Complete a Self Evaluation
Your strengths are what bring you success in the workplace. It is essential to articulate your top strengths by conducting career self-assessments. You will have better direction and ideas for your career by understanding your strengths, interests, competencies and motivations.
According to recent Gallup Surveys, only 33% of the workforce is ‘engaged’. These are people who wake up and look forward to going to work, enjoy their day and feel successful. Knowing yourself is key to identifying a job/career that will make you feel successful and get you excited about going to work each day. Not only will this benefit you, but recent studies by Gallup show that employees who know their strengths are 4.8 times more likely to know what’s expected of them at work and 6.1 times more likely to believe that they can do what they do best. Gallup studies also show that engaged organizations have 3.9 times the earnings per share (EPS) growth rate compared to organizations with lower engagement in the same industry.
Over the first semester, many assessments will be done in PACE and other classes in addition to the DISC, Career Leader and Reflect which you’ll be doing this summer. These assessments will help you look inward at your strengths, personality, leadership qualities and accomplishments and help to identify areas for professional development. They will also provide tools to help you apply this material to your career development.
Take the time to find a job that you’re excited about and in which you will be fully engaged. You will feel better about what you do and so will your boss. This step is complete when you clearly articulate your strengths, accomplishments, likes, dislikes and have identified areas for professional development.
To do items:
- Complete Career Leader and examine your interests and values. Consider the values/motivators listed in this section. (Email Judy if you forgot your login information for Career Leader)
- Complete Reflect. Review your profile and examine your traits and areas for professional development. (Watch for an email from Judy with your Reflect access information)