What am I good at?
All jobs require a broad range of skills such as problem solving, communication, team-working and customer orientation. Specialist skills may be important in some roles. Understanding where your strengths lie could help you choose a job or career you would be particularly good at.
- What skills helped me attain my greatest achievements? (persistence, organisation, creativity)
- What makes me competent in my part-time job? (being organised, motivating others, team work, IT skills, working under pressure)
- What makes/made me successful in my studies? (researching skills, working under pressure, writing, visualising problems, co-ordinating team projects)
- What am I less confident/skilled in doing? (last minute working, shy about leading a group)
Be as honest as you can - try to list those you really are good at rather than those you feel you should be good at. When you are happy with your list, look to see if there are any patterns or trends in your responses. Ask your friends and family what they think you do really well. Consider all the things you can do now that you couldn’t do many years ago - things you take for granted such as IT skills or language skills. If they are honest and tactful, they may also be able to suggest areas that you need to improve.
You could add ideas about:
- Work environment - outdoors, office, lab , community
- Variety - diverse tasks, people contact, places to work, experiencing change
- Skills used - communicating, planning, creativity, team working
- Location - working conditions, hours, pay
- Purpose - helping others, inventing new products or services, organising people, creating wealth
- Environment - considering, promoting, changing conservation issues
When you have done this can you see any patterns or trends? Do any career ideas spring from this?