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The world of me: understanding your own interests, passions and abilities

Our careers form an integral part of who we are and how happy we are. It shapes our identity, our networks, our lifestyles and our futures. Choosing the right career is one of the most important decisions you will make and will have a direct influence on your future hapiness. People who find the right careers are likely to be happier and as a result their lives tend to be more fulfilled on all levels.

Self-insight and understanding is the first step towards choosing the right career. You need to know who you are, what you like or don’t like, what you want and ultimately what will give meaning to your life.

There are a multitude of aspects to take into account when deciding upon a career, including your own unique strengths and abilities, the needs and opportunities of the external environment and the realistic possibilities that exist within your current circumstances. The first aspect mentioned is what I would like to focus on today. I like to take on a whole person approach when helping my clients understand their own talents, personality and interests. This requires them to think about all aspects of themselves (see graph below).

Self-discovery (whole person)

There are a wide variety of assessment instruments that could help you tap into the areas listed above. These assessments include personality assessments, vocational interest assessments, career value assessments and ability assessments. The greater your awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes, your passions and interests and your values and motivations, the more likely you are to choose the right career.

To help you on your journey towards self-discovery, I’ve included a short activity to get you started:


Answer the questions below to gain some insight into your own personality:

  1. How would you describe yourself to someone who you have never met? (what are the aspects of yourself that come to mind first?)
  2. How would your closest family and friends describe your personality?
  3. How would someone that’s just got to know you describe you?
  4. When you’re very tired, how do you get energised again?
  5. When receiving new information, how do you process this information?
  6. What do you focus on when making difficult decisions?
  7. How do you plan and organise your life?

If you’re keen on understanding your unique personality, preferences, interests and abilities , please click here for more information on how I can assist.

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