# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Career Investigations Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

The 2019 edition of this course is still available. Click here.

2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Career Investigations (9069/18 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Exploring Career Plan Options and Possible Destinations

  1. Describe education and career terms and concepts.
  2. Explore all of the 16 career clusters.
  3. Explore career pathways and occupations of interest.
  4. Investigate a career within a pathway of interest.
  5. Explain the relationship between education/training and careers.

Discovering More about Yourself

  1. Identify personal assets.
  2. Connect the world of work to your responsibilities as a family member, student, or community member.
  3. Examine the integration of personal assets as they relate to family, school, or community activities.
  4. Relate your skills, interests, talents, and values to a career.
  5. Determine the most critical knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in today’s workplace.
  6. Complete a career interest assessment.

Developing an Academic and Career Plan

  1. Identify short-term and long-term goals.
  2. Research options associated with courses in your school division and regional center related to career interests.
  3. Apply a decision-making process to course options.
  4. Review the student academic and career plan portfolio.
  5. Create or review an academic and career plan.

Communicating on the Job

  1. Describe self-advocacy strategies.
  2. Communicate verbally and nonverbally in a professional manner.
  3. Handle (make or receive) a business-related telephone call.
  4. Compose professional written communication (e.g., email, digital files, memos, and letters).
  5. Describe the importance of active listening skills.
  6. Troubleshoot workplace problems, issues, or conflicts to find a solution.
  7. Describe the importance of inviting and responding to constructive feedback.
  8. Provide constructive praise and criticism.
  9. Respond to praise or criticism.
  10. Demonstrate public speaking skills (e.g., large group, small group).
  11. Demonstrate digital communication etiquette in professional settings.
  12. Describe the privacy issues related to online communication media.
  13. Identify privacy policies and issues related to employees using or misusing online communication media.