Self-assessment is the foundation of your job search. Understanding the abilities, talents, interests, values, needs, goals, and skills you have to offer a prospective employer is vital to preparing for an effective job search. Knowledge of your personal traits will act as a bridge, connecting you to careers and ultimately jobs that best suit you.
It is very important that you are honest with yourself when doing your self-assessment. Be aware of personal likes and dislikes, as well as possible weaknesses. You want to be able to look a potential employer in the eye with confidence and say what qualifies you for the position for which you are applying. Uncover professional and personal strengths by taking inventory of your:
- Education - favorite courses, academic achievements, degree, major
- Abilities/Skills - organizational, interpersonal, technical, creative
- Experience - level of responsibility, variety, assigned duties, accomplishments
- Interests - community involvement, recreational activities, awards, social and academic pursuits
- Goals - type of lifestyle desired, what you want to accomplish
Use a computer to self-assess careers compatible with your interests, values, skills, and experiences:
- FOCUS2 - a self-paced, online career guidance tool used to assist you in self-assessment and career exploration. Users of FOCUS learn to make more realistic decisions about their goals and plans, how to self-manage their careers and the importance of adaptability in these times of change.
>> Click to access FOCUS2 if you are currently enrolled.
University College offers this additional resource:
- Strong Interest Inventory - The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is used by more than 70% of U.S. colleges and universities and is the world's most widely respected and frequently used tools for education and career planning. It is easy to complete and is backed by unparalleled reliability and validity. The SII personalized report is designed specifically for college students and suggest majors, careers, student groups and classes that are a good match for your areas of interests, preferences and personal style. Contact The Center for Major & Career Exploration, firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out how to take the SII. An appointment with a Major/Career Coach is required to receive your SII report.