What are Industry-specific Core Competencies?
They are the outcome of your industry needs analysis. These are the key elements of any career field which can make the difference between you landing in the no pile or the yes pile, they will see you develop and grow as a balanced and rounded practitioner who is setting themselves up for a solid long-term pathway.
These are non-exhaustive and have been chosen specifically because they represent the basics such as the obvious underpinning knowledge and experience, but also the non-technical skills that trip so many people up along the way like communication and networking. They have applications to all departments and career fields, but you may wish to alter them slightly to be even more specific to your domain.
Experience – Internships, mentorship, shadowing, developmental opportunities
Employment – Paid positions, full time and/or part-time
Networking – Contacts made, names, numbers, conversation log, follow-ups, mentors and support network
Qualifications – Professional qualifications
Professional Development – Industry-specific certifications, webinars, courses, study
Communication – Defined development around understanding people and yourself to communicate your message
Professional Reading – Industry-specific books, podcasts, articles
How do I periodise my career? – The concept is simple, but it is not easy. It is exactly the same as writing a 1, 3 or 5-year plan for our athletes. Just the same as our athletes might get injured, lose form, lose sponsorship or a global pandemic grinds competition to a halt. Life happens for performance practitioners. Ever experienced any of these thoughts and feelings?
- I don’t know what I want to do
- I know what I want to do, I just don’t know how to achieve it
- I have never really been taught how to work back from my goal
- I’m not sure if I should stay or go in this role
- Everyone else seems to be so much further ahead than me
- I keep getting rejections or not even contacted back and I don’t know why
The answer to one or all of these thoughts and feelings is to engage in 2 clear activities.