We learned what UMJ is, a tool for working with young people, and how to use it.
We participated in the conference “Working with young people!” organized by the O.A.ZA Association via Skype, and through which it presented the UMJ (Understanding My Journey) tool to the participants.
The goal of the UMJ tool is to support young people in developing and mapping personal skills – transferable skills that complement technical and academic skills. The UMJ tool uses a travel metaphor to engage young people in the process and encourage them to think of each personal skill as a mountaineering adventure – a steep but fulfilling climb – the moment they reach the top and see the distance they have traveled. The travel process can be traversed through a printed manual and through an interactive online application, and focuses on developing the following eight personal skills:
- POSITIVE ATTITUDE
- TIME AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT
- WORK ETHICS
- PROBLEM SOLVING AND ANALYTICAL TRAINING
The interactive internet application has the symbolic name “Skillmount” and can be found here.