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Centennial College Full-time Calendar 2018-2019

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Step 1 – Self-Assessment

Who am I?

A career is the sum total of all the work-related events and relationships throughout your life – a journey of building and using your skills, knowledge and experiences, and this doesn’t mean in one specific job. 

On average, we spend about 90,000 hours at our jobs in our lifetime, so the choices we make about our careers are very important. How we feel about our career has a major impact on our overall wellness (Rath and Hartner, 2014).

However, the world of work has changed over the last half-century, with stable and secure work changing into flexible and fluid work arrangements, which can make people nervous. (Savickas, 2011).  As a worker, you have to be able to navigate your own career and manage constant change.

The questions and exercises in this section will help you  boost your career self-management skills to make more informed decisions about program choices and navigating through your own career.

What does career success mean to you?

Think about someone you know who has a ‘successful career.’

  1. What is their career?
  2. What makes their career successful?
  3. What does that tell you about how you define career success?

How have you made career decisions in the past?

Think about how you’ve made career decisions in the past.

  1. Has your approach to your career decisions been effective?
  2. What have you learned about how you might want to approach career decisions in the future?
  3. What would you need to do to make these changes?

What career myths do you believe?

We receive all sorts of messages from the media, society, our friends and family that can perpetuate stereotypes about who is expected to perform certain roles. We might think, “Men don’t do that kind of job,” or “People from our culture don’t go into that field.” When thinking about the type of career that you want, remember to keep your options open and not limit yourself by stereotypes of that field. You may come across some great opportunities that you would have missed otherwise. Consider this:

  1. What are some career stereotypes you hold?
  2. What is an example of an occupation that you wouldn’t consider because of stereotypes you hold?

What do you want your career to be?

You might have some ideas about what direction you want your career to take and what success means to you, but you might still not be clear about your final goal. Here are some questions to get you thinking:

  1. What does your ideal life look like? 
  2. What do you want people to remember you for?
  3. What would you be doing if your bills were paid and you had unlimited cash reserves?

The answers may come to you as you keep thinking about yourself and your circumstances. This process is never complete, and will be an lifelong process.

What factors in your life influence your career?

A common piece of career advice is ‘follow your passion.’ While it’s good advice, it’s also vague. How do you find your passion? One place to start is to look at the internal and external factors that contribute to whether or not you enjoy and do well in your chosen occupations. Here’s some examples of what those factors are:

  • Internal factors: Your personality, skills, interests and values.
  • External factors: Your location, family, culture and financial situation.

By collecting information about these factors, you can evaluate different career choices. By understanding yourself better through self-assessment, you will be better able to navigate through all of life’s changes.

What do you consider to be a successful career?

Consider each question, write down your thoughts, and identify the values, interests, skills or personality traits the answer shows about you.

  1. Who is your hero or role model (either current or when you were younger)? What values do you share with this person?
  2. Do you prefer working with people, numbers and data, ideas or real-world things like animals or equipment? What does this say about your interests?
  3. What do you find easy to do that others find hard? What does this say about your strengths?
  4. How does/would your best friend describe you? What personality traits (and strengths) does this demonstrate?

What are your Happiest Life Accomplishments?

Think of the enjoyable accomplishments in your life, which means things you enjoyed doing and also did well. Select three that mattered the most to you. They can be from all parts of your life: Work, volunteering, school, your hobbies and your personal life. Look back at them and think about the values, skills, strengths, interests and personality characteristics you demonstrated in each of these experiences. What common themes keep reoccurring?

What do Online Career Assessments say?

Online career assessments aren’t perfect, but they can be helpful in giving you more information to understand yourself and give you some ideas of occupations that might interest you. 

Rate Yourself: Career Self-Management Skills

It’s important you’re able to navigate through your own career. There are four main career self-management skills you need for positive career development. The below questionnaire has been adapted from Andreas Hirschi's The Career Resources Model: An Integrative Framework for Career Counsellors. Rate yourself on these skills using a scale of one to five:

1 = strongly disagree
2 = disagree somewhat
3 = neither agree nor disagree
4 = agree somewhat
5 = strongly agree

  1. Identity Resources: These resources help you to answer the following questions: Who am I and how is my work meaningful to me? Am I aware of my interests, values and strengths?
  • I have a solid understanding of my goals, values, interests and skills.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I know what kind of work is most meaningful to me.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I understand how my past experiences and patterns will influence my future career.
    1  2  3  4  5
  1. Qualifications (Human Capital) Resources: This category relates to your employability and whether you fit specific occupational requirements, such as education, experience and skills. Am I prepared for this occupation? Is there anything missing?
  • My education is providing me with the qualifications needed for my future career.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I am participating in activities that give me relevant experiences for my future career.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I am developing my communication, critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving and other skills that employers look for when hiring.
    1  2  3  4  5
  1. Social Resources: This category represents “outside forces,” or the social support available to you, which includes your immediate network, professional organizations or mentors. Are there people who can help me learn more about the career I want to pursue? Who can I connect with to find out about opportunities in my field?
  • I have relationships with other people doing the type of work I would like to be doing.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I am part of one or two communities/ organizations/associations relevant to my field.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I can contact people in my future career field for help or advice.
    1  2  3  4  5
  1. Psychological Resources: These resources refer to motivation, confidence and resilience. Do you believe in your own ability to succeed? Are you able to bounce back from past setbacks and disappointments?
  • I am an optimistic person.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I have overcome challenges and am confident that I will be able to overcome challenges in the future.
    1  2  3  4  5
  • I believe that I have strengths and abilities that will allow me to succeed at my chosen profession.
    1  2  3  4  5

Once you have answered the questions above, ask yourself:

  • Which career self-management skill had the highest scores? This is an area of strength.
  • Which career self-management skill had the lowest scores? This is an area you might want to work on improving.

In Step 1, you have reflected on your career vision and goals as well as your strengths, motivations and interests to allow you to better navigate your own career. Continue to Step 2 to begin to research and explore fields of interest.