You will be called to practice a range of different approaches to different situations, in order to improve your performance in either higher education, or working life. The objective is to provide you with tools that will enable you to identify, continuously develop and make the best use of your own skills, in order to become an effective and confident self-directed person and employee, who can define and achieve personal and professional goals independently.
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? 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?
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 skills and responds differently to targets. Knowing your learning style can 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).
Successful and professional presentations (or job interviews)
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.
Effective communication is crucial for personal and professional life successes. You need to understand and be understood. You need to set your position, role, and opinions, in order to feel accomplished and reach your goals.
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 you? How do you see yourself? How can you change that to your advantage? These questions and others will be asked in order to improve the effectiveness of one’s communication and learn how to adjust the style when appropriate.
- 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?
Personal skills are always interlinked with the professional ones, because before one can be competent professional, one needs to be a competent individual.
The topics touched upon during the course are applicable in all situations of one’s life spectrum, and you are free to use these newly acquired tools as you wish and retain to be the best for you from now onwards.
So, to wrap up, you will be asked to produce an auto-biographical and selfreflection text on a topic of your choice and to give a presentation in class, which can be based on that writing or on another topic you wish to actually share. You will make our presentation integrating the various tools you learnt and reflect on it afterwards, as well as receive feedback from the group, by using inter-vision.
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.
- attendance in class 15%
- team assignment 40%
- individual assignment 35%
- exam 10%
Course time total 125 hours
- Total time of in-class work = 50hours
- Preliminary assignment = 10hours
- Preparation = 65hours
Course fee includes the application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.
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*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.