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Plan My Career / Manual 1 / Discover who I am / Skills Survey)

Plan My Career / Manual 1 / Discover who I am / Skills Survey)

 Plan My Career is learning resource designed to help you find focus and direction within your career, and to give you the tools you need to achieve your career goals. Please read the introduction before you start Discover who am I exercises.

Plan My Career / Manual 1 / Contents( Discover who I am / My Story So Far – Personal Style Survey – Interests Survey – Values Survey – Skills Survey – Create My Career Blueprint )

 Ex. 1 – SKILLS SURVEY

Your skills are the things that you are good at and have the ability to do well. To choose a realistic career direction, you need to be able to identify and define your skills. As skills often evolve from interests (people usually don’t take the time to develop skills in things they are not interested in), understanding your skills will likely give you an indication n of the types of careers that may be a natural fit for you.

Many people, especially those who feel they have limited work experience, underestimate their skills. To help you avoid this mistake, find a recent copy of your resume and/or look to what you wrote in My Story So Far to help you in this task. These resources may help you consider all the opportunities you have had to develop you skills. Remember, skills are acquired not only in the paid workplace. You can develop skills at school (collecting, writing, analyzing), while volunteering (supporting, guiding, organizing), in your spare time (collecting, growing, designing), and in your day-today interaction with the people around you (listening, delegating, initiating).

As you read through the following list, place a checkmark next to those words that describe what you are good at and naturally tend to do well. If there are words that you would like to use that are not listed, simply add them to the blank spaces at the end. The goal of this activity is to help you better understand where your strengths, gifts, and talents lie.

 Helping

❑ Advising              ❑ Coaching              ❑ Helping              ❑ Resolving ❑ Answering❑ Counselling❑ Instructing❑ Saving ❑ Aiding❑ Demonstrating❑ Intervening❑ Serving ❑ Arbitrating❑ Diagnosing❑ Listening❑ Supporting
❑ Assessing❑ Empathizing❑ Mentoring❑ Teaching ❑ Assisting❑ Encouraging❑ Motivating❑ _______________ ❑ Attending❑ Facilitating❑ Referring❑ _______________ ❑ Caring❑ Guiding❑ Representing❑ _______________

 Physical

❑ Adjusting❑ Constructing❑ Lifting❑ Replacing ❑ Applying❑ Cultivating❑ Loading❑ Setting. ❑ Assembling❑ Cutting❑ Locating❑ Sewing ❑ Building❑ Delivering❑ Measuring❑ Sorting
❑ Checking❑ Drilling❑ Moving❑ Spraying ❑ Cleaning❑ Driving❑ Operating❑ _______________ ❑ Collecting❑ Growing❑ Renovating❑ _______________ ❑ Connecting❑ Installing❑ Repairing❑ _______________

 Creating

❑ Acting❑ Decorating❑ Generating❑ Playing ❑ Arranging❑ Designing❑ Illustrating❑ Visualizing ❑ Carving❑ Developing❑ Imagining ❑ Performing ❑ Cooking❑ Devising❑ Improvising❑ _______________
❑ Composing❑ Drawing❑ Inventing ❑ Conceptualizing❑ Entertaining❑ Landscaping ❑ Creating❑ Founding ❑ _______________❑ _______________❑ _______________

 Financial

❑ Administering❑ Budgeting❑ Forecasting❑ Reconciling ❑ Allocating❑ Calculating❑ Inspecting❑ Reducing ❑ Analyzing❑ Checking❑ Maintaining❑ Tracking ❑ Appraising❑ Estimating❑ Ordering❑ _______________
❑ Auditing❑ Evaluating ❑ Balancing❑ Figuring ❑ Preparing❑ Projecting ❑ _______________❑ _______________

 Researching

❑ Analyzed❑ Designing❑ Interpreting❑ Summarizing ❑ Assessing ❑ Diagnosing ❑ Investigating ❑ Surveying ❑ Clarifying ❑ Evaluating ❑ Organizing ❑ Theorizing ❑ Collecting ❑ Examining ❑ Planning ❑ _______________
❑ Compiling❑ Extracting ❑ Developing ❑ Focusing  ❑ Reviewing ❑ Preparing ❑ _______________❑ _______________

 Communicating

❑ Corresponding ❑ Formulating ❑ Negotiating ❑ Translating ❑ Debating ❑ Influencing ❑ Persuading ❑ Writing ❑ Drafting ❑ Interpreting ❑ Promoting ❑ Motivating  ❑ Explain ❑ Moderating ❑ Recruiting ❑ _______________
❑ Editing   ❑ Speaking    ❑ _______________

 Leading/ Managing

❑ Administering ❑ Conducting ❑ Enforcing ❑ Leading ❑ Scheduling ❑ Advising ❑ Controlling ❑ Establishing ❑ Organizing ❑ Supervising ❑ Appointing ❑ Coordinating ❑ Facilitating ❑ Overseeing ❑ Strategizing ❑ Assessing ❑ Deciding ❑ Governing ❑ Prioritizing ❑ _______________
❑ Assigning ❑ Delegating ❑ Hiring ❑ Planning  ❑ Chairing ❑ Designating ❑ Initiating ❑ Recommending  ❑ Committing ❑ Directing ❑ Instituting ❑ Restructuring ❑ _______________❑ _______________❑ _______________

 Administrative / Clerical

❑ Approving ❑ Collating ❑ Organizing ❑ Sending ❑ Arranging ❑ Compiling ❑ Preparing ❑ Sorting ❑ Cataloguing ❑ Documenting ❑ Processing ❑ Tabulating ❑ Charting ❑ Filing ❑ Purchasing ❑ Typing
❑ Classifying ❑ Generating ❑ Recording  ❑ Coding ❑ Monitoring ❑ Retrieving  ❑ Updating ❑ _______________❑ _______________❑ _______________

 Physical

❑ Adjusting ❑ Constructing ❑ Lifting ❑ Replacing ❑ Applying ❑ Cultivating ❑ Loading ❑ Setting. ❑ Assembling ❑ Cutting ❑ Locating ❑ Sewing ❑ Building ❑ Delivering ❑ Measuring ❑ Sorting
❑ Checking ❑ Drilling ❑ Moving ❑ Spraying ❑ Cleaning ❑ Driving ❑ Operating ❑ Repairing ❑ Collecting ❑ Growing ❑ Renovating ❑ Installing  ❑ Connecting ❑ _______________❑ _______________❑ _______________ 

 Technical

❑ Calculating ❑ Inspecting ❑ Programming ❑ Upgrading ❑ Computing ❑ Maintaining ❑ Remodeling ❑ Troubleshooting ❑ Designing ❑ Making ❑ Solving ❑ Testing  ❑ Devising ❑ Navigating ❑ Surveying ❑ _______________ 
❑ Engineering ❑ Operating  ❑ Examining ❑ Processing    ❑ _______________❑ _______________

 Ex. 2 – SKILLS SURVEY

Take some time to read over your list of skills and make any additions or changes. Now, read it again and note the skill sets (e.g. Technical, Communication) that appear to best describe you. Keep reviewing and editing your list until you feel that you have the top five skill sets and then write this list in the box below. Use at least 5-6 of the words in each skill set to identify how this skill set defines you (e.g. Technical – analyzing, computing, designing). You will use these points to create your Career Blueprint.

 Reflecting on my Skills:

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Ex 3 – SKILLS SURVEY

Thinking about what you wrote in this section, what are some career options that you can see evolving? Try to list at least five or six. Don’t worry about being really specific or detailed at this point. This part of the exercise is designed to simply help you generate some ideas of the types of careers you would like to explore.

Careers to Explore:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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