Assess Your Skills

Step 1 – Assess your skills and address the gaps:

1. Take an assessment to determine your strengths and gap areas. The assessment below is available through the OPCD.

a. Strengths Quest – Identifies your strengths in order to best utilize your talents as well as begin exploring careers based on your skill set.  An understanding of your strengths is useful as you build a resume, explore career possibilities, take on leadership roles, and apply for and interview for jobs/internships and graduate programs.  By understanding your strengths, you will be able to identify areas for improvement.

Review your assessment results for strengths and gap areas.  Make a list of the top 3-4 areas you would like to enhance.  For example, 1. Public speaking; 2.  Working in a group; and 3. Planning and coordinating events.

2. Review a job description for a knowledge, skills, and abilities section. This section lists the skills desired for the candidate to have in order to perform well on the job.  Make a list of the skills.  For example, a position description may list:

a. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, employers, alumni, and colleagues. The skills you may want to include on your list are collaboration and social/cross-cultural skills.

b. Strong communication skills, both oral and written, excellent presentation skills. The skills emphasized in this statement are oral and written communication along with delivering presentations.

3. If you need additional guidance, schedule an appointment and meet with your advisor and/or career counselor.

a. Discuss the results from the assessment.

b. Discuss the skills employers are seeking for the position.

c. Brainstorm goals and opportunities to practice the skills.