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Emotional Intelligence Program

Swinburne's Emotional Intelligence Program

Swinburne’s Student Development and Counselling team are running a program of four workshops designed to enhance students’ Emotional Intelligence and equip you with the skills and assets that are core to interpersonal, academic, and career success.

Participation includes an assessment of your personal Emotional Intelligence profile; on completion of this free program students can book to receive feedback from a qualified professional on your individual Emotional Intelligence skillset.

Register here.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence is a highly valued set of personal and interpersonal skills which can greatly impact on both academic studies and career prospects, as well as personal and relational well-being. It is the combination of your skills and abilities that enable you to accurately know your personal strengths and weaknesses, establish and maintain effective and healthy relationships, get along and work productively with others, and deal effectively and healthily with the demands and pressures of daily living.

Emotional Intelligence and personal well-being

Emotional Intelligence has been shown to be instrumental in emotion management through increasing understanding and perception of emotion states in self and others. Using this information can help to make wise decisions without becoming emotionally overwhelmed, to express emotions appropriately to reduce build-up of stress, and to gain insight into others’ perspectives to help us interact well and compassionately with others. Research has also demonstrated the links between high levels of Emotional Intelligence and ability to become more disciplined and goal-oriented in academic and career settings.

Why is Emotional Intelligence so important?

Having academic intelligence gets you hired, lacking emotional intelligence gets you fired

Given Australia’s uncertain economic outlook and employment rates, graduates face increased pressure to find and maintain employment. According to researchers, Emotional Intelligence is a very important factor in gaining and maintaining employment within some employment settings. Emotional Intelligence includes non-technical skills, abilities, and traits required to function in a specific employment environment. Emotional Intelligence is necessary to work effectively as a member of a team, to learn or acquire the technical skills necessary to perform a task, to inspire the confidence of supervisors and management, and to understand and adapt to the cultural norms of the workplace. Emotional Intelligence is regarded as an essential element that distinguishes between graduates who get employed and those who miss out.

Studies reveal that a majority of entry-level jobs require these types of social and interpersonal skills, with many employers ranking aspects of Emotional Intelligence among their most important hiring criteria. National inventories consistently find that employers list skills in communication, interpersonal relationships, and problem-solving along with personal qualities such as self-esteem and motivation as critical for workforce productivity.

Just having a good academic record is not necessarily going to get you the job. Make yourself stand out and register now!