Translate Your Vision and Explore Competencies

Now it’s time to define the competencies required to succeed according to your vision.

You can learn about the competencies required to succeed from other people. If your vision is to take on a role that is different from your current job, talk with your manager, colleagues, friends or others who have a role that is similar to or matches your interests. Ask about the job-specific and core competencies that helped them get where they are. This is called “informational interviewing.”

There are resources at the end of this section to help you prepare for a successful informational interview.

To develop within your current position, explore the job-specific and core competencies that define success for you right now. To discover these competencies, look at your most recent performance review. If you’re not sure how to translate your performance evaluation into a set of competencies for your job, ask your manager about it, or simply observe colleagues who you think are good role models for the job.

Record the job-specific and core competencies that you have learned are necessary to succeed in your vision in the Identifying Core Competencies worksheet on Page 4 of your workbook.