Project 2

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Project 2: Basic Competencies


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Imagine yourself as the boss or the owner of a company. What basic skills would you look for in your employees? What are the characteristics of a valuable employee? Workplace skills and attributes are called Basic Competencies in Career and Technology Studies.


Practising and refining your basic competency skills on a daily basis will help you be more productive and successful in every task you undertake, whether at school, at work, or in your personal life. Basic competencies are the soft skills employers value in their employees, what group members value in their peers, and skills that give you a sense of pride and satisfaction in your work.


soft skill: a person’s personality, social refinement, language skills, or personal and/or work habits that contributes to efficient and successful productivity







In this project you will examine the basic competencies and how they relate to your success in this course.


What is required to complete this project?


To complete this project, you will need the following:

  • Basic Competencies Rubric
  • a friend or family member to converse with
  • materials (digital or non-digital) to create a brief presentation

What do I already know?


All people, to some degree, have basic competency skills. Existing skills can improve with time and experience, and you can always learn new skills that improve soft skills. People who are successful often possess a variety of soft skills in the workplace. It has been argued that the mastery of basic competency skills contributes to the degree of success individuals attain.


You may have already completed another CTS course where you learned about and practised applying basic competencies. If this is the case, now is a good time for you to review the Basic Competencies Rubric and set new goals for improving your skills in different areas. Check with your teacher about how to proceed for this part of the course.


What do I need to do?

  • brainstorm with a partner (Your partner can be a friend or family member.)
  • compare ideas
  • provide real-world, personal examples
  • apply and practise the skills