Do you know yourself?

If you’re looking for career direction inspiration and coming up blank, it could be that you just need to get to know yourself better. Human beings are complex creatures with a variety of influencing factors and criteria that impact the work we choose to do day to day. If you don’t know what your values, skills, and priorities are right now, how can you make an informed decision about what you want to do next?

It’s for this reason that the Career Centre website includes Knowing yourself tools. All the tools are free to use and they are designed to help you begin thinking about what it is that makes you tick, and what your needs are for your career development journey.

Please note that we said: begin thinking! Using a set of tools alone is not enough to fully understand the direction you want to take. It is merely a framework to begin your personalised exploration of what it is you really value and want to take part in over the course of your career. Also note that people change! What you wanted at fifteen will undoubtedly be different to what you want at 25, 35, 45 and beyond. It’s worth regularly checking in with yourself as you progress throughout your career.

If you’ve worked through our career development tools and want to talk to someone about your results and what you could do next, you can contact us. Our senior career development officers can give you impartial, Western Australian-specific advice at any age and any stage of your career.

Match your career to your values

A fulfilling career is built on many different underlying factors. If you enjoy using particular skills, such as photography or public speaking, researching careers that use those skills can be a useful activity. However, a satisfying career is not built just on skills alone. It’s also important to consider how your career aligns with your values.

If you feel it is important to be connected with and contributing to your local community, some careers will make this easier for you than others. If you value order, you may find the day to day of some occupations far too chaotic! When considering a future career or career change, be sure to think about whether it will align to your values. If you can, speak to someone already working in that profession to learn more about what you might expect.

Not sure what your values are, or which are most important to you? We have a free values card sort tool which allows you to rate a series of values, producing a report at the end that clearly outlines which values are the most and least important to you. And remember, as you move into different stages of your life your values may change. Even if you have considered them in the past, it may be worth reviewing them to see if you are still pursuing what is most important to you as the person you are today.