Understanding and using competencies

Competencies are the knowledge, skills and attributes you can develop in every aspect of your life. More and more employers are focusing on competencies in the hiring process.
If you know your competencies and can describe your skills effectively, you’ll have a better chance at landing the opportunities you want!

What’s a competency?

A competency is made up of three elements: a skill, knowledge and attribute:

  • A skill is about doing something well—your ability to choose and perform the right technique at the right time. It’s usually developed through training and practice. For example, you could become a skilled writer by practicing writing in a particular style. You can become skilled at being safe in the workplace by practicing techniques during classroom exercises or labs.
  • Knowledge is information you know, including theories, facts and procedures and the ability to apply this information in different situations. For example, you could have knowledge about different communication styles. You may know the key steps to plan a program or project and be well-versed in strategies for evaluating success.
  • An attribute is an inherent characteristic or quality and is often expressed through what you think, do and feel. For example, you could be known for staying positive and calm in challenging situations. You may also bring a ‘can-do’ attitude to your work (able to try new things, ask for new assignments and show initiative).

Competencies should be described in ways that are: Observable, Measurable, Linked to the workplace, academic environment and other life experiences, Transferable, Based on performance

Here you can fin a list of all the key competences for students and list of action verbs.

https://scribd.com/document/356549016/10-Core-Competencies
https://scribd.com/document/356549019/Description-of-10-Core-Competencies
https://scribd.com/document/356549018/Action-Verb-List-Infosheet

Intercultural competencies

Intercultural competencies are skills, knowledge and attributes that are valuable in culturally diverse environments.

You can use intercultural competencies abroad (during an international experience) or while working within your own country (in any workplace).

https://es.scribd.com/document/356550100/Intercultural-Competencies

Program-specific competencies

Program-specific competencies are the knowledge, skills and attributes that are valuable in your specific program area—from microbiology to mechanical engineering to music and everything in between! These competencies can help you describe your skills and experience—and demonstrate your value to employers on your résumé and in interviews.

Select your faculty and program below (or a similar one) to see a list of specific competencies you’ll gain through your program.

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https://scribd.com/document/356539017/Program-Biology
https://scribd.com/document/356539018/Program-Biomedical-Engineering
https://scribd.com/document/356539015/Program-Chem
https://scribd.com/document/356539013/Program-Childandyouthcare
https://scribd.com/document/356539016/Program-Civil-Engineering
https://scribd.com/document/356539020/Program-Commerce
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https://scribd.com/document/356539027/Program-Economics
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https://scribd.com/document/356539028/Program-Educational-Psychology
https://scribd.com/document/356539040/Program-Electrical-Engineering
https://scribd.com/document/356539033/Program-English
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https://scribd.com/document/356539037/Program-French
https://scribd.com/document/356539043/Program-Genderstudies
https://scribd.com/document/356539046/Program-Geography
https://scribd.com/document/356539047/Program-Germanic-Slavic
https://scribd.com/document/356539054/Program-Greek-Roman
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https://scribd.com/document/356539065/Program-Hispanic-Italian
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https://scribd.com/document/356539059/Program-Kinesiology
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https://scribd.com/document/356539062/Program-Leisure-Service-Admin
https://scribd.com/document/356539064/Program-Linguistics
https://scribd.com/document/356539066/Program-Ma-Community-Devt
https://scribd.com/document/356539068/Program-Ma-Public-Admin
https://scribd.com/document/356539067/Program-Math-Statistics
https://scribd.com/document/356539070/Program-Mba
https://scribd.com/document/356539071/Program-Mechanical-Engineering
https://scribd.com/document/356539072/Program-Med-Coaching
https://scribd.com/document/356539074/Program-Medievalstudies
https://scribd.com/document/356539082/Program-Music
https://scribd.com/document/356539078/Program-Nursing
https://scribd.com/document/356539079/Program-Pacific-Asian-Studies
https://scribd.com/document/356539077/Program-Philosophy
https://scribd.com/document/356539088/Program-Physical-Education
https://scribd.com/document/356539083/Program-Physics-Astronomy
https://scribd.com/document/356539084/Program-Politicalscience
https://scribd.com/document/356539093/Program-Psychology
https://scribd.com/document/356539091/Program-Religious-Studies
https://scribd.com/document/356539095/Program-Restoration-Natural-Systems
https://scribd.com/document/356539092/Program-Rhed
https://scribd.com/document/356539090/Program-Social-Work
https://scribd.com/document/356539101/Program-Sociology
https://scribd.com/document/356539097/Program-Software-Engineering
https://scribd.com/document/356539100/Program-Teachereducation
https://scribd.com/document/356539105/Program-Theatre
https://scribd.com/document/356539103/Program-Visualarts
https://scribd.com/document/356539108/Program-Writing

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