Self-exploration is essential in uncovering and reaching your academic and career goals. By knowing yourself, you can ensure that your decisions are based on your own talents, skills, interests, and values; and not someone else’s ideas of who or what you are.
Knowing your Talents and Skills
Something is most likely a natural talent or skill if you do or learn it with little or no effort, have a strong yearning to know more about it, feel thoroughly engaged, unaware of the passing of time when you do it, feel great joy and satisfaction when you do it.
Something may not be a natural talent or skill if you think you should do it, are good at it but don’t enjoy it, can’t wait for it to be over, don’t seem to be getting any better at it. If you would like to use an electronic tool to identify your talents and skills, we recommend SkillScan.
Knowing your interests can help you make decisions about your academic goals, co-curricular activities, and career planning. To learn more about your interests consider taking one of the recommended tests and then make an appointment with an Advisor to discuss the results and your next steps.
Discovering and understanding your values enables you to determine what is important to you in a job, career, and workplace. Visit the Filene Center to complete a values worksheet and reflect on what you learn about yourself with a Career Advisor. Call 508-286-8215 to schedule an appointment.
Tools for Self-Exploration
Share your results with a Career Advisor to gain further input and ideas.
- The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II will help you learn about your “Character Type” and your fit with various kinds of work settings and careers. Purchase the Career Temperament Report.
- MAPP is an online assessment tool designed to help you to learn more about your strengths and ‘what makes you tick.’ We recommend that you purchase either the Starter Package or the Career Seeker Package.
- SkillScan online sorts your skills by competence and preference, while also having you prioritize your strengths by skill categories. Purchase a single online version.