015) to China
Pre-departure was very exciting. I was really looking forward to meeting everyone at our workshop and as I completed each section of the module and we got closer to going my excitement grew. I found the industry study tour site was extremely helpful with extensive resources made available for my international integrated learning experience.
Pre-departure was all about networking, teamwork, leadership, employability and how I might relate this to my own experience and my discipline of professional writing. It was a great advantage in integrated cultural learning and concepts on how to become an innovative, creative entrepreneur.
Being actively involved with the industry study tour only enhanced my learning. My understanding of the reflective process by using the 5R’s has evolved and I feel I have developed some real world cultural diversity.
Every experience can be fraught with challenges and mine was overcoming fatigue as we kept on a very busy schedule, the language barriers of mandarin and the new technology that is forever evolving.
It seems an integrated learning study tour has given me a certain edge to succeed in the workforce. Going global has developed my capacity to obtain and/or create work by using the reflective practice to identify my employability skills and attributes. I now have a better sense of cross cultural adaptability, navigating new and hazardous environments, cultural awareness and the exchange of negotiating on so many levels.
The exposure to a county like China meant not only experiencing pollution and congestion but the opportunity to grow as an individual. This direct exposure to the challenges of real world learning, the culture shock of road rules not being enforce, the diverse culture of food and spirituality, temples and calligraphy, social networking on WeChat, and business etiquette of guanxi all made for a very wonderful journey.
I loved this experience very much and although I returned a little unwell and chronically fatigued this did not detract from the fabulous friendships I have made and the exciting times I enjoyed.
Pauline in the Shanghai subway going to Metro City
Traffic and pollution Shanghai
Pauline hitching a ride
Cathy and Dun
Hazardous Pollution Mask Day
Panda at Beijing Zoo