This step involves gathering information about yourself to assist in making a decision about a career. By developing an understanding of self (values, interests, aptitudes, abilities, personal traits, and desired life style) you should become aware of the interrelationship between self and occupational choice.
- Learning interests, abilities, skills, and work values
- Listing accomplishments
- Understanding physical and psychological needs
- Assessing aspirations and motivation level
- Deciphering personal traits and characteristics
As you begin to develop a better understanding of yourself, you will gain the following competencies:
- Gain self-awareness
- Improve self-confidence
- Understand time and stress management
- Develop personal/professional management skills
Strategies For Gaining Self-Assessment Competencies
The following list gives concrete examples of ways to gain competencies for self-assessment.
- Take exploratory classes
- Attend workshops for study skills, time management and stress management
- Join activity clubs or professional clubs
- Allow regular time for leisure, hobbies and friends
- Identify symptoms of stress
- Identify personality style
- Identify work values
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills in expressing feelings and ideas
- Demonstrate skills in overcoming self-defeating behaviors
- Complete Strong Interest Inventory, Self Directed Search, MBTI and/or FOCUS: Career and Educational Planning Solutions. FOCUS offers skills, values, and interest assessments and career information. FOCUS can be found on your MyBGSU web portal under Quicklinks.
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