Get to know yourself and your skills

Know yourself and your skills

Once you understand what motivates you and where your skills, strengths, and interests lie, you’ll be able to work out what kinds of jobs appeal to you (as well as ones that don’t). This knowledge also comes in handy when you’re writing your resume, filling in job applications, and even in interviews. In this blog, we’ll go through some things to figure out before you start searching for your first job.

How much time do you have available?

First things first, you’ll need to work out how much time you’re able and willing to dedicate each week. It’s important to have a clear idea of this before you start working so that you don’t over-commit yourself. Be realistic and don’t forget to take into account other obligations, as well as commuting time to and from work.

Figure out what drives you

Everyone’s motivation is different. Usually we’re motivated by combinations of things, not just one specific thing. But you might find that one motivating force drives you way more than anything else. It’s important to work out what your drivers are to start narrowing down future career options. Here are a few examples of things that motivate people:

Feedback finder 

If you enjoy being told when you’re doing a great job, or love receiving awards and prizes, it’s likely that feedback and praise is the thing that motivates you the most. If this is the case, a job where you have a mentor to guide you and answer any questions could make you feel more secure and be rewarding.

Giving back

If you’re generous, enjoy contributing to your community in any way you can, and want to make the world a better place, think about industries and careers where you can help out and make valuable contributions to people’s lives.

People person 

Does being around people help you to feel energised and happy? You might have a large social circle, feel comfortable in all kinds of situations, or love a chat with people of any age. Social specialists gain fulfilment from interactions with other people and thrive in social situations, so look for work that lets you connect with others.


You love being a part of a community, whether it’s for sports, culture, religion, or lifestyle. Upholding your community’s traditions and values are a source of pride and make you feel great about yourself and your contributions. You could look for jobs where you’ll play an important role in a community that you’re passionate about (either upfront or behind the scenes).

Financially focused

Money has an impact on many aspects of our lives, not just which job we choose. So if your priority is how much you’re going to be paid (which is totally OK), you’ll need to look for careers where there’s lots of earning potential – including opportunities for promotion, making commission, or perhaps building your own successful business.

Know your Career Cluster

The Career Clusters are a different way of thinking about which jobs will help you feel happy and satisfied out in the world of work. Learning about your strengths, skills, and values could help work out a pathway that’s right for you.

There are six Career Clusters:

Within each Cluster, you’ll find people who share a set of duties, core skills and abilities, work environments, and common outcomes. You’ll also find people from each Cluster in every industry, which means you can find a pathway that’s right for you, no matter which Cluster you fall in.

Knowing where you fit could also make it easier to look beyond the most popular jobs in each industry and understand the diversity of jobs on offer.

Identify your core skills

Your soft skills are what can help you succeed at work and in life. Employers value them as highly as any qualification.

Everyone has all core skills to some degree, but like motivators and Career Clusters, we’re all strong in different areas. Knowing your strengths and working on developing your skills in other areas could transform how you perform and how appealing you’ll be to potential employers.

Knowing your core skills and being able to provide evidence or examples of them will also be invaluable when you’re writing resumes, submitting job applications and going into interviews.

Ready to start your search?

Remember, nobody knows you and your skills better than yourself. Once you know what makes you happy and what you’re good at, you’re ready to start your job search.

Looking for more tips? Grab a copy of the Getting a Job Guide, or read more blogs on our website.

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