Effective career and life planning begins with a
firm determination of who you are. A strong sense of
self-awareness will give you the confidence you need
to plan your future. The first step is a true
understanding of yourself. Of all the people in the
world worth knowing, you should know yourself best.
When we gain better insight into ourselves, we can
see more clearly the world around us.
Self-understanding is also the first step toward
better understanding of others. When we have a sense
of who we are, we are better able to make decisions
about things that affect our lives. We are able to
make important choices concerning such things as
academic major, marriage, lifestyle and career
direction. Knowing yourself prepares you to be more
effective in making decisions and setting goals.
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"What the world needs is more people who know what
they really want to do, and who do it at their place of work as their chosen
work. The world needs more people who feel true enthusiasm for their work.
People who have taken the time to think out what they uniquely can do, and what
they uniquely have to offer the world."
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Knowing yourself prepares you to be more effective in making decisions and
setting goals. In attempting to determine where you want to go and what you want
to do, it is particularly important to determine who you are. It is vital in
career and life planning to gain a clear understanding of yourself and firm
determination of who you are.
"We were meant to work in ways that suit us, drawing on our natural talents &
abilities as a way to express ourselves & contribute to others. This work is a
key to our true happiness & self-expression."
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Who are you? Where are you going? What is the right career for you? What is the
right major? Is there a specific career for your personality type?
Think about the activities that you perform on a daily basis. Which ones are
your favorite? Which ones are you particularly good at? Which ones do you
particularly enjoy? Which ones are the most important to you? Which ones are the
most meaningful? These questions are the key to considering how you feel about
the activities you're engaged in.
Consider three aspects of all activities... Is this activity something I like to
do? (Interest)... Is this activity something I am good at doing? (skill)... Is
this activity consistent with what I believe is important? (values)...
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WHAT DO I LOVE?
The things you love to do are called interests. Interests are things you find
desirable, fun, or pleasant. Interests are activities you find enjoyable.
Interests are things you have a passion for. Identifying your interests adds
excitement and vitality to your life.
WHAT AM I GOOD AT?
Activities that you are good at doing are called skills. Skills are expressed by
ability, strength, talent, and aptitude. Skills determine expertise, competency,
proficiency, and dexterity. Skills may be defined in terms of mastery, power,
knowledge, and intelligence. Skills are oftentimes reflected in your
accomplishments, achievements, and successes. Identifying your skills increases
your sense of confidence.
WHAT DO I THINK IS IMPORTANT?
The things in life that you consider to be important are reflected in your
values. Values are expressed in beliefs, priorities, attitudes, feelings, and
principles. Values relate to your dispositions, needs, opinions, and
preferences. Values address what really matters most to you in your life and
what is essential. Clarifying values provides the criteria by which you
determine meaning and purpose in your life.
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Effective goal setting and decision making begin with a serious
consideration of one's interests, skills, and values. These personal
characteristics, when integrated with real world options, become the
starting point for career and life planning. Effective career and life
planning seeks to match your unique personality with specific job
Once you have defined the internal realm of your personality, you then
must explore the external world of your career options. Through serious
assessment of your personal traits and thorough investigation of various
job-related factors, you can effectively make a good match and find a good
Decisions and Goals
Sound decision-making and goal setting is greatly enhanced when you are
able to define the setting and circumstances in which you are the most
satisfied and productive. When you have a strong sense of self-awareness
and a broad knowledge of your options, you are better able to make
decisions about things that affect your life. You are able to make
concerning such things as academic major, activities, marriage, lifestyle,
leisure, and career direction.
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Learn more about your personality type. Explore your career options. Begin
the career planning and goal setting process. Get focused. Gather the
tools and resources you need to ensure your career success.
The UM Career Development Center offers comprehensive, professional career testing to
students seeking help in choosing the right academic major and career
path. Career testing provides students assistance in identifying their
unique personality type, affirming their strengths, and defining their
interests, skills, and values. The results of your career test, along with
an in-depth conversation with a career counselor, can provide the critical
information you need to make a good decision about your career path and
academic major. We will help you match your personality to the career path
that is the best fit for you.