Self Awareness

Before you can choose a major or career path, it is important to know who you are and what is important to you. Use these Action Guides to increase your understanding of your strengths, interests, values, skills, and identity, and reflect on how this information relates to your choice of major.

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SA1 - Strengths Quest Assessment

Purpose

The purpose of this Action Guide is to help you identify your natural strengths and to help you reflect on how your strengths can aid you in your major and career exploration.

Description

The StrengthsQuest (SQ) is an online assessment of 34 strengths and talents; each report includes your top five Signature Themes. The SQ was designed for college students. According to the SQ, being aware of your talents can help build confidence and may lead to greater satisfaction in school, work, and other relationships. This handout provides key definitions related to the SQ and includes several exercises. This Action Guide will take 15-45 minutes to complete.

SA2 - Identifying Skills

Purpose:

The purpose of this Action Guide is to help you identify your own current set of skills as well as the skills required of various professions.

Description:

Many students are unaware of, or underestimate, their skills. Students also are often unsure of the skills required for various academic majors or career paths. The word “skill” is defined as “a learned power of doing something competently: a developed aptitude or ability” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2010). A skill (also known as a competency) is different from a personality trait or innate quality.

SA3 - Strong Interest Inventory

Purpose:

The purpose of this Action Guide is to better understand your major- and career-related interests.

Description:

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) can help you discover your interests and evaluate your options for selecting a college major or career field. The SII is based on the idea that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work in jobs or at tasks that match their interests. It identifies six interest areas: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC). Your results profile contains a lot of information to help you understand your interests. However, it is necessary to take some active steps in order to narrow your options for majors and careers. To take the Strong Interest Inventory, first schedule an appointment with a CAPE Coach.

SA4-Identifying Values

Purpose:

This Action Guide will help you identify your core values and begin to prioritize what is most important to you.

Description:

Values refer to your priorities for your life and career – in other words, what is most important to you. Some common values include prestige, money, achievement, recognition, creativity, and autonomy. Many students are unaware of their core values; others experience a situation in which their core values are not aligned with their career path (i.e. a person values money and compensation but is drawn to a career in a lower-paying industry). Being aware of your core values may help you identify your goals and prioritize how you spend your time.

SA5-Family, Cultural & Identity Influences

Purpose:

This Action Guide will help you identify and explore the influence of family, culture, and personal identity on your major and career planning.

Description:

Your experience of family, culture, and identity can all play influential roles in shaping academic and career choices. Keep in mind that “culture” can encompass a broad range of categories that define how individuals identify themselves in relation to their society – these categories can include ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, language, race, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or class, and other dimensions.

SA6-This I Believe - Affirm Your Values

Purpose

The purpose of this activity is to gain a deeper understanding of one core value or belief that guides your daily life.

Description

This I Believe, Inc., is an independent organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about core values. This I Believe is based on a 1950's radio program of the same name. Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller and Harry Truman are just a few of the individuals who have contributed to the collection of essays. To this day, individuals across the nation write their own personal essays and share with their loved ones.