A vital element of the Career-related Programme is the study of Personal and Professional Skills. Students acquire skills that support learning, life, and work over the two-year course, covering five main subjects: Applied Ethics, Intercultural Understanding, Personal Development, Effective Communication, and Thinking Processes.
Applied Ethics is the application of ethics to real-world problems and attempts to answer the question of how people should act in specific situations. While studying Applied Ethics as part of the Personal and Professional Skills Programme, students will analyze, discuss and debate ethical dilemmas in general life, progressing to dilemmas more specific to the workplace and their career-related studies.
Personal and Professional Skills Programme students will investigate the various influences that can impact and define culture in the intercultural understanding unit. Students will examine their own and other cultures and discuss how culture is passed down from generation to generation. Students will have time to read Erin Meyer's "The Culture Map" and write a book report on their findings, identifying key takeaways that will help them in the real world.
Students will investigate what personal development entails and how it can be applied in personal and professional settings. The theme will cover self-reflection, efficiency and motivation, EQ and IQ, finances (budgeting), and change management. After students have investigated each of the aspects mentioned above, they will concentrate on developing a personal development plan for themselves, including self-reflection/evaluation, goal setting, developing an action plan, and deciding on a method for timeframe and review.
Students will learn about various types of communication in the effective communication unit. They will look at examples of positive and negative interactions and better understand how to communicate effectively in different personal and professional situations. As a summative task to conclude this unit, students will be challenged to apply their knowledge and understanding of effective communication to a mock interview and interviewing for an artificial job in their chosen career field.
Thinking processes are taught and practiced throughout the Personal and Professional Skills Programme course. Students will practice creative and critical thinking in various personal and professional situations. Students will analyze and evaluate information to connect their learning and its application to their career-related study.
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