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Market Yourself

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Learning about myself


Having a clear picture of your unique talents, interests, values and skills will be the base of your
career-planning journey.

Tips for completing self-assessments:

• read instructions carefully


• be honest
• remember it’s not a test – there are no right or wrong answers. If you do not answer self-
assessment questions honestly and accurately, you will end up with information that will
not be helpful to you in your career planning.

1. Work/Life Experiences

Your work and life experiences help shape who you are and may include:

 hobbies
 sports or other leisure activities
 volunteer work
 paid work
 travel
 unpaid work

When you review these activities, you may begin to see patterns or themes. These patterns can help to
set you apart from other job seekers with similar work experience or education. For instance, you may
notice that your life /work related experiences, involve a high level of challenge, or problem solving, or
dealing with people, or customer service, etc.
Activity
Use the space provided to list your work/life experiences (ex: management training, customer service,
soccer coach, volunteering, etc.). Look at your list – do you see any patterns or similar roles (ex:
leadership roles)? If yes, use a variety of coloured highlighters to identify patterns (ex: highlight all
leadership roles in yellow).

1. Art Exhibition Organizer at Al Najma Club for 3 years


2. Photographer at the IFBB bodybuilding ad physique competitions
3. Participated in Comic conventions for 3 years
4. Created the first Bahrani super Hero
5. Had a Not Art Exhibition at Sonder Café
6. Interned at Picasso House design agency
7. Interned at Vibe Media Design agency
8. Worked part time at Photonia studio for photography and video
9. Did photography and live event covering work for local indie bands in Bahrain

Think about how the experiences you listed could relate to your career. Are there any experiences that
could lead to paid employment? Highlight those in a different colour.

2. Learning Experiences

Your education and learning experiences shape the type of work that you are able to do. These
experiences could include formal schooling (ex: general education development, high school, college,
university). They could also include informal education and training (ex: professional development,
courses, seminars, workshops). Be sure to consider learning you’ve done through your life experiences
(ex: volunteering, on-the-job training, family life).

Activity
Use the table provided on the next page to list your education experiences (courses completed,
professional development workshops).
Formal learning 1. IGCSE
Diploma
2. IB Diploma
3. Polytechnic
Visual
Design

Informal learning 1. Youtube


videos
2. Lynda
Courses

1. Be a better
Learning goals? and more
efficient
designer
2. Have more
artistic and
writing
skills

3. Personal Attributes
Everyone has characteristics and personality traits that make them unique. These form their personality
or personal style. Knowing your style preferences will help you to choose an occupation or work
environment where you can be yourself and be appreciated for who you are. Although you may
sometimes need to work in situations where you can’t totally be yourself, it’s hard to keep this up long
term.

There are lots of different assessments available to help you determine your personality preferences or
personal style. Some common assessments include:

• Personality Dimensions®
• Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®

Activity
Use the space provided to list five to 10 of your strongest personal attributes.
1. Time manager
2. Leadership skills
3. Good visualizer
4. Quick Learner
5. Flexible with multiple tasks
6. Conversationalist
7. Objective
8. Punctual
9. Passionate
10. Honest

4. Work Values
Knowing and understanding what’s important to you about work will help you to choose an
occupation and a work environment that matches your values. Are you most concerned with earning
enough money to pay your bills or advancing your skills and experience?

Based on the work values activities you have done in class list below your top five work-related values.
Explain briefly why they are important to you.

1. Honesty- An honest workplace that is held responsible for their actions creates a more
efficient, accessible and comfortable workplace that feels welcoming and healthy.
2. Independence- Having team members that only ask for help as a last resort considering
they have researched; used google and youtube- to find a solution helps in a flexible
work environment
3. Punctuality- When everyone comes on time it shows that every worker values the work
they do and motivates everyone else to do the same.
4. Relationships – Having a work environment that feels like a family outside of home helps
in crafting a healthy environment.
5. Recognition – When everyone is awarded accordingly to their tasks and work it hekps in
motivating everyone to do better and not slack off.

5. Skills

Skills – or abilities – are things that you are able to do. Some skills are job-specific and can be used in
only one line of work. Skills that can be used in many occupations are known as transferrable skills.
You may have developed these skills in school, on the job, volunteering or through life experiences. In
your career journey, you might hear about “soft” skills and “hard” skills. Soft skills are sometimes called
“employability” skills. These are the skills you need to enter, stay in and progress in the world of work.

Activity

Access this link https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillsinventory.html to analyze our employability


skills and follow the instructions to complete the table below:

1. Choose 5 skills that you currently have and provide a brief statement as evidence of your claim

2. Choose 3 skills that you need to develop and that are relevant to the job you would like to do in
the future. Explain briefly how you plan to develop those skills

Skills I have Evidence Skills I need to Development plan


develop
Artistic and design My paintings drawings and Having a better Studying from famous designers
designs structure and and artists as well as using online
understanding of classes .
form
Reading I’m a quick reader that averages Pacing myself as Studying efficient ways of reading
1 book a week which helps with reading a lot and not and managing my time between
researching information in my doing much can affect researching and practical work
design projects the research to
implementation ratio

Conversationalist Being able to keep up with I need to be a better Practice listening more, wait an
clients wants, needs, demands listener as some average of 5 seconds before
and giving out proper solutions problems can be fixed speaking in case someone wants to
to the problems sooner add information that could be
crucial.

Endurance I have worked for long hours Have better work Going to the gym and having a
covering events or working agility so I can be healthier diet while not being too
overtime while maintaining my more efficient and not rough on myself
health. lose much energy and
focus while working

Punctuality I show up on time most of the


time at work as I record when I
arrive and leave on the card

Honesty Being honest at the job you’re


doing is important so
communication between team
members is flexible

Creativity Being an artist helps me in


coming up with new and fresh
concepts

Knowledgeable Being a person interested in so


many things even tiny obscure
things that don’t seem to be in
my forte helped in gaining clients
trust and working on new
projects that require a lot of
research time such as old local
artists or figures.

6. Career Interests

Paste below your Career Voyage Interest Profile.

InterestGuideReport.
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