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Book chapter
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Reference no. BEP7176
Chapter from: "Redefining Competency Based Education: Competence for Life"
Published by: Business Expert Press
Originally published in: 2018
Revision date: 05-Oct-2018

Abstract

This chapter is excerpted from 'Redefining Competency Based Education: Competence for Life'. Redefining Competency-Based Education will provide readers with an expanded definition of career competence that is based on actual employer hiring and promotion requirements and that can be used to enhance current university curricula to better prepare students for work, and for life. Readers will learn how private sector competency models have evolved to be current best practice in human resource departments in defining criteria for use in hiring, promoting, and training talent. Current industry competency models will be contrasted with classic university models to document an academic preference for technical career preparation that historically has provided less attention to the so-called soft skills valued by the industry. These industry-valued skills include competence in areas such as communication, team, multitasking, and problem-solving. In the world of work, these are the competencies that are proven to provide significant advantage in career success. Techniques for measuring, and developing, soft skills are explained, and two examples of universities who have successfully implemented these concepts are provided. Questions for reflection will help readers review and summarize important content in each chapter.

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Abstract

This chapter is excerpted from 'Redefining Competency Based Education: Competence for Life'. Redefining Competency-Based Education will provide readers with an expanded definition of career competence that is based on actual employer hiring and promotion requirements and that can be used to enhance current university curricula to better prepare students for work, and for life. Readers will learn how private sector competency models have evolved to be current best practice in human resource departments in defining criteria for use in hiring, promoting, and training talent. Current industry competency models will be contrasted with classic university models to document an academic preference for technical career preparation that historically has provided less attention to the so-called soft skills valued by the industry. These industry-valued skills include competence in areas such as communication, team, multitasking, and problem-solving. In the world of work, these are the competencies that are proven to provide significant advantage in career success. Techniques for measuring, and developing, soft skills are explained, and two examples of universities who have successfully implemented these concepts are provided. Questions for reflection will help readers review and summarize important content in each chapter.

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