Behavioural competencies for Research Technician/Technologist: Self-knowing and self-development

Assessing strengths and weaknesses and engaging in ongoing self-development and improvement; maintaining effectiveness in the face of change or ambiguity.

Level 1

Entry & Working

Self-assesses and monitors oneself to maintain personal effectiveness

  • Recognizes and seeks to close gaps in knowledge and skills through self-learning, and/or seeking assistance, advice or coaching.
  • Takes advantage of learning and development opportunities.
  • Continually self-assesses and seeks feedback from others to identify strengths and weaknesses and ways of improving.
  • Continually applies knowledge and new learning to improve job performance.
  • Seeks to balance work responsibilities and personal life commitments.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in the face of change or ambiguity.

Level 2


Seeks to improve and maintain personal effectiveness in high demand situations

  • Recognizes personal work capacity and limitations, and manages work accordingly (e.g. delegate, modify priorities).
  • Responds and adapts quickly to technological and organizational change through new learning.
  • Designs personal learning objectives based on anticipated future needs of the lab, research centre and/or NRC.