Pills of competencies

Pills of Competencies is a cycle of seminars, organized by the Ca’ Foscari Competency Centre, dedicated to the students enrolled in the Masters’ Degree Programs, whose aim is the development of specific soft skills.

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The soft skills are individual characteristics that are necessary to achieve effective work performance. These competences can be activated in any job that requires them, and they can involve achievement, relational or cognitive dimensions, such as: achievement orientation, initiative, adaptability, empathy, leadership, conflict management, persuasion, group management, self-awareness, self-control, pattern recognition, system thinking, oral communication, etc.

Through Pills of Competencies, the participants will be able to:

  • understand the importance of some soft skills to improve their performance;
  • be aware of how much they demonstrate these competencies;
  • understand how these competencies are related to effective behaviors;
  • implement strategies to develop these competencies.

Pills of Competencies are made up of interactive seminars, aimed at making each participant quickly improve his / her level of possession of the competencies.

In addition, Pills of Competencies is the natural complement to other initiatives aimed at the development of soft skills organized by the Ca 'Foscari Competency Centre, such as the Competency Labs and the course Emotional Competencies and Individual Development, which can be attended in addition to the participation of Pills of Competencies.

Pills of Competencies is an initiative realized by the Ca’ Foscari Competency Centre in collaboration with UMANA.


Contents and calendar

1) Empathy

Have you ever wondered if, when you listen to someone, you really understand what he/she thinks and feels? During a conversation, can you pay attention to verbal language, gestures and attitudes of people? Have you ever felt like in someone else’s shoes? The seminar is aimed at enabling participants to understand the relevance of empathy and its impact on performance. Participants will be able to experience different strategies to develop empathic listening in personal and professional contexts.

Contents

  • Empathy: its components and impact on individual and organizational performance
  • The neurological perspective to empathy
  • Empathy Learning Techniques

The Pill “Empathy” consists of two meetings that will be held:

  • Tuesday 18/09/18, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno
  • Tuesday 25/09/18, 14.30-18.00, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno

The participation to both meetings is required in order to obtain the certificate of participation.

The participation is reserved to 30 students enrolled in master's degrees.

2) Adaptability

Are you able to change your perspective and behaviors when they are not suitable for the situation? When you are facing a change or an expected event, do you react quickly with adequate behaviors generating alternative paths? The seminar is designed to stimulate participants to step outside their comfort zone and to develop the capability to respond flexibly to changes and emerging situations.

Contents:

  • Defining adaptability and its relevance in the labor market
  • Neurophysiology of adaptability
  • How to expand your comfort zone: learn how to change your habits, tolerate uncertainty, overcome resistance to change and generate alternative paths

The Pill “Adaptability” consists of two meetings that will be held:

  • Tuesday 02/10/18, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno
  • Tuesday 09/10/18, 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno

The participation to both meetings is required in order to obtain the certificate of participation.

The participation is reserved to 30 students enrolled in Master's degrees.

3) Persuasion

How do you convince someone to support your point of view? Are you able to have an impact on others? Do you know what aspects to leverage on during a conversation to get the support of others? The meetings are aimed at enabling participants to understand how "persuasion" can be developed by experiencing techniques aimed at obtaining the consent of others.

Contents:

  • Persuasion: how it is expressed and its impact on performance
  • The neurophysiology of persuasion
  • Techniques to obtain the consensus and the support of others

The Pill "Persuasion" consists of two meetings that will be held:

  • Tuesday 06/11/18, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno
  • Tuesday 13/11/18, 14.30-18.00, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno

The participation to both meetings is required in order to obtain the certificate of participation.

The participation is reserved to 30 students enrolled in master's degrees.

4) Stress Management and Self-control

Do you feel yourself overwhelmed because of stress? When you face stress you don’t control your reactions adequately? Would you like to be able to stay calm when your responsibilites or roles commits you completely? The seminar is aimed at developing the capability to understand the sources of stress and to practice a set of strategies to manage and transform its effects.

