WIK:I – What I can do through informal learning

WIK:I allows young people to collate and present their informally acquired skills. The focus is on informal learning among peers, at leisure, within their families, in sports, in their voluntary and/or honorary activities, in their hobbies, in the context of jobs, etc.

Qualified WIK:I portfolio counsellors assist the young people in systematically documenting their informal learning experiences. Starting with collecting and describing personally significant activities (“what I do”), young people are eventually able to identify and describe the skills they gained in the process (“what I can do”). The description of skills is always linked to specific activities (“I can do this because …”).

The benefit of compiling a portfolio is that young people gain an awareness of their informally acquired skills and a sense of direction for their subsequent education and career planning; above all, it empowers them when they are required to describe and present their skills (e.g. in the context of job interviews).

The principles of the WIK:I method are:

  • to focus on strengths and resources,
  • to promote empowerment and initiative,
  • to encourage self-reflection,
  • to focus on dialogue and group processes (peer learning) as well as a biographical approach to learning.

With respect to the validity of the results, the WIK:I method is a guided self-assessment for young people.


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