The descriptors offered by the europass+-tool are suitable for helping mentors as well as participants to better understand the personal skills and competences which are to be described and evaluated in section 5a of the europass Mobility:
(32a) Computer Skills and Competences
Computer skills and competences refer to word processing and other applications, database searching, acquaintance with Internet, advanced skills (programming etc.).
People give proof of their computer skills and competences in a broad variety of activities in different contexts and by dealing with a broad variety of programs, techniques and methods. They may for example have skills and competences in using the internet to research information by using search machines or wikis. They may have some experience in chatting with others via internet or even have designed their own website and/or blog. They may be even able to develop small programs for their own purposes to solve certain problems.
(33a) Organisational Skills and Competences
Organisational skills and competences enable people to plan and make use of resources - time, material, personal resources - in an effective way. Thus organisational skills and competences comprise especially skills and competences in the fields of project management, team management and time management.
Skills and competences in the field of project management help people to carry out their projects in an effective way. They are able to make realistic plans, to organise all resources needed and to control the efficiency of every single step to meet their objective within a deadline. They are able to communicate with the project members, to plan risks and costs and to evaluate their project.
Skills and competences in the field of time management help people to meet an objective within a deadline. They are able to make plans and timetables, to work within the framework of their timetable and to keep appointments in due time. They are using their time as effectively as possible and manage a couple of tasks in a given period of time.
(34a) Social Skills and Competences
Social skills and competences refer to living and working with other people, in positions where communication is important and situations where teamwork is essential, for example working in a department in a company, playing in a band or a team sport, in multicultural environments, etc. Social skills and competences comprise especially collaborative skills and competences (capacity for teamwork), communicative skills and competences and intercultural skills and competences.
Collaborative skills and competences concern one’s ability to work cooperatively with others, being motivated by working in a group and pursuing a shared goal. The focus is on achievement of results, rather than on pushing oneself ahead. Agreements made within the group are adhered to; the group is not exploited in terms of shifting one’s own workload to other group members.
Communicative skills and competences concern people’s ability to make others understand what they mean and what they want - and to pursue them of their message and/or intention. And, vice versa, their communicative skills and competences help people to understand what others mean and what they want them to do or not to do. People do not always verbalize their thoughts and intents. There a lots of non-verbal ways of communicating and pursuing others, some of them even more important and effective as mere verbal or written information. People use e.g. gestures and mimics, they modulate their voice, and they visualize, for example, a lecture.
Intercultural skills and competences help people to interact and co-operate successfully with people from other countries and with different cultural backgrounds. Command of language is very important in this field. But, moreover, people have to know and understand other cultures in order to avoid misunderstanding and to communicate and work together successfully. They have to learn not to consider their own social conventions, views and values as being universally valid, but to be aware that these are culturally determined.
(35a) Other Skills and Competences...
Here you should only list those competences that were not mentioned in the previous sections. Leisure activities should be specially mentioned only if closely linked to the job the candidate is applying for. For example, while out-of-the-ordinary sports, such as ice climbing or canyoning will play a major role if somebody wishes to work in the tourism business, practising new techniques for attaining both physical and psychological fitness (e.g., yoga, gymnastics) will be an asset for working in the health sector.