Now that you’ve had a deep heart-to-heart about your interests, it’s time to dive deeper into your strengths, values, and skills.
- Understand your strengths. Go back through your list and pick out the categories that had the post positive experiences and memories. The ones where you had a lot to say. The categories that you just couldn’t stop writing about. Those are your strengths. You may have also noticed that there may have been categories that overlapped with each other as well, and that’s ok. To understand them a little more, here’s the breakdown:
- R – The Doer – You enjoy working with your hands and away from people.
- I – The Thinker – You enjoy solving problems and conducting research.
- A – The Creator – You enjoy working with ideas and abstract concepts.
- S – The Helper – You enjoy working with people.
- E – The Persuader – You enjoy leading and speaking in front of others.
- C -The Organizer – You enjoy practical and structured tasks and environments.
(You can do some research on the internet to find out more on these categories, especially what types of degrees and jobs fall under each category (or multiple categories)
- Determine your values. The values that you hold is your GPS to life (or in this case, career)– Your foundation on what is most important to you. Begin by asking yourself the following questions:
- What would you miss most if you left your current job? Why?
- What was your “best job ever?” Why?
- When was a time you felt really energized about your work? Why?
- What value would you not compromise at a job? Why?Now pick out some points: What is it motivated you to truly love the work? What were some of the external work conditions that allowed you to have the optimum work experience? What were some of the tasks or responsibilities that you really enjoyed doing? Who were the people that I enjoyed interacting with most and what specific attributes made them enjoyable?
- Develop your skills. The last thing you need to come to terms with is understanding your skills. For every task or responsibility that you have done or currently do, you need to list out what sort of skills you use(d).
All of this will start to come together in part 3, I promise.
Where the skills you learned in college transferable to the skills you use(d) at work?