In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. The dramatic changes in global economies over the past five years have been matched with the transformation in technology and these are all impacting on education, the workplace and our home life.
In everyday life, the development of life skills helps students to:
- Find new ways of thinking and problem solving
- Recognise the impact of their actions and teaches them to take responsibility for what they do rather than blame others
- Build confidence both in spoken skills and for group collaboration and cooperation
- Analyse options, make decisions and understand why they make certain choices outside the classroom
- Develop a greater sense of self-awareness and appreciation for others
During the life skill classes students started with an exercise on self-awareness:
Purpose: Knowing how we feel is part of our self-awareness. The more we are aware of our feelings, the better we can control our behaviours and understand those of others. This exercise helps students to become more aware of their emotions and learn to describe them. It also encourages them to think of ways to get to a target
emotion, such as happiness.
Objective: Indicate how you feel now and find out as many emotions as you can.
This was followed by sessions on soft skills which covered varied and exhaustive topics like:
Self-Management Skills: Self-awareness, Emotion Management, Self-confidence, Stress Management, Resilience, Skills to forgive & forget, Persistence & Perseverance, Patience, etc.
People Skills: Communication skills, Presentation Skills, Facilitating skills, Interviewing skills, Selling skills, Meeting management skills, Influence/persuasion skills, Team work skills, Management skills, Leadership skills, Skills in dealing with difficult personalities and difficult situations, Self-promotion, organizing skills,
Ability to think & Communicate on your feet in crisis etc.
There were sessions on personal grooming where the students were given tips on personal grooming and importance of good health and hygiene practices at home and office to be followed.
Importance of Non verbal communication was highlighted in session on body language and use of various gestures and expressions in communication.
The sessions concluded with the above topics. This is not just a course but the learnings needs to be implemented in real life to reap the benefits.