AAU Career

What competencies do I have?

What competencies have you acquired throughout your education? And through life in general? Those can be difficult questions to answer. However, they are crucial when you need to explain en employer what you can do for them.

Therefore, we would like to help you uncover some of your competencies.

➡ Here, we will go through the different types of competencies and give you some examples to hopefully inspire you to get started on identifying your own competencies.

How do I put my competencies into words?

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    Are there different types of competencies?

    There is a lot of different types of competencies.

    We divide them into 3 different types:

    • General academic competencies
    • Professional competencies
    • Personal competencies

    Depending on when and where you will use them, your competencies might be of personal character in one place and professional at another. Creativity, for example, can be a personal competency, but when you use it in a professional context it becomes a technical one.

    The most important thing to remember is that you have to be certain of how you see the competencies that you highlight as well as how you can apply them. Therefore, you should always relate your competencies to examples of where you have made use of them.

    It is mainly for your own sake that we divide the competencies into different types. Working on the basis of categories can make it easier to find the different parts, that together make up you and your skill set.

    Take the division with a grain of salt and use it when you see fit.

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    What are general academic competencies?

    Your general academic competencies can for example be skills such as:

    • Project planning
    • Problem analysis
    • Organisation and planning of studies
    • Data collection and processing

    These are things that are not specific for your line of study, but still are very important competencies to possess.

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    What are professional competencies?

    Your professional specialist skills are the ones that relate directly to your line of study and are subject specific.

    ”Subject specific” is difficult to define because skills can be professional when they are used in a professional context. However, it might also be that you are really skilled at coding, even though it is something that you have been studying in your spare time. It is still a technical skill if it can be used in a professional setting.

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    What are personal competencies?

    Personal skills are a bit less tangible category.


    Your personal skills demonstrate something about:

    • How you act as a colleague
    • How you prefer to work
    • What drives you
    • ”Who you are”

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