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Assess Your Values & Skills

Values

Growing up, our family’s values guide us. Part of maturing and developing a sense of identity is clarifying your own values.

What is important to you in life?

  • Family?
  • High salary?
  • Lots of leisure time?
  • Doing good in the world?

For long term satisfaction, your career choices must align with your values and priorities. To become more aware of your values, you'll want to clarify them. One way to do so is through a values clarification exercise. Your career counselor can provide additional assessment tools and assistance in exploring your values.

Skills

Take a regular inventory of your academic, personal and professional skills, and developing competencies. Are you gaining skills that employers want in their employees, such as

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • time management
  • leadership skills?

Which classes do you do best in? You can develop many valuable skills through your schoolwork, such as:

  • critical thinking
  • making decisions and solving problems
  • research
  • ability to understand concrete and abstract concepts

You can also build your professional skill tool kit through workshops and events offered by Career Services, such as Resume Writing and the Etiquette Dinner.

Informal methods of skills assessments

Utilize this skills assessment worksheet to review your skills in these and other areas:

  • Communication Skills (writing, speaking, interpersonal)
  • Teamwork and Leadership Skills
  • Analytical/Problem-solving/Critical Thinking Skills
  • Technology-related Skills (e.g., computer software)

List the performance or behavior, knowledge, or personal traits that contribute to your success in that skill area; your background and specific experiences that demonstrate your application of the skill.

Each major under "What Can I do with this Major" provides a list of skills you should be developing through your classwork. Rate your skill level on a scale of 1 – 10. At the end of each semester revisit the list and again rate your skill level. Track your ratings to assess your progress.

More information on skills

Information on skills and competencies is regularly provided through relatively formal feedback channels such as academic course exams and papers, job performance evaluations, and standardized  tests such as SAT and GRE. You can also evaluate your skills and relate them to those skills needed for jobs in a wide variety of occupations.