Skills are learned behaviors and abilities. There are many different types of skills that are relevant to career development.
- Work Content/Technical Skills include things like our knowledge of a specific subject, procedures, equipment, or vocabulary necessary to perform a particular job. These are often expressed using nouns. For example, personal administration, financial planning, market research, etc. We tend to spend most of our time developing technical skills that we need for the actual role we are in now. That's important, but it shouldn't be our only focus.
What technical skills can you develop that would enhance your current position and/or help you expand your repertoire of necessary skills in your future career development?
- Competencies/Transferable Skills are also important to emphasize. These are general skills that are applicable in many different jobs and fields and are often expressed using verbs. For example, organize, promote, plan, coordinate, instruct, negotiate, teach, write, present, etc. We have a set of core competencies that have been identified for all staff at UCB. They can be found on the Performance Evaluation and Planning Form.
What competencies or transferable skills can you develop that would enhance your current position and/or help you expand your repertoire of necessary skills in your future career development?
- Self-Management/Personal Growth Skills are traits or personal characteristics that contribute to our performance of work and are often expressed using adjectives. For example, efficient, flexible, resourceful, diplomatic, results-oriented, etc. Developing these qualities may require learning skills in time management, assertiveness, or stress management. Or it may require overcoming self-defeating behaviors like procrastination.
What areas of self-management or personal growth would enhance your abilities to develop your career?
- Leadership Skills are important regardless of whether you are in a supervisory/managerial role or not. We all benefit from feeling more confident in our abilities to take charge of tasks, responsibilities, projects, team processes, office work flow, goal setting, decision-making, and our personal and career development.
What leadership skills do you need to develop?
The Center for Organizational and Workplace Effectiveness (COrWE) offers an experiential workshop that helps you identify your career skills and their relationship to work and career. It is called Identifying Your Vital Skills and is part of a series of Career Development Workshops. Register at the UCB Learning Center through blu.