Self-assessment is the first step to a successful job search or career transition. When you take the time to evaluate who you are and what you value, you embark on the path to identifying a satisfying career path. Self-assessment will help you determine and/or identify your:
- Core values
- Communication style
- Work style
- Learning preferences
- Unique gifts/strengths (skills)
- Personal and professional goals
- Life balance
Often people want to jump to the research phase of the job search, but in order to complete a successful research you need to identify what's most important to you in regards to your life and career so that you can make informed decisions.
Even if you think and believe you have a clear idea about what your objectives are, self-assessment can help you solidify your decisions and/or provide you with language to talk about yourself and your career goals in a compelling way. In other words, self-assessment is never a waste of time.
What you wanted from your career a few years (or even a few months) ago might not be the same thing you want today because your life experiences could have altered your perception or interests (like taking that amazing Marketing class or starting a family). Being clear about what you know, value, want, and expect from a career is key to conducting an effective job search. Furthermore, if you are considering a career transition, you need to understand why you are no longer satisfied with your career and identify what needs to change. Self-assessment can help you understand why you are seeking a transition and what type of opportunities you are more inclined to and excited about.
A good self-assessment will kick-start your successful job search or career transition. To help you with this critical first step we are providing you with a list of resources and self-assessment tools. Understand who you are will help you explore and understand the career choices that will be a good fit for you.
CareerLeader is an assessment too designed specifically for business leaders and students. This is a three-part assessment with a 360 component that helps you determine your interest, motivators and skills to help you determine how you should approach a career in business. It also takes into account what type of organizational culture would be a good fit for you based on your results.
You may purchase access to CareerLeader through the Simmons College Bookstore (about $27). You can find CareerLeader under the course materials for Leading Individuals and Groups.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
MBTI is a self-assessment tool design to help you understand how you perceive the world and make decisions. MBTI is primarily concerned with highlighting your particular personality traits and suggests work environments and careers that may be a good fit for you.
To complete the MBTI, visit https://www.mbticomplete.com/contents/learnmore.aspx (cost $49.95).
- More Than Money Careers (MTMC)
MTMC is grounded in brain plasticity research and over 30 years of experience with values-driven leaders in CSR, sustainable business and for profit social enterprises. Through the partnership between MTMC and the CSO, you get access to their 12 career modules that will help you get clear, get connected, and get hired! These modules are designed to help you compete for well paying career opportunities that leverage your education and honor your values. From determining what your passions are, to how they can manifest themselves in your life and career, to identifying SOM alumnae/i in your area of interest, these modules are an incredibly rich and valuable self-assessment and career planning resource.
To register for MTMC, visit http://www.mtmc.co/index.php?/register/Simmons.
You must be a Simmons SOM student or alum to register.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 utilizes the Clifton model to help you discover and describe your top 5 talents (or strengths) so that you can start thinking about your career in a way that will allow you to do what you naturally excel at and enjoy doing.
To access this assessment tool you need to purchase the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 from your favorite bookstore. Each book comes with a unique access code that you redeem online to complete a test. The test results will reveal your top talents or strengths and the book will then help you understand what each of your strengths mean and guide you through the process of creating an action plan that utilizes these talents.
- Talentoday is a unique, free online career guidance experience. It allows you to easily assess your core soft skills and motivations, and immediately discover what job profiles fit your personality best. Talentoday was created with professional counseling experts following the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. You can access Talenttoday for free by visiting https://www.talentoday.com/.
- Other Resources
Go to Career Connect and visit the Career Resources Library to get access to worksheets, videos, guides and more.
Self-assessment is an ongoing process. It is important that from time to time you revisit what your values and objectives are. A thorough understanding of self is the necessary foundation for all good career decisions as you pursue your degree career goals.