Reflection On Human Behavior In Public Organization

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Introduction As a first-year MPA student who just graduated from undergrad less than three months ago, I feel immensely grateful that Human Behavior in Public Organizations was one of the first official that I’ve taken for my graduate degree. Coming in, I was nervous that my lack of professional experience would put me at a learning disadvantaged compared to many of my classmates who have been in their careers for years. However, I ended up being glad that I began my graduate education so early because this class has allowed me to learn so many lessons that I have not yet encountered in my career, but feel much more confident to take on. Through this course, a few of the key take-aways that were especially imbued upon my perspective are sensemaking…show more content…
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