Personal & Professional Skills

Personal and professional skills is designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future. In this course the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations.

Other qualities the course should encourage include:

  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Resilience
  • Self-esteem
  • Academic honesty.

PPS is one of the CP’s four core components and ties together all aspects of the core, vocational and IB subjects.


The overall aims of personal and professional skills are for the students to:

  • develop as reflective and lifelong learners who can adapt to diverse situations
  • recognise personal strengths and identify ways to overcome challenges
  • be aware of and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas
  • value diversity of cultures and perspectives
  • demonstrate the ten attributes of the IB learner profile. 

Skills on Personal and Professional Skills

  • Self-appraisal
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Reflection
  • Effective Organisation
  • Numeracy and Finance
  • Managing Change
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict Strategies
  • Leadership
  • Social Awareness
  • Active Listening
  • Non-verbal cues
  • Understanding literacy
  • Digital literacy
  • Information and media literacy
  • Writing for purpose
  • Presentation skills
  • Interview skills
  • Personal context
  • Assumptions, values and attitudes
  • Social norms and behaviours
  • Language and customs
  • Perspectives
  • Commonalities and differences
  • Interactions
  • Compare and contrast
  • Analyse and synthesise
  • Evaluate
  • Imagine
  • Predict
  • Innovate
  • Practical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Implementing and adapting
  • Introduction to ethics: exploring right and wrong
  • Identifying ethical dilemmas
  • Approaches to ethical dilemmas
  • Case studies of ethical dilemmas
  • Expectations and standards of professional behaviour
  • Debates about professional ethics