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Who Are You?

Self-assessment is the foundation on which you build your future.
Who are You?
To make sure that you have an accurate picture of who you are in relation to the world of work, it is important that you explore each of the following constructs:


Each person is unique, especially where personality traits are concerned. Are you, for instance, a person who is more extraverted or introverted? Do you consider yourself more detail-oriented or more of a big-picture thinker? Understanding these and other personality traits will help you to identify the careers in which you will have the most likelihood of personal and professional satisfaction. Assess your personality by using CareerBeam or by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.


Have you noticed that even your closest friends sometimes are not interested in the same campus activities, classes, hobbies, or TV shows as you? That’s because each person’s interest preferences is unique to them. Better understanding the things that you are most excited about will help you to choose a career path that will best maintain your attention, energy, and fulfillment. Assess your interests using CareerBeam, the O*Net Interest Profiler, or the Strong Interest Inventory.


Do you most value prestige and power, or harmony and helping? Do you value leisure time or would you rather spend your time working towards work-related goals? Understanding your personal values (what you deem as most important in your personal life) and work values (what you deem as most important in your work) will help ensure that you choose a career path that will echo the things you feel most strongly about. Assess your values using CareerBeam.

Multicultural and Special Populations

People are unique in all sorts of ways - not just in terms of personality, interests, values, skills, abilities, and passion(s). As you think about yourself and your place in this world, also take time to reflect upon the ways that your gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexual-orientation, and religion might have shaped who you are and what you care most about. These are not necessarily things that you will share openly with others, but it will provide you with a stronger foundation moving forward in your career planning process. 


Though your Colgate education has the potential to open many doors, knowledge of a particular subject is not enough to impress employers. It is becoming increasingly critical for you to be able to articulate the skills that you have gained while participating in your education, extracurricular activities, and internships. Skills demonstrate your ability to perform a task effectively, and could include things like problem-solving, quantitative analysis, written and verbal communication, project management, and event planning – to name a few. Understanding what skills you have to offer employers will help you to market yourself better, and also allow you to choose a career path best suited to your strengths. Make sure that you take stock of your skills regularly to identify your current strengths along with areas requiring additional development. Assess your skills using the CareerOneStop Skills Profiler.


As with skills, understanding your abilities will help ensure that you choose a career path best suited to your strengths. Abilities indicate your capacity to perform a task – whether by natural talent or acquired through training and study. Assess your abilities using the O*Net Abilities Profiler.


Though it might seem odd to use the word “passion” when thinking about career choice, the truth is that being passionate about what you do is one of the best predictors for personal and career fulfillment. You will spend approximately 40 years of your life working, so why not make sure that you enjoy the work you do? Passion isn’t as easy to assess as interests and personality; formal assessments in this area are rare. It is therefore up to you to take some time to think about the things that you care most about. Ask yourself these and similar probing questions: Which conversation topics get me most excited? Which kinds of activities allow me to lose track of time? Which causes can I really get behind? If you are unsure, ask those closest to you to brainstorm with you!