Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
You are now ready to explore the fourth factor of your Authentic Vocation, knowledge, skills, and abilities. During your career thus far, you have developed some knowledge through schooling, further honed your natural aptitudes, and developed other skills on the job. On this worksheet you can assess how these assets fit into the most commonly sought functional areas, simply by indicating whether you have managed or supervised that function, trained others in that skill, used that skill in a “hands-on” way, or obtained education in that skill.
Functional Skill Sets
Jobs consist of a combination of functional and/or technical skill sets, with management required in many areas/jobs. You have probably used, in varying degrees, some of the skills from several of the following functional areas:
· Research and Development
· Sales and Marketing
· Corporate Communications
· Information Systems/Information Technology/Internet
· Human Resources
· Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing
On the checklists on the following pages, review each functional skill set and check each box that applies in each area:
· Management (M): supervised others in that function
· Training (T): trained others in how to do it
· Hands-on experience (H): performed the task directly
· Education (E): learned about it in school, whether or not used at work
Remember to read all sections, because your expertise overlaps from one skill set to another. But first, we look at management generically, since those skills are used in conjunction with other functional areas by those in management roles.
Note: Do not become discouraged if your knowledge, skills, and abilities fall primarily in one or two areas; your coach will help you use the results strategically in your career design.
Career coaching is an interactive process of exploring work-related issues – leading to effective action – in which the coach acts as both a catalyst and facilitator of individual and, in turn, organizational development and transformation.
Career coaches connect people with their passion, purpose, values and other critical aspects of their ideal work. They help their clients earn to manage their own careers –whether they work for themselves or for an organization.
This empowers the client as they face the typical 5-10 career changes in their life, so that they can continue to grow personally and professionally through their work. They also facilitate the client’s process of developing and implementing a job search or business start-up plan to activate the client’s Authentic Vocation™.