Know your competencies

A competence is when you can turn your knowledge into something practical. It's important you know your competencies/skills because you then can describe to others, what you can do. It also implies that you become more aware of your possibilities, and thus can make a better CV/resume.

Your skills derive from several places - from your education, an internship, your hobbies, your personality, and job/volunteering. Even though you do not have a study job, you already have some general competencies from RUC, some professional skills from your subjects and personal skills.


RUC competencies (general)

Although RUC's programs are different, there are still common features for all who have studied at RUC. It's hard to list all the skills, but below you can see examples of some of the skills you have as a RUC-graduate:

Structuring texts and arguments

Project and time management

Methodological skills

Analytical competencies

Processing and evaluation of data

Constructive feedback (written and oral)

Solution focused

Create meaning in complex structures


Professional competencies/skills

The professional competencies are the ones you acquired from your bachelor/master's degree. These are more concrete skills that enable you to solve a task. Your professional skills are more dependent on what you have studied, and it will typically derive from your courses and projects. You can look into your study regulation to get an idea of the professional skills - or you can do a couple of exercises that help you to express your skills (see below). Examples of professional skills are:

Organizational analysis

Interdisciplinary understanding and knowledge

Communications planning

Social media

Policy analysis

Facilitate changes

Labor market understanding

Laboratory experience


Personal competencies/skills

Your personal skills are important because it says something about how you work. At the same time, it also affects what type of jobs you are looking for. For example, if you are very creative, it may be a good idea to seek jobs that support you in that. Examples of personal skills are:

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Competencies from study job/volunteering/leisure time

The skills you receive from study/volunteer work are typically the most concrete ones. It can be a practical use of your professional skills - or maybe they add something new to your profile. Examples of competencies are:

SEO optimization

Manage volunteers

Arrange events

Content creation


Exercises: Know your skills

360 Evaluation
In this exercise you can either ask others or think about what they want to say. It's a good way to get rid of the modesty we usually have when talking about ourselves.

This exercise is based on situations and helps you to see which skills you have used.


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