PRO – Professional and personal skills development is the training pathway that LIUC – Cattaneo University has designed to prepare its students to better cope with the complexity and competitiveness of today’s world of work. PRO enriches the educational offering and is intended to provide LIUC students with the practical, cognitive, meta-cognitive and social skills needed to build a solid and satisfying career path.
LIUC – Cattaneo University has been working for over 15 years on students’ soft skills, investing in the training of transversal competences, which are by definition unrelated to any specific technical know-how but rather bear on a person’s ability to interact with others and to integrate with the reference framework.
Created in 2005, the course has been constantly revised and updated. This evolution is a response to the challenge of aligning the objectives and bringing them up to date with the demands that companies, institutions, national and international forums and the scientific literature believe will have to be met by those entering the world of work.
In particular, PRO aims to develop the skills of
- learning how to learn and how to evaluate personal skills and competencies,
- critical thinking and use of language, numbers and reasoning,
- complex problem solving,
- cultivating relationships through communication and teamwork,
- adapting to change, effectively dealing with stressful situations.
In order for the development pathway to reach all LIUC students, modules are delivered as part of the syllabus teaching aimed at all students of the two Schools – Economics and Engineering – and through ad hoc laboratory activities – indoor and outdoor – intended for a more limited number of students of the two Schools and with open badges issued.
The class teaching approach is combined with action learning, which reverses the traditional training logic centred on the inductive learning method (knowledge/action/reflection) to focus rather on experiential learning consisting of the sequence action-reflection-knowledge.