A Dose of Emotional Intelligence (EI)
In recent years, there has been increasing concern about the values and emotional health of Singaporeans, particularly in the younger generation. Displays of anger (even rage), lack of respect for fellow human beings, lack of etiquette, lack of appreciation for others, arrogance … the list goes on. Employers, while facing a tight labour situation, have lamented the lack of emotional intelligence in student interns as well as new recruits into the workforce.
As an initiative to raise the level of emotional intelligence of our students, the DTRM Year 1 students were assessed on their various EI competencies through a development test created by Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network. Ms Sue McNamara, Regional Director, Asia Pacific for Six Seconds conducted a debrief session to explain what the eight EI competencies were about, as well as what impact it might have on the students depending on which competency they were strong or weak in.
In the next three years, these Year 1 students will learn EI through experiential segments embedded in various modules in their curriculum. The end result? They can look forward to a better understanding of themselves and others, and hence, gain an advantage in life and career when they graduate from SP.
Farah Seet, 28 Jan 2014