You will now gain greater personal insight on your “Career Assets” – the unique strengths, interests, values, and traits that make you stand out as a professional. If you have ever attempted to change your career you know that the number of career considerations is extensive. You should reference the chart often during the career transition process. These influences, combined with your Career Assets, build the foundation for moving forward to achieve your goals.
Sometimes looking at yourself objectively is tough. To ease the process, we encourage you to use personal or professional assessment to help you better understand what your Career Assets are, the types of careers and roles that are the best fit for you, how to best position yourself for even greater personal and professional success, better understand patterns of behavior that consistently impact your career and more.
NOTE: Depending on your unique career goals and situation, a professional assessment may or may not be needed.
The “Whole” You
Some of the hardest questions to answer in life are “What do I want to do with my career?” “What am I good at?” and “What are my real passions?” Finding work that you like and deciding what to do next in your career are complex processes.
Gathering information to create a holistic picture of you is the most important step in this phase. It will help you answer the questions above. Our vision of the “whole” you is that you are a unique and complex person made up of a mixture of knowledge, skills and abilities, interests, values, and behaviors. This is what makes you unique. It does not matter if you have skills in creative writing if you are not interested in it. It does not matter if you are interested in becoming a sales person if the values do not align with your beliefs.
Before I became a career counselor, I was a talented marketing executive, and all of my friends and family encouraged me to keep growing in the discipline. The problem was that I had no interest in marketing as a full-time career. I liked aspects of marketing but was bored stiff doing it every day. Also, I worked for companies that did not align with my values, which forced me into a constant state of conflict with myself. As a result, I became indifferent about my career and this negatively impacted my personal life. I share this story because I believe it is important to address all aspects of the Career Assets graph and not just one aspect. Together, they interact to help you identify a career path that you want to invest in.
You may find that one section of the chart is more of a priority over another part of the chart depending on your age and circumstances. This is okay. We encourage you to ensure that your priorities and goals are balanced. Now, let us explore your unique traits.