What is professional fitness and mental wealth?
The world of work is changing. The rise of artificial intelligence and increased automation mean that it is the uniquely human skills that will set future graduates apart in the job market. These include soft skills, such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence and resilience, alongside practical skills, such as digital proficiency and industry connections.
We've put these skills at the heart of every one of our degrees, counting towards students' final qualifications. As evidence of these achievements, we give our students a Career Passport that'll open doors.
We call this our Professional Fitness & Mental Wealth programme. It's time to get fit for the careers of the future!
Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution."
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of East London
What our students say
Emphasis on personal development
"What's especially good about Mental Wealth is the varying topics and the emphasis on personal development, practical skills and skills for the workplace."
"The teaching of the module is brilliant, the lecturers really make the content enjoyable and creative."
A benefit to me
"At first I didn’t really understand but as time went on I felt it all came together and made sense and has been a benefit to me on my journey."
Are you confident about the future? We are!
Whatever you choose to study with us, we'll make sure that you leave equipped with both the subject knowledge and workplace skills that are essential to securing a job.
Our Professional Fitness & Mental Wealth programme sits at the heart of every course we offer and gives you a set of skills for life. That's why what we offer is no ordinary degree. Watch our video now.
Each year during your studies, you will take one Mental Wealth module. The module composition is tailored to your degree and consists of a suite of competencies:
- Individual intelligence - develop emotional, social, physical and cognitive intelligence to help you adapt.
- Digital proficiency - learn to use ICT effectively to keep up with a world dominated by new technology.
- Cultural intelligence - explore how to work effectively across cultures so you fit in wherever you work.
These skills will equip you for the future - whatever you decide to do after graduation.
The likes of Amazon Web Services have already endorsed Mental Wealth. We signed a ground-breaking collaboration with AWS in 2019. Every student has free access to AWSEducate (providing self-paced learning in cloud computing) and exclusive access to fast-track interview opportunities for jobs and internships.
To set you on the way to realising your potential, we'll also give you a Career Passport that'll open doors!
Thanks to our unique Professional Fitness & Mental Wealth programme, our graduates are equipped to thrive in your business today and help it grow tomorrow.
University of East London students are exposed to the latest in health tech, green tech and artificial intelligence. Just as importantly, they're equipped with the digital knowledge and soft skills needed to ensure they can hit the ground running from day one.
Each student will have a Career Passport where you can see their achievements for yourself.
Our graduates aren't just ordinary degree holders. They're innovative, savvy and adaptable - and ready for the challenges you face.
Our Mental Wealth programme benefits you to:
- Get our students to participate and provide you with a new perspective on your projects
- Identify future potential today and recruit from a diverse pool of local talent
- Engage and work directly with our students
- Become a co-creator of our employability and employment curriculum
- Raise your profile with our student talent by registering on Employment Hub
The world of work is a big, diverse place, and each company has unique entry requirements. Therefore, like in the real world, where your passport lets you through national borders, all our graduates receive a Career Passport that opens doors.
The Career Passport provides proof of each skill you've mastered as part of your course, mental wealth programme or through internships and placements. It is beyond a traditional CV as many of the skills are validated externally by major corporations, including Microsoft and Amazon.
For students. Our Mental Wealth programme ensures you'll gain tangible skills that employers require. Your Career Passport will open doors to the future world of work - be it an internship, work placement or that dream job.
For employers. Sure, you can find plenty of recruits with the hard skills you need, be it an engineer, nurse or project planner. But with our Career Passport, you can be sure to find someone who is a critical thinker, emotional analyser and problem solver who will help your business to thrive!
Coal powered yesterday. Communication technology powers today.
The first great breakthrough for changing the nature of work came in the 18th century. Steam power produced by coal and mechanisation enabled huge advances in human productivity. This is known as the First Industrial Revolution. It impacted almost every aspect of daily life from housing to travel.
The next leap forward came in the 19th century through the application of electricity and assembly line production. This was followed in the 1970s by the Third Industrial Revolution: partial automation using memory-programmable controls and computers.
We are now in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as 'Industry 4.0' and characterised by the application of communication and information technologies to industry. This leads to 'cyber-physical production systems' and smart, nearly autonomous factories. The growth of artificial intelligence, the internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing will all also have a huge impact on the world of work.
Jobs that can be better done by machines will decline - in Industry 4.0 you need to be more human than ever to thrive. Today critical thinking, emotional intelligence and resilience are king.
At the University of East London we've embedded these future-proofed tools at the heart of every one of our degrees – from accounting to tourism – counting towards the final qualification. We call this our Professional Fitness & Mental Wealth programme. It's part of our vision to be pioneers of future careers and sustainable innovation for a changing world.
Whether you're a future graduate or a prospective employer, Mental Wealth will enable you to reimagine your tomorrow today.
We cannot teach our kids to compete with machines. We have to teach something unique. These are the soft skills to make sure humans are different from machines."
Co-Founder of Alibaba
Here's a selection of research on the future of work and how it will impact all of us.
- Creating future professionals
- Solving future skills challenges (Universities UK)
- The future of jobs report (2020) - World Economic Forum
- Digital skills for tomorrow's world
- Which occupations are at highest risk of being automated? (ONS)
- Will robots really steal our jobs? (PWC)
- The factory of the future? (KPMG)