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Career Self Assessment Questions

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

"Know thy self" is sage advice when trying to figure out the job market. Here are a list of self-assessment questions to help you with that process.

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  • What activities absorb my attention?

  • What situations energize me?

  • What words would I use to describe myself?

  • How would others describe me?

  • What do I dream of doing, but never seem to get to?

  • What subject areas am I most passionate about?


  • What activities am I best at?

  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?

  • What skills do I want to use in a job?

  • What skills do I need to develop?


  • What personal rewards do I seek in a career? $, recognition, work/life balance?

  • In what ways must I be challenged on the job? Physically, intellectually, creatively?

  • What activities bring me greatest satisfaction?

  • In what type of work environment would I be happy? By myself? Brainstorming in a group?

Personal Traits

  • What personal qualities will help me be successful at work?

  • Am I able to get along with supervisors? Co-workers? The public?

  • Does my personal style enhance my work with people, data or things?

  • What are the work settings and job functions that interest me?

  • What can I do to explore and prepare for these options?

  • What related course work and hands on experiences would be beneficial?

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