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The Skills You Need

Our partner companies would like to know what you can offer them if they offer you their sponsorship and, potentially, employment upon completion of the program. Since Vitesse programs aim at giving you new technical, job related skills, it is your personal skills that you should emphasize in your resumé and cover letter.

According to the Conference Board of Canada, the following personal skills and attributes are most valued by Canadian companies. .Employability Skills 2000+ [pdf link]

Fundamental Skills

You will be better prepared to progress in the world of work when you can:

  • Read and understand information presented in a variety of forms (e.g., words, graphs, charts, diagrams)
  • Write and speak so others pay attention and understand listen and ask questions to understand and appreciate the points of view of others
  • Share information using a range of information and communication technologies (e.g.,voice, e-mail, computers)
  • Use relevant scientific, technological and mathematical knowledge and skills to explain or clarify ideas

Manage Information

  • Locate, gather and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems
  • Access, analyze and apply knowledge and skills from various disciplines (e.g., the arts, languages, science, technology, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities)

Use Numbers

  • decide what needs to be measured or calculated
  • observe and record data using appropriate methods, tools and technology
  • make estimates and verify calculations

Think & solve Problems

  • assess situations and identify problems
  • seek different points of view and evaluate them based on facts
  • recognize the human, interpersonal, technical, scientific and mathematical dimensions of a problem
  • identify the root cause of a problem
  • be creative and innovative in exploring possible solutions
  • readily use science, technology and mathematics as ways of think, gain and share knowledge, solve problems and make decisions
  • evaluate solutions to make recommendations or decisions
  • implement solutions
  • check to see if a solution works, and act on opportunities for improvement

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Personal Management Skills

You will be able to offer yourself greater possibilities for achievement when you can:
Demonstrate Positive Attitudes & Behaviours

  • feel good about yourselft and be confident
  • deal with people, problems and situations with honesty, integrity and personal ethics
  • recognize your own and other people's good efforts
  • take care of your personal health
  • show interest, initiative and effort

Be Responsible

  • set goals and priorities balancing work and personal life
  • plan and manage time, money and other resources to achieve goals
  • asses, weigh and manage risk
  • be accountable for your actions and the actions of your group
  • be socially responsible and contribute to your community

Be Adaptable

  • work independently or as a part of a team
  • be innovative and resourceful: identify and suggest alternative ways to achieve goals and get the job done
  • be open and respond constructively to change
  • learn from your mistakes and accept feedback
  • cope with uncertainty

Learn Continuously

  • be willing to continuously learn and grow
  • assess personal strengths and areas for development
  • set your own learning goals
  • identify and access learning sources and opportunities
  • plan for and achieve your learning goals

Work Safely

  • be aware of personal and group health and safety practices and procedures, and act in accordance with these

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Teamwork Skills

You will be better prepared to add value to the outcomes of a task, project or team when you can:
Work with Others

  • understand and work within the dynamics of a group
  • ensure that a team's purpose and objectives are clear
  • be flexible: respect, be open to and supportive of the thoughts, opinions and contributions of others in a group
  • recognize and respect peoples's diversity, individual differences and perspectives
  • accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate manner
  • contribute to a team by sharing information and expertise
  • lead or support when appropriate, motivating a group for high performance
  • understand the role of conflict in a group to reach solutions
  • manage and resove conflict when appropriate

Participate in Projects & Tasks

  • plan, design or carry out a project or task from start to finish with well-defined objectives and outcomes
  • develop a plan, seek feedback, test revise and implement
  • work agreed quality standards and specifications
  • select and use appropriate tools and technology for a task or project
  • adapt to changing requirements and information
  • continuously monitor the success of a project or task and identify ways to improve

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