Categories for Self-Exploration
Making a good career decision requires being familiar with who you are. This means
exploring your personal qualities, traits, interests and competencies and using this
information to research careers that call for similar skills and attributes. Taking self-assessment inventories through this website and/or through the Career Development office is a valuable way to pull together personal information that will help lead you to
finding a satisfying and good match or "best fit" career. The following are some essential
categories for self-exploration.
- electronics, jogging, music…Look at interests and hobbies more closely to identify
skills which may be transferable to the work world. Information about your interests
and related skills will help you determine potential career paths.
- recognition, opportunities for advancement, help others, time freedom, job security...
Values express what's important to you, personal standards of what must be in place
for you to find your work satisfying.
- Satisfying Accomplishments
- fixed you own car; established an exercise schedule and kept to it; learned how to
read music…Accomplishments and achievements provide clues to valuable competencies
and personal qualities that you have. Use this information to further investigate
- Skills and Abilities
- communicate effectively, collect and analyze data, work well with hands… Do your skills
cluster in a particular category such as working with people, data, ideas or things?
If you are interested in a particular career, you can find out what skills are required
and see if you have those skills or need to learn them.
- Occupations/Jobs of Interest
- If you think of just one occupation you may be limiting yourself, considering today's
employment market. Think of all the professions or occupations that you might be interested
in and plan on doing research to find out more about them.
- Things You Want To Do
- What do you want out of college? What do you want to learn in and out of school? What
skills do you want to improve? What occupation would you like to be prepared for upon
graduation? If you identify what you want to gain from your college education, you
can set some goals for yourself and develop a plan to get the most out of the next few years.
When you have completed several or all career inventories, be prepared to use the
test results to bridge your interests and skills to one or more possible careers.
Make an appointment with Career Development to review your results and discuss your plans. Additional assessments are available
through our office.