WIL and employability; the student perspective

John McInerney, Ruth Druva and Graduates (Yvonne & Amanda), Monash University

John McInerney, Senior Lecturer, Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences from Monash University on ‘WIL and Employability; the student perspective.’ Hear from Alumni Amanda and Yvonne. This recording is from our 2022 Melbourne, Australia MiniBash community event. Videos are for educational personnel only and require a live educational email to watch. You can read the video transcript below.


My name’s Ruth Druva, John McInerney. And our journey started thanks to PebblePad community practice.

And that’s really where we were able to see the potential and take it back into what we wanted to and I had a bit of a vision. We started with Will, so clinical.

And then just went a lot further.

Because we bought portfolios and onto the alumni. And this is where I’m going to hand over straight away.

To listening to what we were able to achieve.

Hi, everyone, Amanda here.

Today, I’m joining you from my bedroom here in Sunny Singapore.

Now, I’m a Singapore and Chinese, and Mandarin Chinese was my second language growing up.

Why is this relevant? Well, learning from Mandarin was part of my curriculum from kindergarten till I was sixteen years old. And here after here, I always struggle with understanding the language, yet a few things seem to stick for me, like the seemingly simple, yet, profound four character idiom in primary school, yin shui si yuan.

And this is a very meaningful way of saying no matter how accomplished you get in life, always look back at your past to see how far you’ve come, that will motivate you to keep moving forwards.

Yin shui si yuan has become a value that I hold very close to me, And if I were to wax lyrical, having an e portfolio using PebblePad has helped me to be motivated and keep moving forwards in life.

You see, I was about one year into my career as a radiographer when COVID nineteen happened.

The pandemic hit somehow kickstarted my career into research, and I was beginning to accomplish several significant milestones.

I had come across a few PhD students on social media who were making use of different blogging platforms to log down and share their PhD journey and I was inspired.

I decided that I wanted to create something similar to share about my career. And I remember being on the account creation page for one of these blogging platforms, when the memory of having an alumni PebblePad account popped in my head.

So there, I went logging in, and creating a dedicated professional development log of all my achievements from work. And this included research that I had already published, international and regional events that I had been invited to speak at and even collaborations at work that had helped to enhance patient safety, including one particular case that literally highlighted how the x rays that I had taken had saved a patient’s life.

One thing that I have to congratulate PebblePad for is their UIX design.

The development team have gone above and beyond to create something that isn’t only easy to use but is also aesthetically pleasing.

I remember back when I was a student creating e portfolios for presentations, PebblePadl paired allowed me to individualize my own work. Expand my creativity and get the assessment done. In fact, I would often procrastinate from completing higher priority assignments by playing around on pebble pad instead.

It just felt like I was having fun and truth be told I still am having fun with e portfolios.

As is the theme of my sharing today, the key question would be on how pebble pad and e portfolios can help me to move forwards.

Well, I go to my portfolios once in a while and the way I’ve laid everything out allows me to look at the different domains of practice at a glance, See which particular domain is looking a little sparse. And this serves as a reminder for me to develop myself more in that particular domain. So that I can fill the page up a little bit more. By doing these steps periodically, it has given me the chance to remain very holistic in my professional career. And if you’re interested in continuing professional development in your career, I highly recommend you implement eportfolios in your working life and regularly browse through them to not only look back at how far you’ve come but also to motivate you to keep it updated.

I guarantee that it will do wonders for your growth.

Well, looks like my time is almost up. Before I end off, I would like to thank everyone at PebblePad for creating this really wonderful vehicle which has allowed me to look back on my life and be motivated to keep moving forwards.

In particular, I would like to thank Jody Young for the very initial opportunity to present at a pebblepad webinar in twenty eighteen. And last but not least, my lecturers and now colleagues, John and Ruth, for all their constant support and me through the years.

Hope that all of you will be encouraged to utilize eportfolios as a means to keep yourself in check when growing holistically in your profession Korea.

I wish you all the very best. Take care. Bye bye.

Now I’m going to introduce you to another alumni who’s based here in Melbourne. And she did an awesome presentation. What I do for you fours? At our portfolio event, and I’ve got one coming tomorrow for my current year fours. So Yvonne is no longer year four. She’s a graduate, so I’ll let her talk to you.

Hello, everyone. It’s great to be here today and in a room full of amazing educators this morning.

And today, I’m gonna I must say first that Amanda is one of the radiographers that I really look to. She’s one of those incredible people.

So my name’s Yvonne. I graduated from Monash with a medical medical imaging degree. Last year, and now working as a graduate radiographer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. So today, I’m gonna talk about my journey with PebblePad and how the e portfolio I created last year has become so important to me.

So I’m gonna begin the story by telling you that Learning anatomy in my first year was the biggest struggle.

So when Shane spoke about the transition in first year you need, that really resonated with me. So I expected many, many hours and my evenings in the library going through anatomy textbooks and wrote them everything.

But instead, I was lucky enough to be in a tutorial group where we had our activities in the learning and teaching building at Monash, where the tables can be used as as whiteboards to draw on. So this is what we did. So we borrowed skeletons from the anatomy lab and we drew the landmarks out to help me visualise those complex structures.

And then our next assignment was to compile an anatomy portfolio in a creative way using the photos that we took in the tutorials.

So this is one of the pages I created with my group members.

Even though this is the first time that I was introduced to PebblePad, And I’m gonna say this is not the most outstanding work I’ve done, but it did help me have a a unique learning experience as if I’m both an anatomy content creator and also a learner trying to make sense of it all. So coming from both perspectives helped me take the initiative to check order drawings and the content was done correctly and in a logical order.

So I actually take take pride in this work, and this became available resource for me to when I revised my for my anatomy exams and also when I studied for radiographic image interpretations later on in my course.

Since then, I’ve spent hours and hours on pebble pet doing my assessments, case reports, placement reflections.

And without realizing it, I’m starting to build a number of assets that document my growth and development as a student radiographer.

I actually take I actually feel a sense of satisfaction when I finish a page that’s aesthetically pleasing. I even get a little excited when I’m about to submit my work as if I’m publishing my work to the public.

So at the end of my degree, I constructed my own e portfolio that document my professional growth.

And this is one of the pages I created in my e portfolio.

The ability to comp to link previous assets in the portfolio further complemented this piece of work to show the continuity of my learning.

So throughout the process, I was able to reflect on my journey The key moments of my journey, my achievements, and the hurdles I faced that shaped me to become who I am today.

And actually take take pride in this piece of work as well. And I even showed my future employer part of the the work during my interview because It not only not only shows my professional capabilities as a graduate radiographer, but also my creativity my values and my commitment to lifelong learning.

So I graduated last year, and Thanks to PebblePad and EPortfolio.

It really helped play in an important role in helping me stand out from the graduates. And secured one of the three graduate radiographer positions at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

And I even presented my portfolio and shared my insights with the colleagues earlier this year at a mini conference event with Asmode.

So I want to thank PebblePad for providing me a platform to document my introspection and appreciate how far I’ve come.

And with in the future, I wanna keep adding on to my portfolio, portfolio as I achieve more goals in the future.

With a alumni account, all the assets are pretty easy accessible, so this is very handy to use.

So thanks for listening and I want to thank John and Ruth for bringing me here today and to be here with everyone. Thank you.

Yeah, great. Thanks, I think I can see if you see Yvonne has really brought us here. It’s just here we just still here and go. Hang on the coattails of Amanda Yvonne, so really, really, hugely appreciate that.



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