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Sustainable Competencies and Career Competencies: How to Put the Individual in the Driver’s Seat?

  • Ans De Vos
  • Jean-Marie Dujardin
  • Tim Gielens
  • Caroline Meyers
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Abstract

In the current career context the individual has to play a focal role in his or her own career. It is important therefore to address the competencies that are essential for sustainable careers. This chapter focuses on the individual’s career capital (his or her “backpack” of competencies), made of technical competencies, transversal competencies and career competencies. The concepts of career competencies and metacompetencies are described and the importance of developing them is highlighted through the image of the “career GPS”.

The different types of learning (formal, non-formal, informal) are presented, as well as the two dimensions of learning in time and space: lifelong learning and life-wide learning. We also address ways to build sustainable competencies and a sustainable competencies capital (through updating, developing, transferring, activating and reactivating the competencies) as well as resources to develop the learning capacity through reflexivity and metacognition.

Keywords

Competencies capital Career capital Sustainable competencies Career competencies Metacompetency Formal learning Non-formal learning Informal learning Portfolio of competencies Lifelong learning Lifewide learning Learning capacity Reflexivity Metacognition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ans De Vos
    • 1
  • Jean-Marie Dujardin
    • 2
  • Tim Gielens
    • 3
  • Caroline Meyers
    • 4
  1. 1.Antwerp Management School and University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.HEC-Management SchoolUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  3. 3.Antwerp Management SchoolAntwerpBelgium
  4. 4.ESF FlandersBrusselsBelgium

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