Career Skills Framework

Fundamental competences

Descriptors

Levels of proficiency

A Basic

 

Prepares the individual for achieving competences to the highest level of which they are capable.

 

B Advanced

 

Continues to develop individual’s competences to find information and make plans and apply them in learning, life and work.

C Proficient

 

Supports individual to stay employable and be able to adapt and manage independently transitions in work, training or further learning opportunities.

Self-awareness

 

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Understanding and developing oneself.
  • Building realistic self-image and healthy self-esteem, mindfulness, reflectivity
  • Changing and growing throughout life.
  • Reflecting on needs, aspirations in the short, medium and long term.
  • Describing one’s knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that have been developed through learning, life and work experiences, including cultural and community activities and contributions.
  • Describing how these can be applied into life and transition plans.

I am able to manage my own feelings and behaviours, including body language

 

I am able to identify external influences on feelings, behaviour & attitudes.

 

I am able to assess how I am changing and to match my skills, interests and values to requirements and opportunities in learning and work.

I am able to identify and describe my personal qualities, strengths, interests, attitudes and how they influence behaviour.

 

I am able to assess how personal qualities, behaviour, self-belief and expectations are influencing education, career goals & life choices.

I am able to change my behaviour & attitudes to enhance and maintain self-esteem & a positive self-concept.

 

I am able to identify elements of a positive self-concept..

I am able to build a positive self-concept and understand its influence on life and work.

I am able to adopt behaviours & attitudes that will help set and accomplish personal and career goals.

Labour market awareness

 

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Finding and evaluating information that supports career development.
  • Finding information about future job trends, future jobs and the skills they will require.
  • Understanding the changing nature of life, career and work roles.
  • Being aware of the importance of career-related information from reliable, up-to-date and accurate sources.
  • Understanding the relationship between work, society and the economy.

I can able Identify how to access career related information.

I am able to identify how I am selecting and using career information my career decisions.

I am able to critically interpret and analyse the impact of current education, training and work trends on life, learning, transition and my career plans.

I am able to describe different work roles and conditions. 

I am able to explore differences between career areas & requirements for working in different fields and employment conditions i.e. part/full-time, volunteering, entrepreneurship.

I able to understand how changes in society, politics and the economy relate to my life, learning and work.

I am able to explore the gendered life and work options.

I am able to understand the nature of gendered life and work roles.

I able judge on   gender bias and stereotypes and seek to eliminate them in my career planning.

Employability

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Having Skills and experience  that enable individuals to get jobs and sustain themselves in employment
  • Exploring different career/occupational search tools & resources
  • Understanding that skills and experiences are transferable to various work settings
  • Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility  in variety of situations
  • Using  of all the resources available to independently secure next steps in transitions
  • Developing a coherent and robust marketable identity in order to maximise one’s potential.

I am able to recognise personal qualities & attitudes required for working life.

I am able to show that I am continuing to develop the qualities and skills I will need to improve my employability.

I am able to explain how I am developing my employability to meet my own expectations and the expectations of employers and co-workers

I am able to relate my knowledge, skills and interests to different career areas.

I am able to identify transferable skills & identify career areas that these apply to.

I am able to demonstrate the employability skills necessary to secure & stay in work.

I know how to prepare and present myself well when going through a selection process.

I know my rights and responsibilities in a selection process and can apply different strategies to improve my chances of being chosen.

I know how to prepare for, perform well and learn from participating in selection processes.

Career planning

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Developing and managing one’s career, decision making, goal setting, developing a career vision, organisation skills.
  • Understanding the career decision-making process & the importance of making informed decisions.
  • Describing how attitudes & motivation can affect career planning & decision- making.
  • Setting long-, medium- and short-term goals.
  • Defining priorities and action plans.
  • Readiness to review opinions and course of action in the face of new evidence.

 

I am able to recognise the importance of learning for achieving educational and career goals.

I am able to recognise the link between subjects and extra-curricular activities & different career paths.

I am able to choose subjects and educational options in line with further training & chosen career paths.

I am able to assess and describe my professional strengths and competences.

I am able to make a career plan that supports my goals.

I am able to implement my career plans and decisions.

I am able to identify job opportunities, which could be suitable for me.

I am able to show how to make plans and take informed decisions including how to solve problems and deal appropriately with influences on.

I am able to reflect objectively on my career plans and decisions and to adapt them in accordance to my needs.

