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Self Assesment and Career Planning


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A presentation I delivered to MBA students on the important of Self-Assessment in their career planning.

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Self Assesment and Career Planning

  1. 1. Self-Assessment:“Navigating your own path through realization” &“Career Preparedness as a strategic process”
  2. 2. Self-AssessmentToday’s Agenda• Identify the Key Components of “Self-Assessment” •Self Reflection, Six Intrinsic Measures, Personality/Type Association• Self-Assessment in your personal life• Self-Assessment and Career Preparedness• Illustrate the Four strategic steps to Decision Making and CareerPlanning• Quick Exercise and closing
  3. 3. Self-AssessmentWhat is Self-Assessment?“Self-Assessment is a process by which you learnmore about yourself—what you like, what you don’tlike, and how you tend to react to certain situations.Knowing these things can help you determine whichoccupations and work situations could be a better fitfor you.” -The Riley Guide: Before you Search, 2006
  4. 4. Self-AssessmentThe Beginning: Self-Reflection Your Road • Where did this Journey Begin? Map • What activities did I enjoy the most? • When you walk into a bookstore, what books attract you the most? • Would you rather work with things, people, ideas, information/data or a combination of two or more? • What people did you find yourself working with and spending your time around? • What made you choose X University for your Bachelor’s degree? • Why did you originally choose your major? • Why did you choose to pursue a Master’s degree here at Clarkson?
  5. 5. Self-Assessment The Six Intrinsic Attributes in Self-Assessment
  6. 6. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Identify your interests Identify your abilities Identify your skills YOU Identify your values Identify your work habits Identify your Goals
  7. 7. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Identify your Interests Interest (n): A state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something. • What do you like to do for hobbies? • Do you like to travel? • Do you like Community Service? • Why did you select your undergraduate major? • Think about what interests or interested you in the past, and think about how that contributed to where you are today.
  8. 8. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Identify your Abilities Ability (n): A natural or acquired skill or talent. • What things have always been somewhat natural for you? • Do you remember numbers? • Are you quick with math? • Do you have the natural ability to talk to anybody? • Are you naturally athletic? • Think about what abilities you’ve utilized throughout your life up to today.
  9. 9. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Identify your Skills Skill (n): Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience • Interests as the motivating factor • What you’re good at and what you like are not always the same thing • Think about the skills you have developed through education, work experience, and how these skills have got you to where you are today
  10. 10. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Identify your Values Values (n): A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable • What matters most to you in your work? • What is important to you? Knowledge? Money? Social Status? • What do you want from your education? • What you do, how you do it, and who you do it with indicates values
  11. 11. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Identify your Work Habits Habit (n): A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. • How hard are you willing to work for what you want? • Are you a team oriented person or do you prefer more autonomy? • Are you always striving to perform your best? • What work habits or things you find yourself doing repeatedly fit in the things you have done so far in your life?
  12. 12. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Identify your Goals Goals (n): The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed; an objective. • Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? Short term? Long term? • Driven by your abilities, interests, skills, preferences, etc. • Do your goals reflect a true combination of the attributes discussed? • Are your goals concrete? • Where do your goals cross with the road your life has been down?
  13. 13. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Personality/Type Association
  14. 14. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Personality/Type Association • Whatdo we mean when we say your “type” or “personality”? • What does your “type” have to do with self-assessment? • Does it have an effect on your school work? Your job search? Both? • How can this be measured?
  15. 15. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Personality/Type Association • Do I think I am introverted or extroverted? • Do I process/make meaning of new information with my 5 senses or with my 6th sense? • Do I make decisions based on my principles or based on my personal values? • Do I like my life organized or to be more open and spontaneous?
  16. 16. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Personality/Type Association “Psychological type” describes the different ways people: • prefer to take in information, • prefer to make decisions, • are energized by the outside world or by the inner world, and • prefer to keep things open or to move towards closure. - Myers-Briggs Foundation
