Start With Self-Assessment
Taking stock of your interests, career values, skills, and personality traits can help you formulate your own criteria for a desirable career.
- Consider a Coach. Meeting with a career advisor or counselor at your school, college, or in your community can help you reflect on your background and identify the cornerstones for your future career. You can always call us at Career Paths NW and we can help with coaching and mentoring.
- Create a Career Profile. If you would rather proceed on your own, start by reviewing your academic and work history. Which courses, projects, jobs, internships, and volunteer roles were most satisfying and successful for you? Make a list of the activities that were most energizing, and where you had the greatest impact. Check our other resources for blog article and tips to help you build your profile.
- Which are Your Top Skills? Ask yourself which skills enabled you to achieve that success. Then, consider which interests or values made the work meaningful or stimulating. Make a list of the strong skills that you also enjoyed using. Itemize any of your personality characteristics that made the activities feel natural for you.
Creating a comprehensive assessment like this is a solid foundation that you can use to hone in on what type of career fits your personal interests and professional strengths.