Understanding yourself

It's unlikely you will find a job that meets all of your criteria immediately after graduation. Inevitably, you will need to make compromises. However, once you have a clearer idea about your abilities, interests and motivations it will then be much easier to identify which direction you want to move in and where to target your job search.

Self assessment is useful also in helping you identify skills and attributes to highlight in your CV or when talking to companies.

The approach you take or the tool that you use is very much a matter of individual preference. However, you do need to look at all the different pieces of the complex jigsaw that is you.

Areas to think about

Take a look at each piece of this jigsaw; it's designed to help you consider the various aspects of you.  Hover over a piece of the jigsaw for an idea of some of the things you should be thinking about.

KnowledgePersonalityMotivations & valuesAchievementsExternal factorsInterestsPersonal preferencesSkills & abilities

Hover over the different jigsaw pieces for an idea of some of the things you should be thinking about.

You should also consider the following questions:

  • What do I want out of a job/my career?
  • What do I want out of life?
  • What am I good at / enjoy doing?
  • What am I not good at / want to avoid?
  • What would my ideal job look like?

These may seem daunting questions but there are various tools available to help you work through them. See the Self assessment and career matching tools| page for some starting points.