  17. 17. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic Attributes Personality/Type Association Theory says…. People with different preferences naturally have different interests, perspectives, behaviors and motivations. Awareness of preferences helps people understand and value others who think and act quite differently.
  18. 18. Self-Assessment – Intrinsic AttributesSelf-Assessment in your personal lives • Be honest with yourself • Utilization of others for your own assessment (in the form of feedback) • What do I want people to see in me? • Describe yourself (seen a lot in interviews and/or application essays) • Identify areas of interest that you may be weak in – what can you do to further develop those skills? • Keeping yourself accountable for results • Think about how you handle yourself in certain situations
  19. 19. Self-Assessment Self-Assessment and Career Preparedness Decision Making and Strategy
  20. 20. Self-Assessment – Career Preparedness Self-Assessment and your Career • How do I synthesize my time spent self-assessing into my job search? • What have I discovered are some skills I wish to further develop? Are these skills related to where I want to work? • Do I have a clear picture of what my strengths and weaknesses are relative to my position of interest? • What should I be aware of when speaking to corporate recruiters? • How the Self-Assessment time you spend translates into rational decision making • Career Development: The integration of Strategy and Self- Assessment
  21. 21. Self-Assessment – Career Preparedness Step #5: Establish yourself in a career Make Adjustments as Needed Step #4: Plan and Conduct the Job Search Time to implement the plan! Prepare an Error-Free Resume and Cover Letter. Interview, Negotiate, etc. Step #3: Focus and Set Goals Identify a Career Goal. Prepare for entry into career. Seek training and relevant work experiences Step #2: Explore Options Time to: - Research - Investigate - Evaluate Career OptionsStep #1: Conduct Career Self-AssessmentWhat are my: - Skills - Interests - Values - Personality Preferences? *See Handout Courtesy of University of California, Davis Career Resource Manual 2006-2007
  22. 22. Self-Assessment – Career Preparedness Self-Assessment and your Career • Skills, Abilities, Interests all make up who you are, what your ideal career would be • SWOT analysis on results of your assessments • Read through “Job Searching” webpage, complete strategic step packet • Utilize advise from exercises (i.e. career leader, etc) to begin researching various positions, industries, etc. • Develop a strategic action plan for yourself with timeframes, etc. • Think short and long term! What can you do this year to develop certain areas that might help you with your job search?
  23. 23. Self-Assessment – Career Preparedness Self-Assessment and your Career Corporate Recruiters, Interviews and preparing to impress • Recruiters assess the quality of their applications by measuring their talent and effectiveness in three categories: -Technical - Functional/Transferable Skills - Personal Qualities Recruiters/Employers like to ask questions to get to the route of an applicant’s values or ethics, honesty and integrity through essay questions and/or behavioral types of interviews.
  24. 24. Self-Assessment – Career Preparedness Self-Assessment and Decision Making Recap: ASSESS- Identify your needs and your interests, values and skills EXPLORE- Research careers to learn more about possible options DECIDE- Determine and then focus your goals ACT-Develop and implement an Action Plan
  25. 25. Self-AssessmentThroughout the process of self-assessment, rememberthese….. Self-Assessment is the beginning to a lengthy career development process. Career and Personal Development… • Is a process that takes time • Requires Action • Is YOUR responsibility • Is Lifelong
  26. 26. Self-Assessment In Closing… • Make the time to prepare for your future! • Utilize your resources • Read through handouts and spend time with some other assessments • Ask questions, seek advice from as many people as possible! • Seek out the Career Center, myself, Alumni (Mentor Program), Faculty, and others!
  27. 27. Self-Assessment Brief Exercise on Occupational Themes
  28. 28. Self-AssessmentRemember: When it comes to your future, use your SMARTS! S- Strategic Searching M- Masterfully A- Always R- Reaps T- Tremendous S- Success
  29. 29. Marketing My Skills ExerciseLife Achievement• Small Groups of 4-5 • Share one life achievement with member of your group • Select one life achievement for the group • Write this achievement into a short narrative • Now, we will mine the stories for skills
  30. 30. Marketing My Skills Exercise• What skills do we get from our narratives? Be specific• How would we categorized these skills?• What skills are transferable and what are technical?
  31. 31. Marketing My Skills Exercise• Create your own Master List of Skills – Top five you enjoy using most – Top five you are best at using – What skills are most marketable or relevant to what interests you? – What do you think would be in your “top five”?
  32. 32. Marketing My Skills Exercise• Document your list of skills (provide proof)• PSR, CAR, STAR techniques• Marketing Plan Discussion
  33. 33. Marketing My Skills Exercise• SWOT Analysis• Top Five Skills on the Marketing Plan• Transferable Skills• Strategies and Action Items
  34. 34. Top Five Skills from exercise earlierStrategyand ActionItems cango here
  35. 35. Marketing My Skills Exercise• How does all of this fit in my job search? My resume? My interview?• The Marketing Plan as a map, reference point, etc.
  36. 36. Questions?