What Is a Self Assessment?

A self assessment is the first step in the Career Planning Process. During it one uses a variety of tools, sometimes erroneously referred to as career tests, to gather information about himself or herself. The purpose of obtaining this data is to use it to find occupations that are a good fit for the individual. People sometimes work with career development professionals who can help them with this.

In order to be effective, a self assessment must take into account an individual's values, interests, personality and aptitudes. Let's take a look at the types of tools you can use to accomplish this.

Value Inventories

Value inventories measure how important different values are to you. Examples of these values, which play an important role in one's job satisfaction, include autonomy, prestige, security, interpersonal relationships, helping others, flexible work schedule, outdoor work, leisure time and high salary.

Interest Inventories

The questions in an interest inventory ask about your likes and dislikes regarding various activities. The premise of this self assessment tool is that people who share similar interests will also enjoy the same type of work. Examples of interests are reading, running, playing golf and knitting.

Personality Inventories

A personality inventory looks at an individual's traits, motivational drives, needs and attitudes. A very popular one is The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). A qualified person such as career development professional or psychologist must administer it.
个性评定包括个人性格,动机,需求和态度。其中有一个很有名的个性测试叫做Myers-Briggs Type Indicator。像职业发展专家或心理学家等符合资格的人都必须主导这个测试。

Aptitude Assessment

Aptitude tests can help you figure out what your natural talents are. One may have an aptitude for math or writing or may have manual dexterity or good spatial abilities, for example. It is important to keep in mind that even if you have an aptitude for something, that doesn't mean you will automatically like it. When you are choosing a career, pick one that requires skills that you have and that you enjoy using.