Competencies are the knowledge, skills and attributes you can develop in every aspect of your life. As more and more supervisors focus on competencies in the hiring process, successful candidates will be those who can communicate their competencies in their résumés and at interviews.
Not sure where to start? Check out the roadmap to the competency kit.
- Understanding competencies
- Your core competencies
- Your program‑specific competencies
- Your professional competencies
- Your cross‑cultural competencies
- Competency kit learning objectives
- Index of competency kit resources
Your professional competencies
What are professional competencies? They’re the skills, knowledge and attributes that are valued by the professional bodies connected to your future profession.
For example, if you want to become an engineer, it would be smart to have a list of competencies you’ll need to demonstrate to meet the standards of Engineers Canada, a national organization that regulates the practice of engineering in Canada. Many occupations have professional bodies or associations with their own unique competencies.
Find your professional competencies
Choose your area of study from the list below to see a list of relevant professional bodies or associations. We’ve included links to these organizations’ websites—use them to find the professional competencies valued by these groups.
Remember—these are just samples and are not comprehensive—talk to your professors and friends to learn about other related groups.
Assess your competencies
You can rate your competencies before, during and after your work and life experiences. Use the How to assess your competencies - info sheet to learn how to complete a competency assessment, and then use the Competency assessment - worksheet to:
- Document your current competencies
- Describe your competencies
These resources will help you find out where you fit on this scale:
- Beginning: You start to find opportunities to develop skills related to your competencies.
- Developing: You practice your competencies in the workplace, classroom and in daily life, and often think about how to develop your skills.
- Accomplished: You reach your competency goals and are always thinking about opportunities to use your skills.
- Exemplary: You’re a master—you completely understand your competencies and are constantly using them in all areas of your life.
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