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THE UNITED NATIONS
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Career Change Starts with Self-Assessment
"It's never too late to be what you
might have been."
Why Is It Career Self-Assesss-
ment/Self-Exploration So Im-
portant to Career Reinvention?
Many of my clients who are
considering a career transition
or reinvention have never taken
the time to evaluate their skills,
values, interests, and other pa-
rameters that are important to
them in their life and work.
They often have gone directly
from college into the working
world, taking on role after role,
and never really assessing what
makes them happy. It is only
when they ind themselves mis-
erable, frustrated, and unhappy
that they begin to question
It is at this moment that
career self-exploration is so
Before you can change ca-
reers or transition to a new
ield, you must go back to the
basics - knowing who you are,
and mapping out a strate y for a
transition that its who you are.
This is where self-assess-
ment its in. I like to refer to it
as "self-exploration" and not
"self-assessment," which frankly
sounds too clinical.
What Is Career Self-Assess-
Self-exploration is a period
in your life when you step back
from your busy, day-to-day ac-
tivities and look inside to take
stock of knowing who you are
(a sense of identity) and what is
important to you.
It is usually one of the irst
steps (and in my mind, the
MOST important one) in career
reinvention. It is a process by
which you gather information
about yourself (skills, strengths,
interests, personal brand, and
communication style) in order
to make better career decisions,
and help you decide how to
transition into a new ield.
During this phase, it is impor-
tant to work with a professional
who is trained in administering
and interpreting career assess-
ments. While working with a ca-
reer counselor or career coach,
you'll go through a variety of
formal (objective) and infor-
mal (subjective) assessments to
gather information that will be
helpful in the career reinven-
Objective assessments are
typically developed by assess-
ment experts and provide a
third-party viewpoint. Usually,
a career coach or assessment
expert reviews and interprets
the results with the client.
Subjective assessments tend
to be more informal, such as a
homework assignment or an
exercise that you would do by
yourself (questions, journaling,
visualization exercises, medi-
tation, and obtaining feedback
from others). This will help you
get a clear understanding of
what is important to you and to
help you envision the future.
Why Is Any of This Important?
When you step out of the day-
to-day grind and slow down and
look inside, you begin to get in
touch with a part of yourself
which can't be tapped during
the busy lives we lead.
A period of self-reflection can
• Learn more about yourself -
explore your interests, skills
and strengths, career and life
values, career motivators, be-
havioral and communication
style - so that you can manage
your career for maximum ful-
illment and balance.
• Learn about yourself to help
you pinpoint and brainstorm
options for a new career and/
or ield when you are consid-
ering a career transition.
• Become a foundation for mak-
ing decisions about which
ields and work situations are
best for you (job function, in-
dustry, types of companies).
• Understand how you react and
behave in certain situations,
and how your behavior can
enhance or help derail your
• Enhance your self-esteem as
you begin to explore and see
your unique skills and contri-
• See patterns and themes, and
provide a focus for prioritizing
options for moving forward.
• Understand what differenti-
ates yourself from others in
the marketplace so that you
can more effectively market
"your career brand."
What Are the Different
Parameters to Look at During
During the self-exploration
phase, you might want to con-
sider evaluating all or some of
• Skills Inventory
• Behavioral and Communica-
• Personal brand - what differ-
entiates you from the compe-
• Entrepreneurial Propensity
• Leadership Profile
• Work-Life Balance and pre-
We can't address all of these
in this short article. Let’s look
at the three most important pa-
rameters that you should con-
1. Your Values
For me, understanding your
values is probably one of the
most important (and frankly
the least concrete) of all the
assessment parameters. Why?
Because values touch the core
of who we are, why we work,
and what we want to get out
of our work. And, if there is a
mismatch between your values
and those of the organization
for which you work, this mostly
likely will lead to career dissatis-
faction and potential illness and
Here are some questions to
• What is important to you in
your life and career?
This could include achieve-
ment, work-life balance, high
salary, giving back to the com-
munity, time for hobbies, etc.
• Which values are the most im-
portant to you?
• Can you rank this above list? If
given a choice between some
of your values, which ones
would come out on top?
• What motivates you and is im-
portant to you?
Susan Whitcomb in Job
Search Magic suggests that you
also explore "ful illment" and
"identity" by asking yourself the
• Why do you work? What is
your purpose in working?
What difference do you want
• What kind of legacy do you
want to leave?
• What gifts or strengths do you
bring to the workplace?
• Who do you become when
you do what you love to do?
• How do you define yourself ?
• Who are your role models?
What do you admire about the
work they do?
2. Your Interests and Passions
Finding things you are inter-
ested in and passionate about
most likely will lead to enjoy-
ment and success.
How can you ind what you
are passionate about and what
interests you the most? Reflect
on your past and the things to
which you have been drawn.
When you think about your
past, which types of activities
attract you? What activities do
you love to do, and would do even if
you were not getting paid, or getting
paid very little?
• Do you enjoy working with people,
data, or things?
• Are you more of a thinker or do
you prefer some form of creative
• Do you prefer to build and create
organizations? Are you more of a
• Do you like to organize things?
• Are you drawn to helping others?
• Are there any particular job titles,
or general job categories that cate-
gorize the work you like to do?
• Are there any particular industries
that attract you?
3. Your Favorite Skills
Skills are important in terms of
identifying the right work function
- the tasks and position(s) at which
you can be successful and be the
It is important to make a distinc-
tion between the skills you are good
at and those you are good at AND
from which you get the greatest sat-
The skills that give you the great-
est satisfaction, called "motivated
skills," typically lead to career satis-
faction and should be central to your
focus in career transition.
Here are some questions for you to
• In your past roles, what have you
enjoyed the most?
• Which skills gave you the most sat-
• Which skills did you like the least?
• Which activities, when you do
them, stress you out or depress
• Do you prefer to use a few skill
areas and be a specialist in one ca-
• Do you like to use a broad variety
of skills and be more of a general-
After you have asked yourself
these questions, and evaluated your
values, interests, and skills, you will
be ready to take the next step toward
career transition or reinvention.
If you really haven't gone through
this period of self-exploration, you
could be jumping into a new career
that won't be an improvement over
where you are.. This discovery pro-
cess can be involved, complex, and
even fatiguing, but it also can be illu-
minating and help guide you to the
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