Life Skills TP

Doing well today requires more than just having the skills and knowledge you need in your chosen field. You need more. You need Life Skills that will help you do better as students, and later, as employees.

All TP students go through a set of subjects called TP Fundamentals (TPFun). These will give you a good head start in life by training you in useful skills such as effective communication, leadership, innovation, creativity, critical thinking, as well as health and wellness – all so that you get to achieve your full potential. Best of all, these life skills are highly valued by employers and businesses the world over.

Here’s the list of TPFun subjects that you’ll get a chance to study at TP:

You may already have a dream career in mind, but is it really what you are interested in doing for the rest of your working life? This subject helps you examine your own values and personality, and explore your career interests so that you can achieve your personal goals and succeed in your careers.

Did you know that you need to manage your own career? In fact, developing your career management skills will help you succeed in the workplace. This subject will look at how you can conduct yourself professionally, be adaptable and respond to the changing job market environment.

Do you feel that there's so much information out there that it is difficult to tell what is true and what is not? This subject will bring you into the world of information literacy, where you will learn to ask the right questions, conduct research and properly discuss local and global issues in order to find out what the truth is, so you can make objective and logical decisions. 

It is often easy to find yourself on the outs with others just because you read, heard, said or wrote something that was quite clear to you, but turned out to be rather confusing to others. To reduce the instances of confusion or misunderstanding amongst your friends and colleagues, this subject will introduce you to various strategies of communication, appropriate vocabulary, language features, tone and style, including how to use visual aids to support your points.

When you apply for jobs, what is going to make you stand out from others? Do you project the right image in presenting yourself, and in your writing and speech when you go to work? This subject will expose you to professional communication skills for the workplace, including proper etiquette for online communication tools like Zoom or MSTeams. You will also learn how to conduct an effective job search as well as tips on writing effective resumes and interview skills.

Do you have novel ideas about what you want to do when you graduate? Or even while you're studying? This subject introduces you to the Design Thinking framework, so that you can develop problem statements, ideate and propose solutions to the problems you've always been thinking about solving. This is your chance to become a successful and innovative business creator.

Anybody can tell others what to do, but what does leadership really mean? This subject helps you explore the basics of leading teams, whether in school or later on, in your career. To lead others, you need to be aware of yourself and what your own values, strengths and weaknesses are. You will learn to listen to understand, to have a vision of your outcomes and to collaborate with others so that you can effectively lead a team.

Embark on your service learning journey and put your what you learned in LEADFUN to good use. By analysing the needs of the community and reflecting on what you have learned, you will work with other students and community partners to create viable solutions to problems faced by the community. This is a chance for you to use the skills you learned in your respective diplomas, to showcase your leadership and abilities in dealing with real world problems.

Sports and wellness are not just about winning medals or improving your times. It is about being fit and exploring new challenges. This subject will allow you to take part in practical sessions where you can develop both physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. You will also get to work and play with other students through practice sessions and mini-competitions, as well as explore health-related topics including diet, nutrition, stress and weight management.

No one can deny that we live in a hyper-connected world today. But what does it mean to be a global citizen? What do people do in other countries, other cultures? This subject explores the various elements of culture and tools for cross-cultural communication, to help you become a citizen of the world, able to live and work meaningfully in the global community.

The workforce you will graduate into will be very different from your own experiences in school. Today's workforce is more diverse, and workplaces are more inclusive. What does this mean for you? This subject explores the relationship between identity and diversity, the benefits and challenges of diversity and strategies to promote inclusion at the workplace. The topics you will examine include nationality, generation, ethnicity and gender.

What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen? What part can you play to make communities across the world more equal and sustainable? This subject will show you how sustainable solutions can support community development, and guide you to execute and assess a community action plan that addresses the needs of a specific community/cause.

What do you understand about your own culture and heritage? How about the cultures and heritage of different communities across the world? This subject introduces you to global and local cultures through everyday objects, places and human behaviours, all seen through different times and spaces. You will get to explore issues and challenges in sustaining culture and heritage in community, national and global contexts.

Learning the skills and knowledge within your own course may still leave you curious about other fields or areas of inquiry. This subject gives you the opportunity to learn about something other than what's in your diploma course, and the best part is that you can determine just what you want to learn and how you want to demonstrate your learning. You will learn to be self-directed and to set outcomes for yourself.
* Students must choose either Guided Learning or one of the three Global Studies 2 electives.

The Student Internship Programme (SIP) is where it gets real – at the workplace! This subject will put to the test what you have learned in your diploma course. You will intern at a local host organisationrelevant to your training, get immersed in real work and solve problems posed by real-life challenges. You may also be get the option to take on an overseas SIP (OSIP) where you get to experience working with an organisation overseas.
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