Learning About Yourself
When thinking about your future career, the first thing to reflect on is you. This means that it’s time to turn the attention inward and take serious thought and consideration about your skills, values, strengths, and interests that may influence your career path.
Who you are and what is important to you has an impact on your career choice. As a student, you are experiencing many things that help you discover not only who you are as a future professional, but also as a person. It is important to take time to reflect on these experiences.
What Makes You, You?
Throughout your career planning process, it is important to remember that flexibility is ok. We are constantly changing as people, so our career paths also might change. Along the way, you might change your major, discover a new skill, or experience a new passion. This is a normal part of the career exploration process. Trust yourself throughout the process.
Developing your sense of self is essential when preparing for your future and is the pathway to understanding careers that may be a good fit for you.
To discover more about you, start by asking yourself these questions:
- What is important to me?
- What do I like doing? What do I not like doing?
- Where do I spend a lot of my time?
- What activities or classwork do I lose track of time while doing?
- Where do I feel like I am at my best?
- What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses?
It is important to remember that learning about yourself is a continual process. You know you best, but the Career Connections Center is also here to help you connect the dots. Schedule time with one of career planners to help you with career exploration.
Tools to Learn about Yourself
Learning Through Self Assessments
Personality and interest assessments can help you select a major or career path. Schedule a career planning appointment to identify the correct assessment for your needs. With knowledge about your interests, deciding your major and career exploration becomes easier.
Types of Assessments
This web-based assessment allows users to learn about natural strengths and how to use them. Results display your top five signature talents.
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
This assessment measures your level of interest among a range of career-related areas and compares them to people in more than 100 occupations. The SII helps explore potential career options.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
This instrument is designed to help you identify your natural personality preferences. The MBTI helps you understand how you prefer to collect and organize information, make decisions and interact with the world around you. Results from this assessment can help you understand how you may prefer to work and potential areas of growth.
Find What Assessment Works Best for You
More Resources to Learn About You
Utilize online exploration tools such as:
How Can a Career Planning Appointment Help?
Career Planning Appointments are typically 30-minute sessions where a staff member addresses a need you have to help you explore, prepare, or start your career or graduate/professional school planning process. We categorize our appointments by seven topics.
- Choosing/Changing Your Major
- Choosing/Changing Your Career
- Graduate School Exploration or Preparation
- Developing your resume, CV, cover letter, personal statement or LinkedIn profile
- Finding an internship, externship or co-op
- Finding a full-time job
- Interviewing Strategies
Once you are in Gator CareerLink, select the topic that best relates to the need you have or type us a note in the appointment request if you want to discuss a blend of these areas.