Take a look at yourself

Looking at yourself - self assessment -  is the first stage in career planning.

What is important to you when considering careers?  What are your interests, personality traits, and motivations?  The more you know about yourself, the more likely you are to be able to identify careers which suit you and make the most of your strengths.  

Are particular values or views important to your work?

What tools can you use to get a better picture of yourself?

  • Prospects Planner is a computer aided careers guidance programme available at higher education Careers Services which asks you a series of questions to determine your skills, motivations and interests.  It then creates a personal profile for you.  What job would suit me? is a simplified version of Prospects Planner available on the Prospects Graduate web

  • The Windmills Career Management Programme helps you work through the issues you need to consider when making career decisions

  • Balance Sheet is a simple way to evaluate the things you have already done

  • The information resources for this section provide links to useful exercises which will help you explore and clarify these key facets of yourself. 

Enter your findings into the Career options grid

Do you have a dream job?

Check it out - it may be more realistic than you think.  Read on for sources of information about occupations, and remember that you can use Prospects Planner to compare your own profile with any job in the database - regardless of whether it's listed on your printout of possible career options.

If your dream job is likely to remain a dream, try to break it down into component parts.  What appeals to you about the job?  What are the most attractive elements?  Can some of these elements be found in other, more realistic jobs?

Add this information to the Career options grid.