The MOOC is part of a youth-strategic partnership project titled “Cease Cowering: Youth Empower Action Here!” (CC: YEAH) supported by the National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility (Национална агенција за европски образовни програми и мобилност) and programme Erasmus + .
Over the past decade, young people around the globe has faced very different but great challenges: unemployment, skills gap, vocational trainings, outdated educational formats, school-to-work transition etc. Consequently, “empowerment” has become the buzzword in business, evaluation and youth development. Because of its wide use, the word “empowerment” has many different meanings to people. “Discover Yourself: Build a Career and Make an Impact” is an interactive MOOC that will empower youth through a holistic approach on four different skills sets and dimensions:
Chapter 1: Personal Development: What do you love doing?
Chapter 2: Professional Development: What do you do well?
Chapter 3: Community Development: What is the community around you?
Chapter 4: Sustainable Development: What the world needs?
Empowerment is defined as a way to provide tips and opportunities for youth to develop the competencies they need to become successful contributing members of their communities.
What will you learn?
Personal development chapter:
– Discover what your interests, values, and personal characteristics are;
– Identify exactly what you want and what you do not want to do.
Professional development chapter:
– Understand the drivers behind your career preferences and choices;
– Learn how to recognize your talents and interests and how to match them with your concrete professional career;
– Identify the skills which you can offer as well as learn about your current skills gaps.
Community development chapter:
– Demonstrate knowledge and ability to create a plan to help you improve your soft skills;
– Recognize opportunities for your career enhancement both within and beyond your current status;
– Summarize your achievements and skills in appropriate formats for future employers or academic institutions.
Sustainable development chapter:
– Extend and make most effective use of your professional network both on- and off-line;
– Learn what the world career trends are;
– Discover how your career choice can influence the world challenges.
Chapter 1: Personal Development
Our journey to self-discovery will start from the personal development. In the first chapter, we will give you the overview of your personality and how it could influence your career choice. In the three chapter units, you will identify what the personal values you appreciate the most are and how these values are influencing your choices. Also, you will be guided to discover your personality type and will have a chance to test yourself and find out which personality type you belong to and how you can connect it to your potential career.
Chapter 2: Professional Development
Once you have discovered who actually you really are and what you love doing, it is time to see what kind of career will fit your personality and interests. Your professional self is under huge pressure lately, right? So many trends, reports, and statistics show new, undiscovered ways of working and imagining your job of the future. But nothing will ever make sense unless you get to know your professional self and make choices based on your skills, needs, and capacities. In this chapter, you will be able to walk the thin line between self-discovery and self-creation, while articulating your experience and skills into a successful career plan.
Chapter 3: Community Development
In the Community Development chapter, we will help you discover what and how the empowered YOU can do for your community, for your peers, for your neightbours. In this chapter, we will show you the ways how you can make an impact: as an individual, as part of a non formal group, and as a member of an organization. At the end of the chapter, you will be able to identify a project idea, draft a basic proposal and find a suitable programme where you can apply for a project grant for your idea. But first and foremost, you will be inspired to take the community in your hands and move the things forward!
Chapter 4: Sustainable Development
In the last chapter, we will take a step back. What is the big picture? What are the challenges in the world today? We will speak about Sustainable Development Goals and discover ways how you can expand your circle of influence. We will finish the course with three elements of sustainable development – the economic, social and environmental. We want to motivate you to take personal social responsibility for your surrounding and for the whole world.
At the end of the course, you will be able to draft a personal development plan that will present your pathway to your personal, professional, community and sustainable development.
Lear more about the course from the MOOC brochure HERE.
*The project is based on partnership between the Association for Education Mladiinfo International from Macedonia, Mladiinfo Slovensko (Slovakia), The Global Experience (Germany) and iversity (Germany).