Before you start exploring different career options, it's important to understand your own interests, values, skills, and personality traits. This can help you identify potential careers that align with your strengths and preferences.
Things that you enjoy doing or are naturally drawn to. Reflect on your courses, student organizations, volunteer activities, and hobbies. What do you enjoy working with?
- People: instructing, teaching, facilitating…
- Data and Information: analyzing, categorizing, computing…
- Things: manufacturing, operating, testing…
- Ideas: designing, conceptualizing, synthesizing…
Find Your Interests through Holland Code
Holland Code Theory is a framework to categorize interests and personalities. Each Holland Code is associated with certain skills, preferences, and work environments. You will learn about potential career paths that align with your strengths and interests.
Assess your career interests via O*Net Interest Profiler to get your Holland Code!
Reflect on your experiences, what skills have you acquired? Apart from the technical skills, do not forget about your interpersonal skills!
Think about all the things you're good at, no matter how small or insignificant they might seem. This could include skills, talents, personal qualities, or achievements.
Create Your Top 10 Reasons to Hire Me List
Identify 10 reasons why you think you would be a valuable addition to the team
Use the categories provided in the table to organize your reasons
Provide specific evidence to support each of your reasons
Prioritize your top 10 reasons in order of importance.
Use the information in the table to write a summary of your top 10 reasons to hire you. This summary can be used in your cover letter or interview to showcase why you're the best candidate for the job.
Clifton Strengths is a strengths-based approach to personal development that emphasizes identifying and leveraging one's unique strengths to achieve success and fulfillment in life. The Clifton Strengths Finder assessment is a popular tool used to identify an individual's top five strengths out of a list of 34 themes, providing a framework for personal and professional growth.
In terms of job satisfaction, what matters to you most? What are the most important things you look for in a job?
- Job security
- Financial income
- Intellectual challenge
- Working independently/with a team
- Professional status
- Opportunity for advancement
Learn more about your work values through Value Cards Exercise
Schedule an Appointment
Discuss your concerns, questions, or findings with a career advisor.
Know Your Options
Learn about what options are available in the job market based on your interests.
Create your action plans to further explore your career decisions or work towards your goals.