Journal Writing

Many professionals in different fields use the personal journal as a tool to encourage thinking, analyze and evaluate new experiences, clarify values, deepen self-knowledge, and solve problems. Reflection is an important component of work-based learning through the Cooperative Education Program. As you work and learn in your pre-professional co-op placement this semester, you will encounter new situations, meet new people, learn new skills, formulate new conceptions, and change previously held ideas about what it means to be an engineer

Some Co-op employers ask their students to maintain a journal to document their training and work experience. The journal will also provide you with a record of the significant experiences and accomplishments and the network of new contacts, which will be useful in developing your resume and showing employers concrete, specific achievements when interviewing in the near future.

E-mail Journal Format:

Questions to help you get started on writing your journal: