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2.2. Assessing Career Options


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2.2. Assessing Career Options

  1. 1. Lesson  2:     Assessing  Your     Career  Op0ons   Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     1  
  2. 2. Overview:   Assessing  Your  Career  Op0ons   The  goals  for  this  unit  are  to  help  you  to:   •  Iden;fy  your  personality,  skills,  strengths,  and  accomplishments  so  you  can   iden;fy  work  that  matches  you.   •  CraB  and  write  accomplishment  statements  that  will  showcase  your  most   marketable  skills  and  strengths.   •  Create  a  broad  vision  of  your  capabili;es,  beyond  your  current  work,  to   iden;fy  a  list  of  transferable  skills  that  you  can  use  in  your  job  search.   Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     2  
  3. 3. Who  Are  You?   As  you  consider  some  next  steps  for  your  career  and  life,  it  is  important  for   you  to  assess  your  strengths,  interests,  and  personality.   Perhaps  you  have  never  considered  your  talents  or  what  you  enjoy  doing.  If   so,  the  following  ques;ons  can  assist  you  with  guiding  your  self-­‐assessment.   Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     3  
  4. 4. Worksheet:   Priori0zing  Work  Related  Value   To  complete  this  exercise  you  will  want  to  print   the  Lesson  2  Worksheet:  Self-­‐Assessment,  and   fill  it  out  as  you  go  along  .     All  worksheets  are  available  from  the  course   page  on  the  website.     1.  2.  3.  4.  What  types  of  ac;vi;es  do  you  enjoy  performing?   If  you  could  do  anything  you  wanted,  what  would  you  choose?   What  do  you  enjoy  doing  so  much  that  you  would  engage  in  it  for  free?   What  type  of  ac;vity  occupies  you  so  much  that  ;me  flies  by  to  the  point   you  are  unaware  of  its  passage?   Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     4  
  5. 5. Define  Your  Strengths   Consider  your  strengths.  Strengths  are  “personal  quali;es  that  you  may  have   been  born  with  and  that  you  have  cul;vated  over  ;me.”  “Strengths”  are   some;mes  referred  to  as  “talents.”  To  determine  which  strengths  to   emphasize  during  your  job  search,  you  must  first  discover  what  you  do  best.   People  oBen  ignore  talents  when  they  begin  their  self-­‐assessment.  They  do  so   because  talents  represent  skills  that  are  easy  for  them  to  perform.   Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     5  
  6. 6. Define  Your  Strengths   Think  of  instances  when  other  people  have  complimented  you  (much  to  your   surprise)  because  the  execu;on  of  your  tasks  (du;es,  responsibili;es,  etc.)   was  effortless  for  you  to  perform.  Be  sure  not  to  overlook  these  talents   (strengths).   In  the  following  Skills  Inventory,  you  will  examine  the  work  skills  of  past  jobs   that  produced  your  accomplishments  and  iden;fy  those  skills  you’d  prefer  to   develop  in  the  future.   Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     6  
  7. 7. Worksheet:   Skills  Inventory   To  complete  this  exercise  you  will  want  to  print   the  Lesson  2  Worksheet:  Skills  Inventory,  and   fill  it  out  as  you  go  along  .     All  worksheets  are  available  from  the  course   page  on  the  website.     Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     7  
  8. 8. Exercise:   Skills  Inventory   The  Skills  Inventory  is  organized  into  main  four  categories;  Communica;on   Skills,  Management  Skills,  Crea;ve  Skills,  and  Specialist  Skills.     Review  the  Skills  Inventory  and  place  a  check  in  the  “Have  Done”  column  for   each  of  the  skills  you  have  used  in  the  past.   Then,  check  all  of  the  skills  you  are  interested  in  developing  in  the  “Want  to   Do”  column.  Add  skills  not  listed  in  the  spaces  provided.   Indicate  “No  Interest”  for  ac;vi;es  that  have  lidle  meaning  for  you  and  for   which  you  are  disinterested  in  developing  skills.   Once  you  have  completed  the  main  categories,  move  on  to  “Skills  I  Want  to   Use  in  My  Next  Job”.     Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     8  
  9. 9. Skills  Inventory   From  the  list  you’ve  created,  record  your  “mo;vated  skills”    (skills  you  use   because  you  are  mo;vated  to  do  so)  that  you  want  to  use  in  your  next  job.     It  is  es;mated  that  the  average  American  worker  possesses  500-­‐700  skills.   However,  we  don’t  necessarily  enjoy  using  all  of  these  skills.  Focus  on  your   “mo;vated  skills”  (skills  you  use  because  you  are  mo;vated  to  do  so).  It  is   important  to  consider  what  you  like  to  do  as  an  important  factor  in  you   success.  If  we  employ  skills  that  we  enjoy,  we  will  naturally  succeed  with  our   outcomes.   Created  by  Vantage  HRS  for  the  Centers  of  Medicare  and  Medicaid  Services     9