Your personal characteristics consist of those traits that make you a distinct person. They represent who you are in terms of your outlook on life and work, your communication and interaction style, and your temperament, motivators, and attitudes.
Some examples of personal characteristics include:
Your personal characteristics are an important driving influencing on your career, relationships, health, and sense of well-being. To harness the full potential of who you are, it is critical to first gain insight into your unique characteristics. The exercise on the next page will help you gain a better view of your style, behavior, and personality.
You might be thinking that personal characteristics should not influence career choice but it does. For example, if you are an energetic person and like to interact with lots of people on a daily basis, you might feel stifled in a job that requires a stoic style and little collaboration with people such as financial economist.
Your Homework: Your Personal Characteristics
Please take 20 to 30 minutes to think about and answer the following questions to help you identify and gain greater clarity on your personal characteristics.
|1. List 5 characteristics that best describe you.|
|2. List 5 characteristics that best describe how you would like to be.|
|3. If you asked 3 friends to describe you, what would they say?|
|4. If you asked 3 co-workers to describe you, what would they say?|
|5. Do you notice any discrepancies between the way you view yourself and the way others view you?|