What’s your preferred work environment?
Sometimes, your work setting will be just as important to you as what you will be doing when you get there. Whether you are just beginning to explore career options, are in the midst of internship or job searching, or are thinking about changing jobs, taking inventory of the type of work environment that best suits you makes sense. There are a few different factors to keep in mind, such as the hours, physical space, culture, and dress – to name a few.
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What skills do you want to use in the workplace?
Just like it’s important to identify which special interests you may want to incorporate into your work, it’s equally important to consider which skills you might want to use.
There are numerous skill assessments that exist, some of which may be available for you to take, (sometimes at no cost), at your campus career center. You can also assess your skills informally by asking yourself questions like, “What do I know?” and “What can I do?” Answers to “What do I know?” are sometimes called Knowledge Skills or Hard Skills. These are skills that you learn from a particular context, such as classes for your major, and apply within the same or very similar contexts.
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Are there ways you can incorporate your special interests into your work?
As a college student exploring different career options, or as a professional thinking about changing fields, it can be helpful to take time to determine if there are any special interests that you would want to incorporate into the work that you do.
Keep in mind that you may have some interests that you want to incorporate into your professional work, and others that you decide to keep as avocational activities. For example, if you love music, you may decide that you want to explore career opportunities that allow music to be part of your work. On the other hand, you may feel that you would prefer to pursue your musical interests through hobbies, volunteering, or your spare time.
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