Learn from your experience and conduct a weekly career self-assessment

Learn from your Experience and

Conduct a Weekly Career Self-Assessment



Learn from your experience and conduct a weekly self-assessment. Ask yourself a few questions so that you are always learning from your experiences.  Over a lifetime, this can lead to real skill development.

Career Self-Assessment Questions

  • What can I learn from what happened this week?
    • How can I apply what I learned going forward?
    • What went well this week?
    • What can I do to ensure more goes well in the future?
  • What is the most difficult thing I did this week?
    • Why was it difficult?
    • How could I do to make it easier in the future?
    • Which skills could I improve to make this easier in the future?
  • What problems arose this week?
    • How could I  prevent those problems in the future?
    • What did I do to effectively resolve the problems?
    • How can I be more effective at resolving similar problems in the future?
  • What do I anticipate during the coming week?
    • How can I  prepare so the next week will go smoothly?
    • What can I do to prevent problems from arising?
    • Which  resources can I use to ensure a successful week?

Career Self-Assessment Resources

There are many good resources that can be used to help you conduct a career self-assessment.  Here are a few that you may find useful.

Making the Change

Once you have taken the time to evaluate your week, identify one thing that you will change going forward.  Learn from your experience and then add to your capabilities and strategies to resolve things in the future.  This can be a real win/win for you and your business.  This is where the weekly career self-assessment really pays off. Be sure to learn from your experience and conduct a weekly self-assessment.

Conduct a 360 degree personal assessment

Conduct a 360 degree personal assessment




Conduct a 360 degree personal assessment. So, what is a 360 degree assessment?  It is a way of getting feedback from all directions and multiple people to know how to improve. Some companies use a 360 degree assessment to evaluate their employees. You can do a 360 degree personal assessment to evaluate areas where you need to improve.

To do this, is it as simple as asking people around you how you can do better.  Ask family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, managers, and those who work for you.  As you ask a variety of people, you will get a variety of feedback.  Then, take the feedback to consider what to focus on in order to improve and do better.  Consider which change will have the most immediate impact. Focus on doing what it takes to make the biggest changes first.

You can also make the 360 degree feedback specific to a job you desire.  Ask people what skills they think you should develop to move into management, to switch careers, or to start your own business.  Then, focus on those skills that will best help you succeed in the job you desire.  Making the change can be hard, but it can lead to big dividends down the road as you prepare for success.

360 Articles

Here are a few articles with information on 360 degree feedback.

Take the time to conduct a 360 degree personal assessment.  Once you have gathered the feedback, really take the time to consider how you need to change.  Change can be difficult, but it can be the very thing that drives your career forward.  Look deep inside of yourself for ways to improve based on the feedback you receive. The changes you make will pay big dividends in terms of job opportunity, growth, and advancement. It all starts with a 360 degree personal assessment






Assess Job Opportunities

Assess Job Opportunities




It is always a good idea to take the time to assess job opportunities.  Look at the marketplace and consider ways you can be the one to match your skills to the current and future job opportunities.  You can be the one in high demand as you prepare yourself with the skills you  need to succeed.

Job Opportunity Resources

Part of assessment is to identify the job opportunities in your geographic area, in your field, and in your areas of interest. Here are some links to information on finding a good job opportunity.

Job Opportunity Questions

As you look to the job market, consider what it is doing now and where it is headed in the future.  This can help you ensure that you are prepared for the jobs of the future as well.  As yourself a few questions:

  • What is the job market like locally?
  • What is the job market like in my state or region?
  • Would a move help my job opportunities?
  • What job opportunities am I interested in?
  • How do my job interests align with the market opportunities?
  • What could I do to increase my preparation for a job?
  • How could I better align my skills with market opportunities?
  • What can I do to keep my skills up for future job opportunities?
  • What opportunities can I expect in the future?

Make yourself a good match for  job opportunities

Make yourself a good match for job opportunities.  Assess job opportunities and consider how you can fit in. Take action to prepare for the good jobs now and in the future.  Make yourself the one who is in demand because of your talents, abilities, and skills.  Look for ways to be the one companies want to hire.

Now that you have the strategies, you just need to do it!


Know Yourself: Conduct an interest and skills assessment

Know Yourself

Conduct an interest and skills assessment

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Know yourself by conducting an interest and skills assessment.  When you know who you are and what you like to do and what your skills are then you can better find a job that is a good match for your interests and skills.  Taking the time to do an interest and skills assessment can pay dividends in the long run as you find a rewarding career that matches who you are and what you can best do.

You can best start an interest assessment by asking a few questions such as those listed below.

  • What do I like to do?
  • What would I do if I didn’t have anything else I needed to do?
  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • Do I like working indoors or outdoors?
  • Do I like working with people, with my head, or with my hands?
  • Do I like working on my own or in large groups?
  • Do I like being my own boss or working for others?
  • Do I like to be in charge or to follow the plan others have put in place?

Once you have identified your interests, then take the time to identify your skills.  A skills assessment will help you identify your core strengths and skills that you will take with you into the workplace.  Ask yourself the questions below.

