Monday morning started in Arcada’s simulation center, where students in the study module My Future Work Life 1 experienced learning in a different environment than usual. The brand new study module is open for all students in all programmes, however it just so happens that the participants this first time are all engineering students. This was one workshop out of five, and the topic was communication, verbal as well as non-verbal; how to connect with people and build relations.
After a short introduction by teachers Jessica Silfver and Tove Werner, and a tour in the simulation rooms and control rooms, the students got the chance to simulate a job interview. The case was an interview for a job at Wärtsilä. The students got some time to prepare and get some information about Wärtsilä, their vision and values, before two students simulated the situation while the rest was watching in the room next door. Afterwards, students discussed what they had observed watching the screen and how they had experienced the set up in the simulation room. They all found the simulation to be an effective pedagogical method since it felt very realistic.
My Future Worklife 1 is one of the outcomes within the Työpeda project. It’s a study module worth 15 ECTS and it started out as a pilot a couple of weeks ago. The structure of the module is participation either in a Demola project or in the Intelligence Hunt contest managed by the maritime business platform Seafocus. There is also a course in Service Design with the aim to give students the understanding of Service Design thinking. Furthermore there are five workshops on different worklife related topics.
The competence goal is to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, working life competencies and professional knowledge. The students strengthen their own professional identity to ensure their future employability.
After having completed My Future Worklife 1 you may sign up for My Future Worklife 2.
More info about the Työpeda project here:
https://www.tyopeda.fi/ (External link)