Collection of Good Practices for Emotional Intelligence and Youth Unemployment

Based on statistics at both European and national level, unemployment levels, especially among young people, are soaring. This is certainly due to the global economic crisis, but not only that.

Lack of expertise in specific fields, saturation in various occupations, rapid growth rates, and increased demands are also very important factors in increasing unemployment, especially among young people.

The European program,Emotion to Motion-Emotional Intelligence Skills Development to Foster Youth Employability, is also trying to examine a factor that we often consider insignificant, but is, ultimately very important.

Emotional intelligence is the ability of individuals to recognize their own feeling as well as the feelings of others. Our emotional state directly affects not only our daily routine but also our interpersonal relationships and work performance as well as many others things.

The first project deliverable was a research aimed at identifying problems related to emotional intelligence in a sample of young people who work, as well as in a sample of unemployed young people. The main objectives of the research were to identify issues related to the perception of workplace feelings and to any training related to skills development and emotional intelligence development.

The results of this survey show that although most people could recognize and manage their feelings, understanding how important a role they play in their work, they found it quite difficult to perceive the feelings of their colleagues.

In the case of unemployed individuals, the results were slightly different. The answers showed that while most of them could recognize their feelings, it was more difficult to understand issues related to emotional intelligence and the potential requirements that a boss or a senior executive might have.

The website of the European project “Emotion to Motion-Emotional Intelligence Skills Development for Fostering Youth Employability” has been successfully completed.

The site contains a description of the project and its key implementation goals, partner organization profiles, and all program deliverables as well as related articles and news on emotional intelligence.

It also includes the project’s online learning platform, which hosts the educational material created within the project, available in seven languages!

Access to the platform is open to all people regardless of age or nationality and gives each individual user the option to choose, the language they want to attend the lessons.

Practical exercises, as well as assessment questionnaires to the educational material, are available, to better understand the lessons.

The platform is at a final testing stage. Upon completion, it will be freely available on our website.

In the framework of the European project Emotion to Motion-Emotional Intelligence Skills Development to Foster Youth Employability and as a second project deliverable, an electronic collection of good practices on the use of emotional intelligence and youth work has been developed.

The basic need to create such a collection is to give interested people a basis of acquaintance with the term emotional intelligence, but also to present practices that have been implemented for the use of the emotional intelligence either in the workplace or in our everyday life.

Good practices from all partner countries with a variety of perceptions and actions on this issue.

The collection will be available on the Institute’s website soon.

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Julia Bachousi
Senior Project Manager

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