When making decisions about your first career – and you will likely have more than one! – it helps to know what’s important to you, what you are interested in and what skills you enjoy using. That’s why learning more about yourself, what is out there in the world of work and what careers might be a good fit is important.
To figure out what you want from a career, think about these key areas:
- Values – Is work/life balance important to you? Is financial security high on your list? Do you like intellectual stimulation? Flexibility?
- Interests – What are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What excites you about your program of study?
- Skills – What are the tasks that you do well? What are your accomplishments? What do people count on you for?
- Personality – Do you have a strong desire to help others? Do you thrive on being creative and spontaneous? Are you an introvert or extrovert?