Live & Learn: Cultivating Self-Awareness for Career Planning

by Sharon Fleshman

As we move toward the end of the semester, many of you will write papers, prepare oral presentations, or take final exams based on what you have learned over the last few months. I hope that you will look beyond the classroom to extend your learning by reflecting on activities such as group projects, extracurricular involvement, internships and field placements. Here are some questions to get you thinking about some of these activities:

  • What did you learn about yourself?
  • What energized you the most and why? What drained you the most and why?
  • What strengths and weaknesses became apparent to you and how did you act on this self-knowledge?
  • Where and how did you make the most impact?
  • What experiences made the most impact on you and how so?
  • What motivated you the most and why? How did you motivate others?
  • How have you grown through these experiences?

As you review your reflections, look for themes that highlight your skills, interests and work values as this can help you assess various career options.  You will gain self-awareness that will be pivotal not only to your professional development, but also to your job search, especially as you go on interviews and make career decisions.   

Let the learning continue!

Author: Sharon

Sharon Fleshman is the Senior Associate Director of Career Services for students in Education, Nursing and Social Policy & Practice.