Identify Your Stage
on the Internet
By Colette Dollarhide and Dwight Moore
Contact or Visit your local school Career Center for more
Older workers in
the Baby Boomer generation provide the best resource for the small,
medium business owner in the years to come because they supply
expert manpower on a full-time, part-time or contract basis in a
variety of fields.
trend among Baby Boomers is to start their own businesses, pursuing
hobbies and even returning to school. Baby Boomers are also
interested in contractual or project work -- where they are brought
in temporarily to complete a specific task. Mid-career or older
workers should emphasize the positive attributes of their age and
Experienced workers have more
information to work with in terms of skill development over time.
This process can be translated to various forms of employment, as
referenced on the Web:
Personal Mission Statement Formulator
Identify Your SCANS
SCANS determined that workplace skills
from job-to-job and industry-to-industry consist of a core group of
foundation skills and competencies.
to the following SCANS chart
that identifies 17 Foundation Skills, numbered F1-F17, and 20
Competencies, numbered C1-C20.
Skills are basic academic
and behavioral characteristics from which to build competencies. The
three SCANS foundation skill categories were identified as Basic
Literacy Skills, Thinking Skills, and Personal Qualities.
Competencies are a combination of
skills, abilities, and knowledge needed to accomplish a specific
task; they are more closely related to what people actually do at
work. The five SCANS competencies were identified as Resources,
Information, Interpersonal, Systems, and Technology.
If you would like
to view the full text version of the SCANS document - which is over
500 pages long, you can visit
Department of Labor. (1999).
Skills and Tasks for Jobs: A SCANS Report for America 2000.
Washington, D.C.: The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Skills
developing your skills profile