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Self Assessment

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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.

Start by:

  • Learning interests, abilities, skills, and work values
  • Listing accomplishments
  • Understanding physical and psychological needs
  • Assessing aspirations and motivation level
  • Deciphering personal traits and characteristics



Click here to try Self-Assessment Exercises

Competency Areas

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
  • Click here to view competency definitions.

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 SIGI Plus, Strong Interest Inventory, Self Directed Search, and/or MBTI

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