Conduct an interest and skills assessment
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.