One can improve his or her value by competences. It is difficult to define what competences are and for example Wikipedia has around 20 different definitions listed. All in all, competences are abilities for work and define your overall potential for dealing with a given tasks. Work can be anything from being a employee in engineering up to being your own CEO. Such work levels already depent on different competences to achieve the positions. The less competences you have, the

Competences as selling points

Work tasks are defined by the position within a company. Thus, for each position a certain amount of competences is expected of the candidate. It is unlikely that one can fulfill all the wished skills and abilities. Most job descriptions tend to draw a dream of a worker than an expected real image of what one can fulfill. You can take the depicted expectations and look how much you fit in them.  

If you use several of job descriptions of the same job, you can do a statistic of what is expected in general. You can use this data as a base for a target development driven by a gap analysis.

Gap analysis for personal development

In projects, it is quite common to estimate the efforts and necessities to reach a certain goal. And you can do a similar thing with your personal skillsets. Let us say, that you have the goal to reach a competence level that is necessary for a job position, then you have to train the competences. There are several ways to do it – either theoretically as a first step but also practically.

Unfortunately, gap analysis are quite uncommon in self-development area though they are the best tool to deal with future expectations. They can lead to a high improvement of your employability.

Competences of hobbies and private life

Most of us have a hobby. Some paint, others do martial arts and some cook. And in their own way, hobbies train us and show quite well what we can do what we cannot do so good. I can give examples here:

  1. Martial arts practitioners are usually very disciplined and focussed.
  2. Chefs are very process oriented and know a lot about tooling and scaling. They can work very intuitive and small disturbances. They tend to have a skill set for process engineers.
  3. Painters have a very good visual skillset, they can remind complex structures and draw from their memory. As well, they are very precise with their handwork.

You can benefit from your hobbies in this manner. Sure, these are all examples but they can give unexpected edges over other persons. You can try to think about what your skills and competences are that you get out of your private life and try to match them with your 

Blog entries about competences

This page is just a teaser for the more complex blog posts. If you are interested in further articles about competences, please have a look in the compenteces blog post section.