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Self Assessment for Career Planning
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  Describe how you have developed as a person.
  Describe your basic personality characteristics.
  Describe the basics that drive and motivate you.
  Describe the major interests that direct your career choice.
  Describe the professional skills you posses.
  Describe your management style.
  Summarize who you are, your interests, & how this affects your career.


Approximate time needed for exercise: 3 hours

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To do the work in this chapter you should have completed the exercises in the previous chapter.  If you have not, you will need to go to the chapter index

          Self Assessment for Career Planning

 Overview When career planning, the second step is to find out who you are, and what is important to you (your values).  What are the forces that drive you?  What is your foundation?  What are your boundaries?  What are the things that make you unique?  How well do you understand these forces that consciously or unconsciously direct your life?  Something as complex as your life is shaped by an endless number of ideas, events, feelings and outcomes.  It is only by writing about your thoughts and experiences, then by evaluating and clarifying them, that you will come to best understand the meaning of your life.  If you want a satisfying career it is important to understand the forces that make up your life.  This self-assessment is the basic process in any planning process.  In our fast paced life-style today most of us do not take as much time as we should to reflect upon our own lives.  So the time you will take to re-evaluate who you are and what is important to you should be a pleasant time.

You can take tests involving your interests, values and career goals, but no computer or test can  tell you what will most challenge or reward you.  It is only through a series of investigative writings, evaluation, and collaboration with others that you will clarify the best decisions for success and happiness in your life.  The process of assessing your needs and comparing them to industry jobs and careers will also allow you to develop a greater sense of direction and purpose. 

Most of us have had a number of ideas as we grow up, about what we would like to do with our lives. These ideas can be called career interests, or early career ideas.  These ideas probably were formed because we wanted to be like the people we idolized. Or we wished to be like them because of; the fame, glory, or wealth we might get if we were like them. Your career ideas probably have been modified over the years by the ease or difficulty in attaining early goals.  Other important ingredients for career development are; time needed to develop talents, support from others, special events that created sharp focus in some area of our lives, understanding or not knowing how to go about doing what you want, etc..  You will probably find that you have wanted to do many different things in your life. Your choices may have lead you in many different directions and thus you may feel confused about what one thing you want to do.  How do you know which direction you should take?  The next section should help you better understand yourself and thus make it easier for you to develop a meaningful career goals. 

Charting Your
In the first exercise you will look at and learn about what experiences in your past have most influenced you and in what ways.  These experiences influence you to develop into the type of person you are today.  At this time complete Charting Your Lifestyle.

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