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Career Services Center

Holthusen Hall, First Floor
1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7423
Fax: (414) 288-5302
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Identify your interests, skills, and work values

In order to decide which career field is most suitable for you, we must first determine your preferences. Self-assessment is a very important step in helping you identify majors and careers that might be a good fit. After all, how can you find what you are seeking if you don’t know what it looks like?

An interest is something on which you like to expend energy.  Understanding interests can help us think about the types of work-related activities we might find enjoyable.  So, how do we go about determining interest?  Think about what you like to do in your spare time.  What kinds of activities are you drawn to?  List them here.

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By making a list of skills, you can begin to recognize more career influences. Skills refer to personal attributes, talents, or abilities that you bring to a job or that you acquire by doing a job or by some form of learning. So, how do we go about determining skills? Ask your friends and family members what they think your strengths are.  Think about past evaluations from positions you have held in the past.  List them here.

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Work Values
The following is a list of work values that many people have identified as being important to them in their careers. These values describe a wide variety of attributes associated with various work settings.  Rate the degree of importance in choosing a career for yourself using the scale below. 

Not important at all
Somewhat important
Reasonably important
Very important

___    Help society: Do something to contribute to a better world

___    Help others: Be involved in helping others in a direct way

___    Work with others: Close working relationships with a group

___    Competition: Pit my abilities against others with win/lose outcomes

___    Work under pressure: Face situations with time constraints or where quality of my work is judged critically

___    Power and authority: Control work activities of others

___    Influence people: Be in a position to change attitudes or opinions of others

___    Work alone: Conduct work by myself, without contact with others

___    Knowledge: Pursue knowledge, trust, and understanding

___    Personal growth: Engage in work that offers me the opportunity to grow as a person

___    Creativity: Engage in creative work; art, design, event planning, interior design, writing, performing, etc.

___    Variety: Have responsibilities that offer variety in content or setting

___    Stability and security: Have a work situation that is predictable, with probability that I can keep my job

___    Recognition: Be recognized for the quality of my work

___    Excitement: Experience a high degree of excitement at work

___    Profit gain: Have a strong possibility of earning large amounts of money

___    Location: Work in a place near my home, with a short drive or bus ride

___    Fun: Work in a setting where I am free to be playful, humorous, and exuberant

___    Autonomy: Have responsibilities that allow me freedom to determine how and when work is accomplished

___    Status: Have a position that carries respect within the community

___    Advancement: Have the opportunity to work hard and see rapid career advancement

___    Productive: Produce tangibles, things I can see and touch

___    Aesthetic: Create things that are beautiful and contribute to making the world more attractive

___    Achievement: Experience a feeling of accomplishment for a job well done

___    Environment: Work in a pleasant, clean, comfortable setting

___    Supervision: Work as part of a team that is managed with fairness and appreciation

Identify what most satisfies you about work by selecting work values that are the most important to you and list them in the space below.

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The Career Services Center offers several individual activities for interests, skills, and work values identification.  Make an appointment with a career counselor for more information.