Identifying Your Career Interests

Identifying Your Career Interests

If you have not yet identified what makes you tick, it’s time to figure that part out before you start looking for your first job.

Self-assessing tools

Here are some tools that you could use to help pinpoint which career is suited for your personality.

Prospects Planner
www.prospects.ac.uk/links/Pplanner

This is an invaluable online tool that helps you:

  • identify your skills and what motivates you in a job
  • research your chosen jobs in detail and help you decide on which is right for you.

As it can be used at any stage of your career, it works great as a career guidance tool to help in your career planning. You have to create a My Prospects account where you can then input your skills, interests and motivation, and personal information to match them against jobs. Job profiles will then be suggested to you as possible choices that are close matches to your ideal job. Your information will be saved so that you can revisit, review and update your profile regularly, which is essential for the results to be accurate.

MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
www.myersbriggs.org

This is a psychometric tool used to measure an individual’s preferences based on their preferences in four areas. Their completed questionnaire will produce a result which indicates the type of personality they have from a range of 16 different types. The test costs $150. Debriefing sessions are done face-to-face.

Preparing for the working world

The following is a three-year plan to help you identify your interests, and start working on the various skills you may require in securing yourself your ideal job.

In Year 1, you should...

  • attend available workshops on self-assessment to better understand your choice of career and use the results from your self-assessment to consider your interests, values, skills and motivations
  • make the best of your studies in university by participating in various extra-curricular activities to develop important and relevant skills, and meet people
  • start recording achievements for your résumé.

In Year 2, you should...

  • attend career talks to help you decide on your career choice
  • take relevant electives or extra courses to enrich your knowledge; get to know some professors or supervisors who you can work well with and invite them to be your referees
  • keep track of your personal development plan
  • attend recruitment presentations
  • reassess yourself against your career choice to see if it is a good match
  • reflect on your achievements and update and finalise your résumé; prepare your transcripts, testimonials and covering letter template; obtain reference letters from your referees
  • learn how to job-hunt and continue networking with your contacts
  • start buying interview clothes!