Resilience

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Nurturing optimism, hope, resilience, self-efficacy and a sense of purpose to support learning and action.
  • Strength to cope with uncertainty and stress; flexibility and openness to change, career transition skills (change management), work-life integration.
  • Balancing life, learning and work roles.
  • Believing in one’s  ability to influence the course of events, despite uncertainty, setbacks and temporary failures.
  • Being aware how to cope with life changes and transitions, partly gained from reflecting on previous moves.
  • Talking positively how to look after oneself and make things happen.
  • Being able to learn when things do not go well or as expected.
  • Optimism to maximise benefits from unplanned events.

I am positive, flexible and well prepared at transition points in my life.

 

I am able to review and reflect on previous transitions to help me improve my preparation for future moves in education, training and employment.

I am able to show how to develop and use strategies, which will help me to deal with the challenges of managing my career transitions.

I remain positive when facing setbacks.

I am able to explain how I use positive versions of my own story to manage my wellbeing, progress and achievement.

 

I am able to explain how my positive traits, behaviours, and actions have contributed for my progress, achievements and wellbeing.

I am able to tell positive stories about my wellbeing, progress and achievement.

I am able to develop abilities for maintaining a positive self-concept.

I am able to manage the changes I encounter in my studies, work or other aspects of my life.

Curiosity and inquisitiveness

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Understanding that learning is a lifelong process that requires openness, curiosity and determination.
  • Being open and willing to learn and develop oneself further.
  • Understanding that there is a variety of learning and work opportunities which are open for individuals
  • Knowing how to apply effective continuing learning ability.
  • Being able to identify and seize opportunities to create value by exploring the social, cultural and economic landscape.
  • Identifying needs and challenges that need to be met.

I am aware of the importance of ongoing learning and development for one's meaningful life and career.

I am able to give examples of how being open and willing to learn supports career development.

I am able to identify the benefits and outcomes, which come from new knowledge, and ideas for my personal and career development and I take advantage of them.

I am able to explore opportunities as they come to my way.

I am able to take advantage of opportunities as they come to my way.

 

I am able to identify and combine resources to create new valuable opportunities.

I am able to identify opportunities for further learning, training & employment.

 

I am able to research training and employment options including information about the best progression pathways through to specific goals.

I am able to identify the most suitable and effective ways to achieve my learning and career goals. 

Problem solving and critical thinking

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Analysis and assessment of information and arguments to support reasoned conclusions and develop innovative solutions.
  • Continuously applying newly obtained knowledge and information to reflect on problems from different perspectives, so that effectively solve them.
  • Recognising the potential an idea has for creating value and identify suitable ways of making the most out of it.
  • Reflecting on how sustainable long-term social, cultural and economic goals are chosen.
  • Awareness of potential biases in the data and one’s personal limitations, while collecting valid and reliable information and ideas from diverse and reputable sources.
  • Comparing, analysing, assessing, and synthesising data, information, ideas, and media messages in view of drawing logical conclusions.
  • Ability to develop creative ideas, synthesising and combining concepts and information from different sources in view of solving problems.

I am able to find support and assistance when problems occur in my career.

I am able to look for arguments and evidence to make my own conclusions about things.

I am able to solve most of the more frequent problems that arise in my career.

I am aware what information and data can be useful to me in solving problems.

I am able to find relevant information and data and know how to use it in solving problems.

I am able to recognise whether the information and data I have searched for is trustworthy.

I am able to understand how my arguments and thoughts are constructed.

I am able to review and reflect upon I have benefitted as a learner from careers, enterprise activities and experiences.

I am able to be proactive in taking part in careers, employability and enterprise activities and experiences and assessing the benefits for me as a learner. 

Creativity

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Demonstrating innovation and inspiration  in career
  • Working towards one’s vision of the future
  • Visualising future scenarios to help guide effort and action.
  • Developing ideas and opportunities to create value, including better solutions to existing and new challenges.
  • Exploring and experimenting with innovative approaches.
  • Combining knowledge and resources to achieve valuable effects.
  • Reflecting critically on ideas and outcomes.

I am able to generate ideas that help me to achieve my goals.

 

I am able to make connections, see relationships and imagine possibilities.

I am able to reflect my career decision-making skills & consequences of making decisions.

I am able to turn my hobbies into job opportunities.

 

I am able to seek out new options through interests I have always wanted to explore.

I am able to realise potential opportunities of unplanned events.

I am able to develop a vision to turn ideas into action.

 

 

I am able to think in creative and innovative ways to explore and solve problems in different contexts.

I am able to engage in career contingency planning and move beyond my existing plan.

