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How can you use theater methods to develop your business skills?

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Article by FO – Aarhus

What skills could increase your chances of getting the job you want? And how can you train these skills?

These are some of the questions we are trying to answer in the EU project EntreTheatre. The project is supported by the EU’s Erasmus+ and runs until 2023.

The project has been developed by 7 organizations from Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Denmark, Spain, which have expertise in performing arts, entrepreneurship, and adult education.

In the project, we look at which entrepreneurship skills are the most important ones to master to get a job, or to be able to start your own business. Next, we will involve some skilled theater professionals who will help develop a set of exercises that can train these skills.

Firstly, we have selected the competencies we would like to work with.

Which Competencies are important?

As a starting point, we have chosen 2 EU reports, both of which focuses on important skills: EntreComp and LifeComp. EntreComp deals with skills that are important in relation to being a competent self-employed person, or a skilled employee. LifeComp is about the skills can help you achieve success in your own life.

We decided to make a comparison between the two lists and find the skills that are present in both lists. The reasoning behind this is that skills that can provide good results in both work life and private life must be extra good to master.

We have planned to do exercises for 6 of the skills, but which of them are the most important ones?

Selection of competencies

To find the most important skills, all the partners conducted interviews with 2 experts in the fields of entrepreneurship and employment as well as 2 experts with experience in theater education. In addition, interviews were conducted with focus groups in all countries. The focus groups consisted of people who were outside the labor market and who wanted to have their skills upgraded.

The employment experts and focus groups were asked which skills they thought were the most important to master, and the theater people were asked which skills they thought were best suited to train using theater methods.

At a meeting of the partner group, the following 6 main skills were selected.

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Coping with uncertainty
  3. Working with others
  4. Taking initiative
  5. Spotting opportunities
  6. Perseverance and motivation

Development of learning material

The next task in the project is to develop several theater methods that can be used to train these skills and to get them tested in practice.

During the autumn of 2021, the partners will develop 2 exercises for each of the chosen skills, and these will then be put together into a teaching material that can be used to help young people to be able to get and keep a job.

Inspiration at the Partner Meeting

At the partner meeting held in Valencia in September 2021, the Italian partner l’Albero did an exciting exercise that inspired us all.

Using our mobile phones and WhatsApp messenger, we were guided through a game where everyone had to be explorers on our own small expedition.

We were instructed by the game master through messages and had to read them and perform the tasks that were asked. At one point, we had to go out on the streets for ourselves, and tell stories, and share pictures and audio files with each other. During the game, the tasks became more and more personal, but also more fun to perform. The barriers we felt at first gradually fell away, and eventually we were asked to go to a stranger and ask them a question. It seemed scary but because we had already practiced for ourselves, everyone managed to come home with a greeting from a stranger in a foreign land. It was a good exercise, and it can certainly be used in some form when we are going to develop the teaching material.

If you want to know more about the project, you can find more information at www.entretheatre.eu or at https://www.facebook.com/EntreTheatre

 

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