Learn More About Yourself
You want to choose a business that fits your unique qualities -- your abilities, talents, needs, values, and interests -- and the life-style you want to live.
Knowing 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 career.
It 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.
Here are ten strategies you will find helpful:
- Take tests or inventories that measure your
abilities, interests, values, and personality. Write
out your reactions to the results.
- Look carefully at your achievements in school,
college, or at work to identify your abilities. 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.
- Go to "Identify
Your Skills" at the Career Key website. It
is an excellent resource for learning about and identifying
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 counselor; learn about career
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.
- Read Should I be an Entrepreneur? and write down your
- Do the exercise in Find Self-Employment Work Life Balance and write down your reactions to the ideas in this article.