“Competence frameworks for a changing world: The Greek “Life / Career Competences Framework” case”
Katerina Argyropoulou, Antonia Samara, Nikolaos Mouratoglou, Aspasia Karavia & Nelly Mpelki
Pages 108 – 129
The paper is focused on soft competencies as a means for career development and flexibility and wellbeing in life. It explores international competence frameworks and attempts to present the Life/Career Competencies Framework, conducted by the Greek National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) and the Department of Educational Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. We examine the matter of competencies development as part of the current discourse and policies of international organizations and national states and proceed on focusing on soft skills and competencies as part of career development. Finally we focus on the aforementioned Framework and present its orientation
and its structure. The competencies in the Framework are structured in three areas, namely the area of self development (me), the area of the person’s social interaction (me and the others), and the area of future orientation of oneself in relation to their social environment (me, the others and the future). In these areas, the Framework suggests five wide life/career competencies: (1) emotional intelligence and (2) learning how to learn in the first area, (3) communication and (4) seeking and analysing learning and career opportunities in
the second area, and (5) career planning and decision making in the third area. One of the primary aims of the Framework is to connect these competencies with specific learning outcomes. The outcomes can be assessed with the use of qualitative and quantitative assessment tools, and can be further developed with proposed activities. Finally, we also examine the self assessment questionnaire proposed by the framework, not only in terms of an assessment mechanism, but as a means of further developing the above competencies through the use of qualitative self evaluation..