Step 1 - Know Yourself

The first step in career exploration is discovering who you are. You do that by identifying your values, interests, and skills. This information will give you a foundation for making your career and life decisions. You need to know what you want in your work and life, and what you have to offer a prospective employer.

Ask yourself

  • What is important to me?
  • What do I do well?
  • What skills have I developed?
  • What type of work environment would I like to be in?
  • What are my current career priorities?
  • What is my desired work/life balance?

The constantly changing work world means that you must continually ensure your “marketability.” By going through the process of identifying your skills, aptitudes, and abilities you will...

  • have a better understanding of what you have to offer potential employers
  • recognize your own strengths and preferences
  • identify any additional education and training that is required to reach your goals

There are a number of online tools to help you understand yourself better, and to offer suggestions of occupations that might be a good match for you. Visit our

Career Quizzes

section to explore.


Remember, your interests and values will evolve over time and your career should adapt to accommodate those changes.  The more you understand yourself, the better prepared you will be to make your career work for you.

Sometimes it can help do write things down.  Our Work Values Assessment can help you in identifying the types of occupations that might be a good fit for you.  Try this values exercise as a starting point for determining some of your values as they relate to work.  An example has been given to help you get started.

Once you feel you have a good sense of who you are and what you are looking for, you will want to explore

Step 2 - Know What is Out There.