Learn More about Yourself
want to choose an occupation that fits your unique qualities
-- your abilities, talents, needs, values, and interests
-- and the life-style you want to live.
your "unique qualities" is not easy. It is
a challenge for everyone. But, the clearer picture you
have, the more likely you are to choose a satisfying
is important to write your ideas down. You may
find this difficult to do, many do. But, it will
make a big difference in your self-understanding. Write
down your thoughts and feelings as you do the exercises
below. Make a folder to keep your notes and writings.
are eight strategies you will find helpful:
tests or inventories that measure your abilities, interests,
values, and personality. Write out your reactions to
carefully at your achievements in school or at work
to identify your abilities. If you are a student,
for example, which subjects have you done well in,
or not so well in? If you work, do the same analysis. What
does this tell you about your abilities -- mechanical,
verbal, numerical, artistic, and people skills? Be
careful not to overlook, or leave out, your abilities. Looking
over the 17 Foundation
Skills will help you avoid doing this.
how you use your leisure time -- your hobbies, community
projects, activities with social, political, or religious
organizations. For each one, write down three
headings: Abilities, Interests, and Values. And,
under each heading write down your thoughts.
with a friend or family member who is a good listener.
with a professional counsellor; learn about career
Your Skills. There you will learn
what the different types of skills are and how
to identify those you have. The activities
that are described are powerful; they are
used by the top consulting firms in the country. You
will find them well worth the effort.
an autobiography and identify the themes that represent
who you are.
a personal mission statement. In it write: what you
want to be, what you want to accomplish in life, and
what values or principles you want to guide you.
a printed copy, see "Advice and Actions for Making Smart Career Decisions" at