Self-Assessment – The Foundation of a Successful Career Transition

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
The underpinnings of a successful career change starts with self-assessment. Here are 8 factors that go into it.

00:00 Intro
00:40 Values and passions
01:06 Skills and talents
01:24 Interests and hobbies
01:43 Personality and work style
02:01 Life goals
02:18 Feedback from others
02:35 Cultural and ethical considerations
02:56 Challenges and fears
03:12 Summary

FEELING DEPRESSED About Your Search? Struggling? Feeling Fatigued?

Before beginning a journey to a new career, it is vital for you to understand yourself thoroughly. self-assessment involves introspection and analysis, enabling you to make informed decisions about your future path. I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. People hire me for no BS job search advice and career coaching globally, because I make the process easier for people. The process of self-assessment goes beyond just knowing yourself into various aspects.

Number one, values and passions. Begin by identifying your core values and passions. what truly motivates you what gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment? Make a list of your most important values such as creativity or autonomy, helping others or financial security. This will help you align your new career with what matters most to you.

  1. Skills and talents. Take an inventory of your skills and talents. What are you naturally good at and which skills have you developed over the years? These skills can be transferable to your new career or may require enhancements through training and education.
  2. Interests and hobbies. Sometimes our hobbies and interests can provide insights into potential career paths. What activities do you enjoy outside of work? These interests can guide you toward a more fulfilling career in the field that aligns with your personal preferences.
  3. Personality and work style. Consider your personality type and work preferences. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you thrive in structured or flexible work environments? Understand that your workstyle can help you choose a career that complements your personality.
  4. Life goals. Reflect on your long-term life goals. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 or even 20 years? How does your career fit into these goals? Your career should be a means to achieve your life objectives.
  5. Feedback from others. Seek advice from friends, family and colleagues. Sometimes those close to you can provide valuable insights into your strengths and areas for improvement. They may see qualities in you that you’ve overlooked.
  6. Cultural and ethical considerations. Consider cultural and ethical factors. Are there aspects of either that are crucial to you and your career choice? Understanding how your values align with the values of your potential career field is essential for long-term satisfaction.
  7. Challenges and fears. Being honest about the challenges and fears associated with changing careers, identifying and addressing these obstacles early will help you prepare for the transition effectively.

Remember, a self-assessment is an ongoing process. As you explore your interests and experiences. Your self-awareness may evolve. engaging in activities like journaling, meditation, or discussion with a career coach like me, can aid this exploration.

I’m Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. Visit my website, JobSearch.Community. There’s a lot there that will help you. In addition, you can schedule time for a free discovery call at Schedule time for coaching at JobSearch.Community. Become an Insider and get access to leaving messages for me that I’ll respond to. Plus lots of video courses, books and guides. There’s a lot there that will help you. Become an insider+ member. In addition to those video courses, books and guides. You’ll also get access to me on Zoom calls as well. And of course Insider Premium membership involves individual and group coaching.

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