Begin by understanding the significance that a CDR holds in your skilled visa migration process. And, that would make things clear for you. Your Competency Demonstration Report helps you to showcase the skills and domain competencies that you promise to bring to Australia, once your visa is granted. However, you can only let the assessors know about them through the projects that you have completed. Elaborate on the roles that you played in the team and how you as an individual helped achieve the targets.
When the assessors from Engineers Australia are fairly convinced and impressed by your professional competence in your engineering domain, they are sure to approve the CDR. Once that be done, the stage is set for visa approval.
Since the CDR needs to be completed in a convincing manner, you must ensure that all guidelines shared in the MSA (Migration Skills Assessment) booklet are met while writing the report. Since the CDR works on a basic pretence of depicting the knowledge in your engineering domain and associated skills in your domain, you need to elaborate on the same.
Through the first section named as the Continuing Professional Development (CPD), you will need to share the training you have attended or any other initiatives you have taken to develop or up-skill yourself in the domain. For instance, share some details about the seminars that you convened, innovative projects that you worked, journals that you regularly subscribe to and more. All of these would let the assessor witness your spirit or see the inclination towards different avenues in your domain and how you are continuously making yourself better and better in the domain.
Through the three Career Episodes, you would need to elaborate on the three special projects that you have ever been a part of and how you played a major role in bringing them to a successful conclusion. Being a Telecom Engineer with immense professional experience to back you up, you surely have a good kitty of projects. However, what’s most important is that you need to identify the best of that lot and elaborate on one such project through one episode. As you do that, ensure that you are highlighting the specific role that you played in the team, elaborating on how that helped the team reach the end goal. You can use an organogram to let the assessors be aware of your standing in the hierarchy and give the job description. Moreover, the occupational category and ANZSCO code that you applied for must guide your choice of the projects that you want to highlight.
Follow the instructions towards writing the Career episodes, as shared in the MSA. Keep every episode within a word range of 1000-2500; let the three episodes be exclusive of each other; use an active voice to write an episode and do not be very technical with the language. The EA is not looking for numerals or graphical representations in your episodes. So keep it that ways. Abide by the structure of the episodes as directed by the EA and per the ANZSCO code that you are applying for.
In the Summary Statement, you would be required to map the specific paragraph (from the episodes) that helps you showcase a competency element… aligned with the chosen occupational category. So make that mapping absolutely correct. It will help the assessors quickly glance through the episodes, without going in for unrequired details. A correct mapping here will help them understand your ability to pay attention to details.
Once you decide to write your CDR yourself, keep yourself abreast of the current guidelines shared by the EA. You can do that by going through the latest version of the MSA. You may want to refer an approved CDR sample in the same engineering domain, of a Telecom Engineer, in your case (applying for the same ANZSCO code and occupational role). You may do the latter by reaching out to professional CDR experts, asking for a genuine sample. Or, you may ask professional expertise to write or review the report for you.