 

Self-employment skills

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Sense of initiative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Reflect on other people’s feedback as well as on successful and unsuccessful experiences to continue developing one’s potential.
  • Being creative and enterprising in approaching one’s career development.
  • Initiating processes that create value.
  • Taking up challenges.
  • Acting and working independently to achieve goals, stick to intentions and carry out planned task.
  • Learning about risk, effort and making the most of opportunities.
  • Assessing the consequences of ideas that bring value and the effect of entrepreneurial action on the target community, the market, society and the environment.
  • Being able to present oneself and one’s service in an advantageous way, as well as organise your time and working space.
  • Knowing how to search legal information and other support for self-employment and to be able to use this information for the self-employment process.

 

I am able to identify my top strengths.

 

I able to recognise when I am using the qualities and skills that entrepreneurs need.

I am able to review my skills in relation to what my clients are looking for.

I am able to identify people I want to work with.

 

I able to understand personal financial documents and know how to access financial support for further study and training.

I am able to show how I have developed my personal financial capacity to improve the future decisions I need to take in everyday living, further study, training and work.

I am able to show initiative and enterprise.

 

I am able to show that I can be enterprising in the way I learn, work and manage my career.

 

I am able to develop and apply enterprise qualities and skills in my approach to learning, work and career planning.

Collaboration

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Engaging in group activity and teamwork acknowledging and respecting others.
  • Being able to work in team and demonstrate multicultural awareness, tolerance and to handle job-related conflicts.
  • Understanding the importance of trust, respect for human dignity and equality, coping with conflicts and negotiating disagreements to build and sustain fair and respectful relationships.
  • Using information and relations to secure, create and maintain work.
  • Valuing equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Working together and cooperate with others to develop ideas and turn them into action.
  • Solving conflicts and face up to competition positively when necessary.

I can identify abilities for building positive relationships in life and work.

I am able to build networks to enhance career development and learning.

 

I am able to improve my abilities for building and maintaining positive relationships in life and work.

I can identify people I can co-operate and develop ideas for my future plans.

I am able to evaluate the role of significant others/community in my career development and job search.

I am able to build relationships with employers & learning providers.

I am aware that we have the same rights, duties and responsibilities when it comes to treating people fairly.

I am able to recognise and challenge stereotyping, discrimination and other barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion and know my rights and responsibilities in relation to these issues.

I am able to reflect critically on the ethical, legal and business case for equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the implications for my behaviour and others.

I can identify abilities for building positive relationships in life and work.

I am able to build networks to enhance career development and learning.

 

I am able to improve my abilities for building and maintaining positive relationships in life and work.

Communication and customer orientation

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Awareness of the need for a variety of communication strategies, language registers, and tools that are adapted to context and content.
  • Use of relevant communication strategies, domain-specific codes and tools, depending on the context and content.
  • Listening to others and engaging in conversations with confidence, assertiveness, clarity and reciprocity, both in personal and social contexts.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships that are important for one’s career.
  • Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for communication and creating documentation for one’s career.
  • Developing a range of self-presentation and marketing skills that are needed in career development throughout lives.
  • Capability to receive constructive guidance, feedback or critique regarding oneself or one’s actions without becoming discouraged .
  • Understanding and managing interactions and conversations in different socio-cultural contexts and domain-specific situations.

I can identify people around me whom I can rely on when I have questions in relation to my career.

I am able to interact confidently and well with others.

 

I am able to build and maintain professional relationships and networks.

I am able to identify my competencies in job search situations.

I am able to bring forth my competencies in job search situations.

I am able to promote myself in a way that attracts the attention of selectors and recruiters.

I am able to communicate with others using basic features of online tools.

 

I am able to use some features of online services and know the rules of online communication.

I am able to use advanced features of several online communication tools.

 

Leadership

A Basic

B Advanced

C Proficient

  • Demonstrating organisation, assertiveness and negotiation skills.
  • Looking  beyond one’s immediate social networks and use this to support career building.
  • Identifying how individuals, work, community and society interact.
  • Fair sharing of tasks, resources and responsibility within a group taking into account its specific aim; eliciting the expression of different views and adopting a systemic approach.
  • Understanding the importance of trust, respect for human dignity and equality, coping with conflicts and negotiating disagreements to build and sustain fair and respectful relationships

I am able to recognise when I need support for implementing tasks and I can find the people to assist me.

I am able to delegate tasks to other people and communicate how things should be done.

I am able to involve the right people to achieve valuable outcomes and manage the process effectively.

I am able to consider and challenge my aspirations/goals.

I am able to see relationships and imagine possibilities.

I am able to inspire and enthuse relevant stakeholders.

I am able to understand how businesses and organisations operate.

 

I am able to understand how society’s needs and functions affect the supply of goods and services.

 

I am able to understand how economic and social trends affect work and learning opportunities.

 

 

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