Early Bird

Personal Development

Course Date: 12.8. - 23.8.

Being a self-confident and objective-focused person is very important in today´s world, maybe more than ever. This course is designed to help you become more effective when it comes to time management, self-presentation, decision making and self-education. You will get a chance to gain insight into your talents and skills, and learn how to use them effectively to achieve your goals.

Course Fee: 650€


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Category: B Business & Professional Development

Course description


The Personal and Professional Development course aims to give the students an insight of their talents, passions, creative and critical thinking skills, in order to become a better professional, a more tolerant and understanding person, who is aware of and has a reflective attitude towards a changing world. The Personal and Professional Development course aims to contribute to the “Bildung” of the participants, by focusing on talent development, their role as global citizens and presentation and writing skills. The work forms will include debates, (socratic) conversations, interactive workshops, personal coaching and peer group intervision.

Each day will focus on a different theme and will alternate presentations and interactive activities. The last 2 and half days will be for reflection, writing and presenting their experiences. This will be the evaluation. The course aims for selfgrowth and who better than ourselves to assess our learning experience? Peer support and group reflection will complement it. The teacher plays the role of a coach, who opens ways and asks questions, who challenges the existing order and beliefs, creating more awareness and enabling critical thinking.

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00

Credits: You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course. Please inform the organizing staff if you require any extra supplements, such as Transcript of Records. The student is eligible to receive up to 5 ECTS credits, however please follow the instructions here and consult the acknowledgment process with your university in advance.

Price: Course fee includes the application fee, study materials and afternoon / evening social activities and events, welcome and goodbye drink. Other expenses, such as transportation, meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town, entrance fees, some of the sport activities and rentals), and required equipment (i.e. personal laptop) are not included in the price.

Accommodation: For accommodation options, please visit the dedicated page here


Marine, Armenia - Personal and Professional Development

„ESS brings together people not afraid of engaging in something completely different from what they're used to doing back home. It's a great way to meet and interact with young people representing different cultures and as such - a definite opportunity to spend quite possibly the best couple of weeks in your life if you're curious, enthusiastic and open to new experiences. Also, Prague is absolutely amazing!“


This course aims to allow the learner to become an effective and confident selfdirected person and employee. This helps the learner become confident in managing own personal and professional skills, to achieve personal and professional goals.

Learners will develop their ability to organize, manage, and practice a range of approaches to improve their performance in either of their next career steps – higher education, or working life. The needs of the individual is emphasized but within the context of how self-management corresponds with effective team management.


B1 CEF absolute minimum, B2 and above strongly recommended. A laptop will be needed.

Course outline
Each day will focus on a different theme and will combine presentations and interactive activities. The last 2 and half days will be for reflection, writing and presenting experiences - this will be the evaluation. Below you can briefly read about the topics we will focus on.

Personal Skills - discover and assess yourself
You will start to look at yourself in a more critical way. Who are you? Do you know yourself? Who are the others? Do you know what you want in life? How does the context affect you and how you see yourself and the others? What do you know? Which skills have developed so far and which ones do you believe you need to develop in the future, in order to reach your personal and professional goals?

Learning styles
Identify and take advantage of one’s style. What is your learning style? Is it always the same? Does it always depend on you or also on the subject? How can you better benefit from your learning style? Everyone has a different set of characteristics and responds differently to targets. Knowing your learning style will enable you to become a more effective learner and will give you an advantage in understanding how to motivate others around you (classmates and colleagues) and will help you to stay motivated.

Body language - personal life vs getting a job
What does your body language tell about you?
Are you aware of your body language?
Are you a good body language reader?
How can you take advantage of that, e.g. for a job interview?

Time management: prioritisation and effectiveness
Technology is there to assist us, but only if we know how to set objectives and prioritise our workload wisely.
The fundamentals of time management start with an understanding of the self and how we react to time-related stress. Learning how to prioritize will help you become more effective.

Communication and assertiveness
Effective communication is crucial in our personal and professional life successes. We need to understand and be understood, as well as we need to defend our positions, roles, and opinions, in order to feel accomplished and reach our goals. So answering some questions is key to improve our communication style and effectiveness.
What is communication? Why is it so important? Can you comfortably defend your point of view? Or do you feel that being assertive the same as being aggressive? How do others see me? How can you change that to your advantage? How to use assertiveness for better performance and career / personal success?

Successful and professional presentations (or job interview!)
A good presentation contains a variety of elements, your core message being only one of them. A strong introduction, intelligent body language, and a logical structure are often more important than the verbal message you are trying to deliver!
We will address various elements you need to know in order to deliver an effective message: self-image, body language, rhetoric, and actual knowledge.

In our professional and personal lives we will often have to negotiate for something we want. From an early age we begin to negotiate, from ‘I will be good if I can have some cake’, and these skills become more and more vital in our lives.
Therefore, to be successful we must understand the negotiation process. Understand negotiation, understand cultural differences and ethics in all their subjectivity and its impact on successful negotiations.

Wrapping up
Professional and personal skills do not exist in isolation from one another and are interlinked and applicable in a variety of situations.
Following on from our discussions on the topics mentioned above, you will get an opportunity to put all the newly acquired knowledge together and to practice your skills in the last few days.

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.

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