What is Self Awareness?
Conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives and desires.
Although not one of the easiest tasks, the process of identifying your strengths and weaknesses helps you to understand yourself better and identify your career needs. Whilst undertaking volunteering, paid work experience or your course modules, keep a reflective journal on how you felt taking part in different activities within the role. This can take time but will help you discover what you like, what you don’t like and identify your strengths and weaknesses
Things to Think About
1. Likes and Dislikes
What do you enjoy doing? What would make a job unbearable for you to do day after day? Think about everything from your favourite activities to how you like to interact with people.
2. Strengths and Weaknesses
What skills do you particularly excel in? Do people often comment on how organised or disorganised you are? If you identify weaknesses, it’s worth thinking about what you could do to improve or make up for them - this will help you answer questions about your weaknesses in interviews.
3. Wants and Needs
Think about what would be simply ‘nice to have’ for a career and separate these areas from your needs. Addressing these areas will help you narrow or widen your search. Here are some areas you may want to consider:
- Location (Does it need to be close to where you live?)
- Salary (Do you need to earn a certain amount or will benefits make a difference?)
- Working hours (Do you have a maximum amount you can work every week?)
- Industry stability (How stable do you need your work role to be?)
- Company Values (Does the company need to follow an ethos eg. Green energy, importance of family time, etc?)
Download this helpsheet as a PDF or visit the Careers & Employability Centre to get a copy of Step One: Start Your Career Journey once copies are available.
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