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What Are You Looking For?

Attempting to decide on a major or career without determining your priorities is like driving at night with no headlights. It is difficult to see the potential paths ahead! By reflecting on your values, interests, personality, and skills, you begin to shed some light on those paths and see the way more clearly.

Values

Values are those things in life you consider to be important – those things that make you happy. In relation to careers, values are what give purpose to the career. Living or working in ways that contradict your values can lead to dissatisfaction, confusion, and discouragement. Consider:

•How long of a distance are you willing to commute?
•What makes a job “good” from your perspective?
•How important is work/life balance?
•Are you willing to work on commission?
•How much flexibility are you looking for?
 

Interests

Job satisfaction and success is closely linked to being interested in what you do. When you choose a career that matches your overall interests, you’re more likely to enjoy your job…and be successful.

•What lights you up at your core?
•Is there something you can’t go a day without thinking about or doing?
•What are you passionate about?
•Do you enjoy activities that relate to people, data, or things?
•In what are you willing to invest time studying and learning?
 

Personality

Not only can exploring your personality help you understand your own behaviors and how you interact with others, but it can also provide you with vital insights into the type of work environment that may best suit you.

•Do you prefer to work as a part of a team or alone?
•Do you prefer harmony and support or fairness and respect?
•Do you prefer a regular routine or an ever-changing schedule?
•What types of environments fit your personal working style?
 

Skills

Your skills describe what you like to do and what you’re good at. You develop skills through training and experience.

•What are your primary abilities, talents, and strengths?
•What skills do you want to learn in college?
•Do you prefer to communicate verbally or in writing?
•Do you enjoy creative activities? Athletic activities? Problem-solving?
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