If we look at a graphic of the career development process, you’ll see the first step is Assessing Self. In order to figure out which careers you should explore, you first have to know about yourself. While this may seem easy, it can actually be quite challenging for a lot of people. I encourage people to think about their interests, skills and values. Some people like taking an assessment to help them pin down specifics, but don’t totally rely on an assessment for answers. Once you know who you are, then you can start exploring careers. It’s important to look at all aspects of a career: education needed, working environment, types of people you’ll interact with, income you’ll earn, and career trajectory. The key to finding a career you’ll be successful at and enjoy is finding a job that allows you to utilize the skills which come easily to you, taps into your interests so you like what you’re doing, and aligns with your values.
Contributors: Sarah Collins from Collins Career Coaching