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Know Thyself

What drives you?  What does work provide you?  If you went back in time and choose a different career, what direction would you have gone and why? What's on your future goals list? Your stop-doing list? Do you want of more responsibility? Do you want to get better at your current work? 

A greater understanding of the self can prevent many job-related headaches now and in the future.  Here we offer you assessments, inventories, and exercises to help dig deeper into your relationship with your work.  

Practicing self-awareness will help you stay connected to what you do, as well as help you make choices down the road.

Assessments

Below are three distinct approaches you can use to gain a new self-perspective:

  • StrengthsFinder
  • The Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
  • The Holland Code

Each has their own feel and it's worthwhile to see which is the best fit for you.

Exercises

The Career Tracks Exercise and the Personal Mission Statement exercise will help you in different ways.  The career tracks exercise will help you gather data on jobs that interest you, and then how you can use this information as a guiding light throughout your careers.  Creating a personal mission statement will help you combine a list of values and priorities into a flowing statement of work-life intent.  That may sound daunting, but don't worry you can do it.

Additionally you'll find some pages with extra resources and options.  These assessments, exercises, and activities are just but a sampling of what the career-development world has to offer.  

Recommended Starting Points

We've laid out the activities in a suggested order.  Starting with the most popular segments, this is also the most logical order to go through these segments.