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Competencies without a Classroom Episode 1 - Recap

Position titles come and go. It's not about the "what." Instead, it's about who you are.

In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Dr. Rumeet Billan, a learning architect. Listen and learn:

  • What is Rumeet's #StrongOpinionLooselyHeld
  • What separates two identical resumes when Rumeet is hiring at her company
  • What's the one competency that, if Rumeet were the superintendent of a school board, every student would have to showcase evidence of in their digital portfolio

Reflection Prompts for Your Students

Use the prompts below to have your students reflect on what they heard in the episode and consider how Rumeet's advice can be applied to them.

    1. Rumeet believes that while having a direction of what you want to do after high school is great, being open to different experiences is important. Why do you think being open to these different experiences is so important? How can you develop this mindset while still planning and preparing for life after high school?
    2. Why do you think it's important to start making diverse connections while still in high school? Make a list of people whose stories and experiences interest you. How can you start building connections with these people right now?
    3. In the podcast, Rumeet shares a failure she experienced and how it helped her to reevaluate what she needed to do to reach her potential. What's a failure you've experienced how did you feel? Looking back at this failure what did it teach you? Why do you think it's important to experience failure?
    4. Consider what Rumeet says about giving back. Why is giving back so important? What does it teach you?
    5. Why is self-confidence an important competency to develop? How does it impact different areas of your life?

Bite-Sized Video Clips

If you're running short on time, or just want to play a snippet for your class or colleagues, the bite-sized videos below are perfect for sharing.

Learn More About Rumeet

Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, speaker, author, and humanitarian.

Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience. Dr. Billan is the President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and an expert on Psychological Capital.

She completed her Ph.D. at OISE, University of Toronto, and has designed and facilitated programs, courses, and training sessions across industries and sectors. She led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace.

In 2020, she co-led the Canadian Happiness at Work study, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and was the inaugural National Ambassador for their Not Myself Today® campaign.

Dr. Billan was named Canada’s Top 10 Power Women in 2020 and has twice been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Recently, she released her first award-winning and bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become?, designed for children and adults who are struggling with the question of what they want to be when they grow up.

She also released her online course, Emotional Intelligence for Educators, which has reached participants across the globe. She serves on the Board of Directors of CODE and for G(irls)20. For details, visit

Other Resources Shared in This Episode

How You Can Help Out

Dr. Rumeet Billan


Competency-Based Education (CBE)
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