  • What am I good at?
  • What things do I do best?
  • Am I good at problem solving and decision making?
  • Am I good at learning new things?
  • Am I able to work with others?
  • Do I notice what others are doing and how they interact?
  • Am I good at working with machines?
  • Do I have specific knowledge in an area such as computers? Science? Match? Business?
  • Am I good at using computer software?
  • Am I good at a certain specialty area?

As you notice your skills you can also identify those skills that you would like to develop further.  If you have further skills to develop,  consider ways you could develop or strengthen skills to enhance your performance on the job.  A little bit of action can make a big difference.






Assess the Next Step of your career path

Assess the Next Step of your career path

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Assess the next step of your career path.  In order to do this, you need to know exactly where you are.  Review the table below. See the common next steps based on your current career situation. Note, that the specific next step you will take will depend upon your specific career goal.  You can take multiple steps.  Keep moving towards your desired career goals.

Current Career Location

Next Step on the Career Path

Career Goal

Unemployed Improve job skills by taking a class, workshop, learning from a friend, etc. Get a job
Working without a high school diploma Get a high school GED A better job and wage
Working with high school diploma Continue your education & improve your skills with an associate degree, trade school, college, or on the job skills training A better job, better wage and More job Opportunities
Working with on the job skills that are paid more than minimum wage Continue to develop more skills on the job, through a course, or through a community college Job and wage opportunities
Front line employee Learn about business and how to manage others, take management courses on the job, online, or at a local school. Management Position with more responsibility and higher salary
Manager Learn more about the business and its goals, get the skills to help the business meet its goals Upper level Management
Unemployed, working, management Learn about small business start ups, preparing a business plan, and marketing your product to others Small Business Owner
Small Business Owner Learn strategies to expand your business by expanding your customers, product line, or market area Medium Size Business Owner
Manager, Upper Level Management,  Small Business Owner Learn leadership, strategic planning, metrics, and other strategies CEO, CFO, or other Executive

Take the time to assess the next step of your career path.  As you do so, you will find that you can change your career. Step by step you can move to the career position that you desire. This will continue to enhance your career.

Evaluate the Job Market

Evaluate the Job Market

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It is important to take the time to evaluate the job market. Knowing the market and its trends and help you find job success.

Look at your target market

If you have a target field or job that you want to do, then evaluate the specific market for that field.  Look at professional journals, articles, gather information, network with people in the field in order to find out who is hiring, what jobs are “hot”, and whether the industry as a whole is expanding on contracting.  Once you know what your target job market is doing, you can make it a point to get the skills the employers in your field desire.

Look at the market generally

Other times you may not have a target job in mind.  Look at the market generally.  You can look at the Bureau of Labor statistics web site which has information on occupation, outlook, earnings, etc. for a variety of occupations. Target a specific occupation that is on the rise, looks to stay strong over the next decade and shows a great amount of growth.

In addition, you may want to gather information on your local job market.  Who is hiring in your city?  What industries have the greatest growth in your area?  Some people like to join a professional organization, network, talk to people, and gather first-hand information on the local market.  Go and talk to a few employers to see who they are hiring and what skills they need.  This will allow you to prepare with the skill set employers need in hiring.

Use the market information you found

Once you know the job market, here are a few strategies to use the information you have found.

  • First, consider what jobs you would enjoy doing in job areas where there is expected to be growth.
  • Second, get the skills needed to work in areas of strong growth.
  • Third, let employers in your target job market know you are interested in work.
  • Fourth, continue to hone your skills to stay up to date as the market changes.

As you evaluate the job market and do what it takes to be prepared to land a job in an area of high demand, you can ensure that you and your skills will be in demand in the marketplace.


Identify Good jobs for the future

Identify good jobs for the future


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Identify good jobs for the future, prepare yourself, and then land the dream job that is on the future job list and you will be in demand as the years go by. Follow the links below to identify some of the best jobs for the future.

Research the job market

Know the job market in your local geographic area, in your areas of interest, and that relate to your skill sets.  Evaluate the market generally to see how it is changing.  Are you prepared for the changes?  Are you staying up to date with things?

Look to see what market trends are generally.  How will these market trends impact you?  Look at what you need to know and do to be in the job market in five years. Consider how you can enhance your skills to stay competitive.

Get Training for the Good jobs

Identify good jobs for the future, get the career training you need to get the jobs, and then watch as the job offers come in.  It is always a good time to be strategic and find a good jobs for the future. As the market, is always changing continue to keep up to date with the changes. This may mean keep your technical skills up to date. Be sure you know to how to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft  Excel, and Microsoft Access.  This ensures that you are the one with the skills  to land the good job.

Make sure you understand what business is all about so that you can help your business grow. Take a class to prepare for the workplace. Know the Fundamentals of Supervision and Management, Understanding the Human Resource Function, and learn the Mastery of Business Fundamentals.

As you continue to identify good jobs for the future, you will find that you are the one who gets hired or gets the promotion!