The complex social environment in which we live today requires careful attention to skills recognition and enhancement. Obtaining and developing the ability to effectively manage not only ourselves, but also our social, academic and work environments effectively is the key to personal success. Employers worldwide also require employees to be profi cient in managing themselves within the workplace. Life skills: my journey, my destiny is an essential workbook for all of us wanting to reach our full potential, both personally and professionally.
Life skills: my journey, my destiny is also an excellent guide for facilitators of life skills modules or programmes. The practical and applied approach makes the book compatible with outcomes-based curricula at schools, colleges and higher education institutions. It has a systematic and user-friendly design to help students obtain and enhance critical skills.
Life skills: my journey, my destiny is directed primarily at learners preparing to enter the world of work, and learners who are forming new types of relationships, redefining themselves and beginning to establish their identities as adults and workers. The authors are experienced facilitators of life skills and related subject areas. They come from various academic environments and institutions in South Africa. The content of this book is therefore based on extensive practical experience within the higher education environment.
PART I A JOURNEY TO PERSONAL SUCCESS
Section 1 Determine the itinerary
1 Setting goals
2 Time management
Section 2 Obstacles on the journey
3 Student life
4 Diversity and change
5 Overcoming the challenges of conflict management, problem solving and decision making
Section 3 Enjoying the journey
6 Your best travel companion - you!
7 Travel companions: interpersonal relationships that work
8 Healthy living
9 Substance abuse: detour or dead end
PART II FIRST DESTINATION - ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Section 4 Pit stop: sharpening the thinking tools
10 Discover your creative potential: creative living and creative learning
11 Critical and analytical thinking in higher education
Section 5 Pit stop: check your classroom skills
12 Note taking: writing down the right things
13 Effective listening and concentration skills
14 Manage the workload: summarising
16 Managing assignments and assessments
PART III A TOOLBOX FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
Section 6 Personal and interpersonal skills for health and related professionals
17 Basic helping skills
18 Trauma debriefing
19 Coping with loss and bereavement
PART IV BON VOYAGE
Section 7 Pause a moment ... check your travel documents
20 Getting your passport and travel documents ready: building a portfolio
21 Job search and self-marketing strategies
22 Making the job interview work for you
23 Work ethics and professional behaviour in the workplace
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