It is all about learning. This is the only way to grow as a professional of any kind and as a person. Even though I enjoy learning about anything, management has always been a territory I never thought I would explore, the reason being that I never liked telling people what to do. That is why my knowledge about management and what it involves was very poor before I started the MIP course. The combination of lectures, guest presentations, blog writing, the group collaboration exercise, and the group case study project revealed to me how the management of an organisation can facilitate the achievement of its goals. The lectures and presentations gave me understanding about collaboration, strategic planning, leadership, budgeting, and how a library is the same as any other institution when it comes to management. Further, the group projects thought me first-hand about collaboration and its challenges. The blog writing, though, was something new I experienced in my academic studies, and I will give it the main attention in this final MIP blog.
The reflective blog writing helped me learn very effectively. Why? Because it made me relate new knowledge to my own life experiences which made this knowledge personal and memorable. I have to say, writing reflectively and sharing my writings with other people was very hard at first, the main reason being that I am a very private person. Another reason was that reflecting on what I learn during my undergraduate studies has never been a part of my learning process and I was not accustomed to it. It felt strange at first to relate what I have learnt about management to my personal experiences. For example, I did not think collaboration and organisational culture to be relevant to my life, but I soon found out how wrong I was. I realised that different aspects of management have always been influencing not only my professional, but also my personal life one way or another. Being unhappy in my workplace because of the organisational culture of order and authority made my life unhappy as a whole. Collaboration can be seen not only in the workplace, but also at home when all the family members share the chores nobody wants to do. And so on, and so on.
Therefore, for conclusion, I want to share that the MIP course thought me both about management and about myself. Now I know many things about management: how to interact effectively with people I work with and people I work for; how a manager can be a good leader; how important are the organisational strategy and culture for achieving a company’s goals; how to collaborate successfully; even how to manage a budget. With the help of this blog, I reflected on my life through the prism of management, and this gave me not only an appreciation of the subject, but also a better understanding of my being in a world that has everything to do with management.