Self-assessment and knowing how to make choices in life lay the foundation for planning your career. The most important things are to know yourself, your dreams, values and interests – and recognize your skills. Career planning is an ongoing process that begins when you choose your educational field and continues throughout your studies and after graduation as you enter the professional world.
In fact, job hunting is only the tip of the iceberg in the process of career planning. A careful analysis of yourself, your skills and career interests prepares you for job hunting. It helps you identify the skills and special expertise that you have to offer for the right employers.
Or do you really want to be an entrepreneur? Skills, interests and markets are essentials for entrepreneur too. These are the basis where your salable services are based on.
Questions to support career planning:
- What do you want to do? What do you like?
- What kind of people do you want to work with?
- Are you interested in helping others?
- How do you want to execute your tasks?
- Do you enjoy working alone or in a group?
- What kinds of organizational values are important to you? What are your values? What do you appreciate in working life? Corporate cultures vary widely.
Field of expertise
- What kinds of positions will match your qualifications after you graduate?
- What is your field of expertise? What are your strengths?
- What kinds of jobs have earlier graduates landed?
- What makes you stand out from other candidates? What makes your skills special compared to others?
- What kinds of jobs would utilize your skills to their full extent?
- What kind of expertise and skills would you like to develop?
- Is your education leading you to personally interesting jobs? If you feel it is not, how can you combine it with your other skills to find employment in perhaps completely unrelated fields?
- What does the labour market have to offer for you in general? In Finland? In Tampere region?
- What do you have to offer for the labour market in general? In Finland? In Tampere region?
- Are your qualifications already sufficient for you to land your dream job? Or do you need more concrete evidence of your skills for your CV? How could you achieve that?
- How does your level of Finnish language proficiency affect your job hunting and living in Finland in general? Do you have to improve your Finnish skills? If yes, how could you do that?
- How can you find about about job opportunities and the relevant terms and conditions? What can you do during your studies?
Try out the TAITO-URA tool that helps you analyse your skills.
More information: Aarresaari Academic Carees Services.