Identifying your competences
Self-awareness is a key starting point for your future career path. Self-awareness refers to knowing yourself. You can increase your self-awareness by being aware of your own behavior, feelings, thinking and actions. Increased self-awareness also supports your well-being and it increases your self-esteem. You can learn self-awareness through practice. The following questions serve as an example of how to get started:
- What is your personality like?
- What do you think about yourself?
- What are your strengths?
- What kind of skills and competencies do you have?
- What are your values?
- How do you face and deal with success and failure?
- What do you hope to develop in your personality?
- What are your goals for your future work career?
Knowledge and competencies
Self-awareness helps you understand deeper your own knowledge and competencies. Each of us has a variety of skills that we have accumulated in different areas of our lives, such as hobbies, summer jobs, studying, or working in a student association. It is important to take into account all previous experiences and interests when mapping your skills, as these can also be useful in working life. Competencies consists of knowledge and skills, as well as your personal attributes.
As you map down your own skills, look at your own strengths: what skills do you have, what hopes and needs do you have for the future and working life, and what kind of things do you value?
We are trying to achieve different things in the world of work, in line with our personal values. The values guide our orientation and goal setting, and they influence our decision-making.
Career planning skills
Self-knowledge and the recognition of your own skills and strengths are part of your career planning skills. Career planning also requires knowledge of education, different professions and employment opportunities, as well as the ability to make and implement decisions about your career and future. Career planning skills are part of continuous learning, and they develop further throughout your life.
We do not choose a career definitively at any stage. Instead, we built our career as a continuum of choices, transitions, experiences and situations throughout life.
Career planning skills certainly help you set goals and guide your own career path, but a coincidence may also help you by chance. Be ready for unexpected opportunities! Not all situations can be predicted, and some unexpected situations may turn out to be very useful for your career.
After that, continue to identify and visualize your expertise with the video Self-branding.