KEY ISSUES 

Developing an Identity

Self – awareness helps adolescents understand themselves and establish their personal identity. Lack of information and skills prevent them from effectively exploring their potential and establishing a positive image and sound career perspective. 

Managing Emotions

Adolescents have frequent mood changes reflecting feelings of anger, sadness, happiness, fear, shame, guilt, and love. Very often, they are unable to understand the emotional turmoil.

Building Relationships

Adolescents need social skills for building positive and healthy relationships with others including peer of opposite sex. They need to understand the importance of mutual respect and socially defined boundaries of every relationship.

Resisting Peer Pressure

Adolescents find it difficult to resist peer pressure. Some of them may yield to these pressures and engage in experimentation.Aggressive self conduct; irresponsible behaviour and substance abuse involve greater risks with regard to physical and mental health.

Personal Skills

The most fundamental of all skills are those concerned with self-preservation - that is, staying healthy in both body and mind.Without good personal (or intra-personal) skills, you are less likely to be able to develop good interpersonal, presentation or leadership skills.

Time Management Skills

Have you ever wondered how it is that some people seem to have enough time to do everything that they want to, whereas others are always rushing from task to task, and never seem to finish anything?
The Key to Good Time Management understanding the difference between urgent and important

‘Urgent’ tasks demand your immediate attention, but whether you actually give them that attention may or may not matter.
'Important' tasks matter, and not doing them may have serious consequences for you or others. 

Stress Management

It means recognizing the sources of stress in our lives, recognizing how this affects us, and acting in ways that help us control our levels of stress, by changing our environment or lifestyle and learning how to relax.

Coping with emotions

It means involving recognizing emotions within us and others, being aware of how emotions influence behaviour and being able to respond to emotions appropriately. Intense emotions like anger or sadness can have negative effects on our health if we do not respond appropriately.

Literacy: Reading and Writing Skills

Most people communicate, at least some of the time, using the written word - through letters, emails, reports, text messages, social network feeds and a host of other methods.Being able to write clearly and concisely is a very powerful way to communicate, either one-to-one or to a much larger audience. 

Numeracy Skills

Developing or refreshing your numeracy skills can give you a real boost in life.
We don't all need to be great mathematicians, and we're not all rocket scientists, but an understanding of the basic principles of day-to-day numeracy, arithmetic and maths will help to open many doors.

Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills are the life skills we use every day to communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups. Employers often seek to hire staff with 'strong interpersonal skills' - they want people who will work well in a team and be able to communicate effectively with colleagues, customers and clients. 

Creative thinking

It is a novel way of seeing or doing things that is characteristic of four components – fluency (generating new ideas), flexibility (shifting perspective easily), originality (conceiving of something new), and elaboration (building on other ideas).

Decision making

It helps us to deal constructively with decisions about our lives. This can have consequences for health. It can teach people how to actively make decisions about their actions in relation to healthy assessment of different options and, what effects these different decisions are likely to have. 

Learn to Listen

Listening is not the same as hearing. Take time to listen carefully to what others are saying through both their verbal and non-verbal communication.

Encourage others to engage in communication and use appropriate questioning to develop your understanding.

Relax

When we are nervous we tend to talk more quickly and therefore less clearly.  Being tense is also evident in our body language and other non-verbal communication. Instead, try to stay calm, make eye contact and smile.  Let your confidence shine.

Leadership Skills

"Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential.They can be applied to any situation where you are required to take the lead, professionally, socially and at home in family settings.

Leadership Theory

Leader is concerned with the interaction of 3 areas:

Task – goal setting, methods and process
Team – effective interaction/communication,
clarify roles, team morale
Individual – attention to behaviour,  feelings,
coaching

Key Team Leader Responsibilities

Guide/coordinate team members – encourage teamwork and motivate individuals
Provide structure for team – set mission and purpose, clarify roles and responsibilities, allocate tasks and set objectives
Clarify working methods, practises and protocol
Focus on performance – anticipate challenges, monitor performance, delegate and provide CPD support 

Excellent Communication

Leaders also need finely-honed communication skills.These skills are general interpersonal skills, not specific to leadership, but successful leaders tend to show high levels of skill when communicating.Good leaders tend to be extremely good listeners, able to listen actively and elicit information by good questioning.They know how to build rapport quickly and effectively, to develop good, strong relationships with others, whether peers or subordinates. 

Learning Skills

Many people think of learning as studying, but this is not the case. When you study, you do normally learn but learning can go far beyond structured or unstructured studying.You can learn from any and all experiences in your life.

Studying skills

While learning is very definitely wider than studying, nonetheless, having good study skills will help you to learn.These generic and transferable skills help you to get yourself into the right frame of mind for studying, and then study effectively. 

Presentation Skills

Presenting clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message or opinion across and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field. It is the process of presenting the content of a topic to the audience consisting of one or more persons.

Four basic steps in making a effective presentation,

Strategy
Structure
Presentation
Handling questions


Structuring your presentation

Three section setors:

Introduction
Information
Recap

Prepare everything you need in advance. Check everything on the day that it works. 

LIFE SKILLS

The term ‘Life Skills’ refers to the skills you need to make the most out of life. Life skills are usually associated with managing and living a better quality of life. From the benefits it brings to the individual to the positive effect it has on employability and wider societ, learn all about the importance of having life skills.

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