Contents:

  • Understanding stress and its sources
  • The neurophysiology of stress
  • How to transform stress: strategies and tools to improve our strength and persistence in managing stressful situations
  • Self-control: tools to control your reactions in stressful situations

The Pill “Stress Management and Self-control” consists of two meetings that will be held:

  • Tuesday 27/11/18, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno
  • Tuesday 04/11/18, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno

The participation to both meetings is required in order to obtain the certificate of participation.

Deadline for online enrolment: September 19, 2018. The participation is reserved to 30 students enrolled in Master's degrees.

5) Achievement Orientation

When you fix a goal, can you attain it? Are you encouraged to challenge yourself and to find new ways of improving yourself? When you face an obstacle, do you easily give up or do you look for ways to overcome it? The seminar is designed to develop in the participants the ability to pursue, consistently and with determination, their own professional or personal goals, including the change of individual attitudes.

Contents:

  • What is achievement orientation and willpower
  • The neurological dimension of perseverance: how to resist to temptations
  • How to develop the control of your own actions to reach a goal

The Pill “Achievement Orientation” consists of two meetings that will be held:

  • Tuesday 05/02/19, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Palazzo Moro, Aula 0D
  • Tuesday 12/02/19, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno

The participation to both meetings is required in order to obtain the certificate of participation.

Deadline for enrolment13/01/2019. The participation is reserved to 30 students enrolled in Master's degrees.

6) Teamworking

How do you work as a team member? On which aspects can you leverage to carry out a group activity effectively? What are the phases and dynamics behind teamwork? The seminar is aimed at developing participants' ability to analyze relational dynamics and effectively manage their work in a team.

Contents:

  • knowing what team work is, its phases and mechanisms
  • the neurophysiological dimension of teamwork
  • how to work with others: the elements needed and their application; experimentation of techniques for group management

The Pill "Teamworking" consists of two meetings that will be held:

  • Tuesday 26/2/2019, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno
  • Tuesday 5/3/2019, 14.30-18.00, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno

The participation to both meetings is required in order to obtain the certificate of participation.

Deadline for online enrolment: Febbruary 20, 2019. The participation is reserved to 40 students enrolled in master's degrees.

7) Communication

Have you ever presented a project in front of an audience and forget what to say? When you present a report, can you convey all the information in a clear and fluid manner? Can you transmit confidence and competence? At the end of the presentation, can you comprehend if you have captured the audience’s attention and to clearly transfer your message?
The seminar aims to make participants aware of the importance of being able to communicate effectively and acquire some fundamental techniques, both for personal and professional context.

Contents:

  • Communication: its elements and the communication process
  • Neurophysiology of communication and language
  • The three types of communication: verbal, non-verbal, paraverbal communication
  • Techniques and tools for an effective communication

The Pill “Communication” consists of two meetings that will be held:

  • Tuesday 26/03/2019, 4.30 pm - 18.00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno
  • Tuesday 02/04/2019, 4.30 pm - 18.00 pm, San Giobbe, Aula Saraceno

The participation to both meetings is required in order to obtain the certificate of participation.

Deadline for enrolment: March 21, 2019. The participation is reserved to 30 students enrolled in Master's degrees.


Earn Open Badge with CFCC

What is an Open Badge?

Open Badge (OBI - Open Badges Infrastructure) is an open technical standard, developed by Mozilla Foundation, and adopted by more than fourteen thousand organizations around the world in order to identify, recognize, gather and narrate the competencies of people.

Each Open Badge is associated with an image which embeds metadata about the skill that the badge represents, the recipient to whom the badge has been issued, how the skill has been assessed, the institutions that assessed it (in this specific case Ca’ Foscari University of Venice for the open badge earnt by the participants of the learning activities offered by the Ca’ Foscary Competency Centre).

In Italy, Open Badges that comply with the standard defined by Mozilla are issued by BERST.

How can they be displayed?

Open Badges can be included in the digital curriculum vitae to recognize your competencies and can be shared across the web, for instance through Linkedin, in order to display your own competency portfolio.

How can they be earnt?

Attending 2 Pills on Emotional competencies (among: Achievement Orientation, Stress management and self-control, Adaptability) e 2 Pills on Social competencies (among: Empathy, Persuasion, Teamworking, Communication, Leadership) you earn the Open Badge “Soft Skills: Emotional and Social Competencies”.

Last update: 28/10/2019