Carnegie Mellon University

Building Competence

As you work to identify the skills and abilities associated with your career goals, you can begin to develop those competencies. A competency is defined as a demonstrable performance or behavior that is grounded in content and context. There are three components to competency, and each component is demonstrated by specific behavioral indicators:

— Cognitive Skills — This is your ability to analyze; see the importance of observations and events; think critically; analyze solutions and anticipate future events; select the best course of action and problem solve.

— Psychomotor Skills — This is your ability to perform physical tasks; utilize muscle memory to complete routine tasks; and develop skills through job training.

— Interpersonal Skills — This is your ability to work and interact with others.

Through the professional development resources available, including CompetentU, you can identify ways to support your professional growth and demonstrate your commitment to your career plan.