This is the first stage of an exciting process! The Career Evolution model has many strategies and resources to help you create your best life and career path.
In the Self Discovery stage, we have listed activities you can do to become more self-aware. It is important to be able to articulate what your skills, interests, values and personal characteristics are - you don't want to be stuck in a job that makes you unhappy.
We don't often think about what we enjoy doing and why that is, or what we have learned from our past experiences (both good and bad). After all, your career will be where you spend most of your time - you want to be doing what is right for you.
- Think about the schooling, jobs and volunteer experiences you’ve had in the past, up to today. Make a list of at least 5, listing what you enjoyed (and why) and what you didn’t like – be specific. You will likely find a pattern. For example, you may find you like working with children, one on one. You don’t like being in a structured classroom setting and are most happy when outdoors. So now what? Brainstorm jobs that include what you have described.
- Similar to the activity listed above, complete a Your Lifeline form, where you can write down your past experiences and find similarities in what you liked and what you didn't. This is a valuable opportunity to look at what you've done in the past, and apply to your future job opportunities. If you didn't enjoy working in an office in the past, consider avoiding a position like that in future.
- An activity to help identify your values at work is a Card Sort. This is a simple opportunity to review what you most value in a work environment, and to consider this when looking for future jobs.
- Complete a SWOT analysis - identify your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. This is a business approach to consider your next career move. It is very effective in identifying where you are at, and where you need to be.
- Review the learning objectives in your course syllabus. These are provided at the start of each course, and are a fantastic resource for you to clarify what it is, exactly, you are learning. You can use this information in future, when speaking to an employer how what you learned is relevant to the job you want.