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The importance of being competent

marzo 31, 2021
Today, being competent in the professional field consists of knowing solve work problems and situations independently. It is not enough with the knowledge learned in the training stages (university, FP, PCPI …), it is necessary to have skills, knowledge and attitudes that allow carrying out the tasks of a profession.

To carry out an occupation, it is no longer enough to acquire technical and theoretical knowledge, it is also necessary to have a series of transversal knowledge, skills and aptitudes that can be applied to other jobs and companies and that allow to solve professional problems in an autonomous and flexible way: labor competencies.

In this newsletter you can find a report from the University of Granada that confirms that companies are more committed to skills such as leadership or motivation to select their candidates, which by studies. And this is not the only study that highlights the importance of competencies. The data in this report coincide with those presented by Nebrija Business School and the Nebrija Institute of Professional Competences, which highlights that, currently, results orientation is the most valued competence by Spanish companies.

It is not just competitions that are the focus of this newsletter. We also find other news about the labor sector, such as the Royal Decree, approved by the government, with the aim of favoring the continuity of the working life of workers. One of the most controversial points of the text is that the Government will require a minimum of 35 years of contributions to Social Security to access voluntary early retirement and 33 years of contributions in the case of forced early retirement and partial retirement.

In addition, readers will be able to discover why the percentage of the population with low educational levels has increased, thanks to a study prepared by the Center for Sociological Studies on Daily Life and Work (QUIT), of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​with the support from the Recercaixa program. In addition, the report confirms that there is a high level of overqualification It affects the employed population as a whole, but more intensely young people and immigrant workers with medium skill levels. According to the study, this pattern has intensified with the crisis, a fact that implies a progressive loss of human capital and professional skills.

Finally, we would like to take stock of our experience in the Student Orientation Service carried out during the Saló de l’Ensenyament in Barcelona by Educaweb. The main novelty for this 2013 has been the Online Orientation Service accessible from the Formació365 portal. Users used this resource to answer their questions about university studies and professional training; Inquiries have also been received on homologations of studies, baccalaureate and calls for competitive examinations.

Regarding the face-to-face orientation, it has once again been a success, guiding almost 700 people, who were advised by a team of professional educators from Educaweb. 82% of those targeted were 4th year ESO and 1st year high school students, therefore, 41% of the questions referred to university studies, 31% to vocational training and 17% to high school.