Your Values, Interests & Skills

Your Values, Interests & Skills

Values

Values are a set of principles that motivate every decision you make. Values originate from a variety of sources, including families, personal experiences, and cultural context. Clarifying your values and understanding how they connect to various work environments will help you identify meaningful work.

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Interests

Consider your interests in a variety of contexts–recreational, professional, and academic. What do you like to do for fun? What was your favorite summer job or volunteer activity? What classes do you seek out when creating your schedule? All of these are related to your interests and may be relevant when thinking about potential careers. Try the following exercise to help clarify your interests.

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Skills

Many of the skills you have acquired over the course of your life – from jobs, internships, classes, hobbies, volunteer experiences, sports, almost anything – are transferable to the world of work. Understanding and articulating your skills is an essential part of developing a career plan, writing cover letters, and interviewing with employers. The following exercise will help you recognize your transferable skills.

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Personality

Personality refers to your inherent traits, including the way you like to gather information, make decisions, work with others, and organize your everyday life. Just as most people have a preference for right-handedness or left-handedness, they also have a favorite way of organizing information and making decisions. When you understand your personality, you can make career decisions

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