Is there any personal development from PALS?
Profession development plan plays a valuable role in my learning and future growth in managerial career. The half-year experience on carting out my personal and professional development plan brings many positive effects on my life.
PALS aims to cultivate would-be- managers of excellent companies. This calls for not only a good postgraduate degree, but also managerial and inter-cultural skills.
While action learning, namely learning by doing, is nothing novel, peer action learning sets is a new development in the academic field. In learning this module, PALS mainly includes poster competition, lecture, workshops, and group/coaching sessions. In the introductory lecture, the origins and essence of PALS were introduced. It
PALS stresses academic skills, managerial skills, and inter-personal and inter-cultural skills. The first one is a basic skill that one must have, and it’s the main purpose of on-campus learning. PALS cultivates our academic skills by setting up a problem emulating the real business world, in solving which we can develop personal learning, data searching, information processing, and selection, analyzing skills. Then by writing and presentation, our academic skills are tested. Managerial skills range from time management, project management to decision-making, and it’s energy-consuming as well as intellectual-rewarding to finish such a heavy workload both effectively and efficiently. Also, the group work and visiting activities enable us, especially an international student like me, to develop interpersonal and inter-cultural skills. What benefits us more is the guide and advice from our coach and the scientific method of performance evaluation.