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How to use this matrix
You can enter the matrix numerous ways.  If you are a first year student (e.g. early stage), you may want to only view actions and programming events relevant to the stage that you’re presently in.  Or, if you’ve identified interest in developing a particular competency, (e.g. leadership and professionalism) you may only want to look at that competency across the stages of development.  You can also use this matrix for self-assessing your skills, monitoring your progress, or creating an individual professional development plan.
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Core Competency Elements Description Actions & Programs
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Personal/professional identity
  • Self-improvement and growth – feedback
  • Wellness, work-life integration, resilience
  • Financial Literacy
  • Change management
  • Ability to critically develop interests, attitudes, abilities, skills, and values to inform decision making processes
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal understanding
  • Mentoring relationships
  • Collaboration and team-building
  • Networking
  • Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, for various audiences.
  • Ability to empathize, listen, and be sensitive to others.
  • Ability to effectively respond to advice and criticism, as well as be able to guide and provide constructive criticism.
  • Ability to contribute to groups, avoid and/or resolve conflicts, motivate others, and foster a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to build relationships with others, establish rapport.
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Academic Development (Scholarship,
Teaching & Mentorship)
  • Conceptualize research/scholarship
  • Teaching
  • Initiative
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Ability to define a research question and strategically plan an approach
  • Ability to plan a course, implement activities, and assess student learning.
  • Ability to be pro-active, self-motivated, persistent and decisive.
  • Ability to generate and test theories and seek solutions to problems.
early stage →
mid stage →
late stage →
Leadership & Professionalism
  • Professional ethics
  • Goal and milestone planning
  • Leadership of diverse teams
  • Problem solving strategies and solutions
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Ability to behave in a manner consistent with the ethical standards of a given field.
  • Ability to strategically plan and set goals and milestones.
  • Ability to lead a group, create a vision, build a sense of purpose, and motivate a group regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.
  • Ability to define a problem and devise solutions with sensitivity to the context.
  • Ability to provide constructive criticism.
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Career Development
  • Personal and professional organization/planning
  • Professional flexibility
  • Professional competitiveness
  • Ability to set goals for your personal and professional life and envision how to achieve those goals.
  • Ability to develop skills that are useful in multiple work environments.
  • Ability to develop materials and utilize resources that will make you competitive on the job market.
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