Acquiring and developing skills is quite a complex topic. It depends on your innate skills and on how motivated you are at that moment. Equally significant are your capabilities, the needs of your close environment, and the complexity of the skill itself.
To simplify the topic, in TalentBoost we came up with the skill assessment scale that illustrates the learning process in subsequent steps. Read about these steps below:
CLEAN SLATE - No competence in the area.
The first step is to realize that you don’t possess a specific skill and that there is a need for you to acquire it. This state can be compared to the “blank page”. A very important aspect at the beginning of the adventure with learning something is an appropriate amount of motivation. It makes the whole process much easier!
BASIC - The ability to complete tasks under full supervision.
The next step is to gain knowledge. Focus on acquiring good quality information about the skill - theory, procedures, cases, and examples. Use only reliable sources of knowledge. At this stage, you will be able to gain readiness to perform simple tasks under full supervision. It’s important to have someone who can direct you and support you. Feedback (positive and corrective) plays an equally significant role and allows you to develop experience.
INTERMEDIATE - The ability to complete standard tasks on one’s own, supervision in non-standard scenarios is required.
You are becoming more and more self-confident. Basic tasks are getting easier and you don’t need supervision in this area. However, more difficult or completely new assignments still require support. This level starts at 50% and ends at 70% of the required knowledge to become an expert.
ADVANCED - The ability to complete all tasks unassisted, no supervision required in standard scenarios.
At this level, you can deal with the majority of the assignments and you are able to effectively work on new cases. This is the time to take on more complex challenges. You become completely independent. Only non-standard situations can cause potential problems. An important aspect of this step is your experience. You know how to combine theoretical knowledge with practical application.
EXPERT - The ability to mentor others in the area of expertise, and to create new standards, continuously growing in your skill level.
At the expert level, you can feel free to share your knowledge with others. You have gained enough experience to be a coach or mentor for colleagues who are on lower levels. However, don’t forget to continue to develop a given skill and be up to date with the topic!