You have selected the type of career you want to pursue, assessed your competencies, and now you need to analyze the gaps. One way to identify gaps is to compare your assessment with the Recommended Proficiency section. Another way to assess gaps is to compare your assessment with the independent assessment. This is an important step in the process, because the outputs will be the identification of opportunities to further your growth. As you can see in the previous example, the gaps are clearly visible. On numerous occasions, the self-assessment and the independent assessment provide different ratings. Gaps also exist between the levels of “Recommended Proficiency” and “Ability”. For example, the first competency in the list pertaining to developing pricing strategies was deemed “Intermediate” on Proficiency. However, the self-assessment and the independent ratings were low on ability. This would be identified as a gap and an area for development.
We recommend starting such a discussion with a trusted friend or relative by sharing ideas on the importance of development before ability. It is crucial that you focus on one row at a time, and that you not rush through the process. You should review all of the items, and focus on disparities of perception. This is also a good process to undertake with your current manager at work, as they might be able to contribute a different perspective. The end goal is to seek agreement on each of the rankings. If agreement is reached, differences should be noted. The next step is to address ability. Again, focus on one topic at a time to facilitate and open discussion.
Focus on Two Areas:
- When your ratings vary significantly (2 points or more) from your trusted source, try to understand why.
- When importance implies that a high degree of knowledge or skill is needed, but ability indicates that improvement is needed, circle the rating.
After completion, you and your trusted source should reach agreement on those skills, knowledge, and attributes that are critical to your future success and professional development. Rank these needs on the next page, in order of importance. This will then become a priority listing for implementing the Roadmap.
Prioritizing Competency Development
On the lines below, list (from previous pages) the most important skill areas to be developed. If a pattern emerges, a broader category of needs may be entered. The list should then be ranked in order. Based on both sample assessments, a list of areas to develop has been included below, along with a preliminary order of importance. The order of importance is critical because it should guide you in developing your career roadmap based on your most important development needs.
|Development Needs: Skill, Knowledge, Ability||Order|
|Developing Marketing Strategies||6|
|Administration and Management||1|
|Generating New Ideas||3|
|Being Sensitive to Customer Problems||8|