The competence profile covers the current state of your skills acquisition. It reveals the knowledge, skills and abilities that you have acquired formally and informally. Skills acquisition may have taken place within (academic) education but also outside school and university, and it implies both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
Click here for an overview of the different competences.
Professional competence comprises the skills and knowledge necessary to perform job-specific activities. This often requires context-specific knowledge as well, which you have acquired in a specific field of activity, sector or position.
Which subject-specific priorities have you set in your (academic) education? How can these priorities be demonstrated (e.g., degree program, modules attended, degree theses, specialties, further education, etc.)? What kind of sector- or position-specific knowledge do you already possess? Which practical experience have you gained so far (e.g. internships, secondary employment, voluntary work, hobbies, stays abroad, etc.)?
Methodological skills describe the cognitive and metacognitive abilities that you can apply cross-situationally in order to solve complex tasks such as the application of specific work techniques, approaches, or learning strategies.
Which methods have you acquired (e.g., computer or statistics programs, presentation, moderation or creativity techniques, project- or time-management tools, etc.)? Which languages do you master at which level? How do you approach problems?
Self-competence stands for attitudes, values and motives which influence work activity. At the same time, this competence area includes self-perception and organization skills.
What is especially important to you? How do you organize yourself? How do you manage stress? How do you deal with resistance and setbacks? How do you make decisions?
Social skills include the competences enabling you to successfully realize goals and plans in situations of social interaction. It shows itself, inter alia, in a cooperative or communicative behaviour.
Which personal experiences made in your studies or profession can you demonstrate? Do you enjoy approaching other people? How sociable are you? What would the collaboration with colleagues look like? How do you behave and which role(s) do adopt in groups? Do you want to assume responsibility for others? Which conflict behaviour is “characteristic” of you?
For some years now, the labour market has been in a state of flux: digitalization is permanently changing the job requirements. It is therefore important to acquire digital literacy if you want to assert yourself on the "labour market 4.0".
On the one hand, this implies the use of digital tools, such as specific software, but also the individual way of dealing with constant changes. Key words here are, for example, flexibility and adaptability.
The trend of wanting to be a self-employed entrepreneur has been around for years - more and more students dream of realising and pursuing their own ideas.
In oder to suceed in founding a sustainable startup, each entrepreneur has to have transversal competences. Besides professional and methodological comptences, you also need personal and social competences, e.g. essential teamwork skills and entrepreneurial spirit.
Click here for our Handout zur Gründungskompetenz (German).