I'm currently on a graduate training scheme, and whilst some of it's interesting, they keep making me write really horrible essays on 'professional practice', and I really can't cope with it.
Here's an example of some text from a recent question:
The assignment should show your reflections on how your critical analysis of the selected incidents have altered or shaped your knowledge and understanding of professional practice with respect to the values and behaviours in your field. Your work must draw extensively on relevant literature to provide a theoretical perspective on the reflective approach adopted.
I find this kind of task really difficult, I'm pretty opinionated and come from a physics background and I wan't to tear into their flimsy premises rather than accepting them at face value. I can't do that within the scope of what they're asking for, and instead I've got to write about how double loop learning has broadened my professional horizons, or whatever terrible clichés they feel like using.
I've told my manager that I don't think these exercises are a good use of anyone's time, and she agrees but says I need to do them and she doesn't set the syllabus, which is fair enough.
So, it sounds like I've got to do them. But how? Whenever I sit down to work I look through some of the material, decide everyone in the field is an idiot, get frustrated, seethe for ten or fifteen minutes then decide to do something else. That's obviously not productive, and I need a coping strategy to get through it. Any advice?
P.S. I realise I come across as really dismissive of the whole thing in that, and I do appreciate there might be some good work on these topics out there. However, the things we have to deal with are not the good bits, as an example, one of our set texts was an extended metaphor that went on for a couple of pages, comparing the process of reflection to 'a deep blue lagoon' *shudder*.