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Was will das Tool?

The skill profiler supports competence management at individual level by permitting to capture, compare and visualize soft skills, and to link them with the job market.

This innovative and handy tool for soft skill management stimulates self-reflection and further development of your soft skills.

What can I do with the tool?

Assess your personal soft skills profile.

Invite your peers to comment on how they assess your soft skills.

Get graphical representations of the profile to

  • track your personal development over time
  • compare your evaluation to the evaluation of your peers
  • compare your profile to the soft skill requirements of the job market
  • find out to what job areas your profile fits best
  • identify what skills should be developed further for your dream job

print out your profile and use it for advisory services.

Who can use it?

Target Groups

  • Students of universities and universities of applied sciences UAS
  • Alumni of universities and UAS

Support Instrument for Services (e.g.)

  • Career Services
  • Continuing Education
  • Heads of study programmes

Services for

  • Alumni
  • Public

Why use the tool?

  • Get an overview of your soft skills easily
  • Find out how your soft skills are evaluated by peers
  • Keep a more objective profile out of your own evaluation and such of selected peers
  • Compare your profile with the soft skill requirements of the job market and find out where your profile is matching
  • Compare your profile with the requirements for your dream job to identify gaps and further development possibilities.
  • Output is generated with a science-based method
  • Skill profiler usage is free of charge for students.

How can you use it?

The Skill Profiler is an easy-to-use instrument. You can design your personal profile within minutes and compare it to the requirements of the job market.

You can invite peers, friends, or colleagues and ask them to create a profile for you. With their perspective you gain an outside view of somebody who knows you.

You can manage your profiles and compare them with each other or with the requirements of the job market.

The tool offer more explanations regarding soft skills criteria within the work process.

Project information

The skill profiler has been developed in cooperation between FFHS (project leader), SUPSI, FS-CH, UZH, HSLU and SWITCH.

This project has been carried out as part of the programme "AAA/SWITCH – e-Infrastructure for e-Science" lead by SWITCH, the Swiss National Research and Education Network, and was supported by funds from the State Secretariat for Education and Research and the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology.

Motivation

With the Bologna reform the significance of soft skills, also called transferable competences, social or informal skills, is increasing to a major extent.

Soft skills have become more and more important and found their way into the curricula. The significance of soft skills is also constantly increasing in the professional context.

However, there exists a "soft-skills-paradox" which describes the fact that despite its importance the willingness to survey these skills is low as the effort and the resulting benefit is seen unbalanced. The focus remains on formal education (in the sense of hard skills and practical know-how). Therefore, there is a lack of practicable instruments for making non-formally evaluated competences and job-related personal strengths visible.

The “Stellenmarkt-Monitor Schweiz” (job market monitor) of the University of Zurich is investigating the qualification requirements on the job market. The results of the Stellenmarktmonitor are made accessible for students and alumni in order to show them, which job-market segments have requirements close to the individual competency profile.

This will (concerning soft skills)

  • support the self-reflection of personal competencies,
  • give an overview over the appropriate jobs market areas,
  • detect which competencies should be developed for the dream job.

The results

  • refer to the jobs with better prospects concerning application and on-the-job success
  • can be used by advisory services for further career counselling
  • can be used by institutions of education for the definition of the learning outcomes