By now, you already know that the first step in your job search after college is to spend some time on self-discovery.
That’s easier said than done, right?
After all, it’s one thing to say you’re going to self-reflect, and another altogether to actually know how to make it an effective use of your time.
So, with that in mind, the Vocate team thought it would be a good idea to provide you with a list of 3 self-assessment questions to ask yourself before officially kicking off your job search after college.
Ready? Let’s dive in.
#1. How important is work to me?
Look, unless you’re one of the fortunate few who waltz their way into a family fortune, chances are you’re going to have to work to make a living.
The degree to which work plays a role in your life can be decided before you even start your job search after college.
Simply put, work can be all-consuming if you want it to be. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that if you’re doing something that satisfies your thirst for knowledge and fulfills your passion.
However, it’s also completely okay to choose something you’re good at and enjoy doing, but that isn’t going to be the centerpiece of your life. In other words, you should find your passion, but you need to decide whether to make your passion your work, or simply pursue a career that affords you the work-life balance to exercise your passion outside the office.
#2. What am I better at than my friends?
This one came up in a recent “Ask me Anything” episode of Tim Ferriss’ podcast and it acts as a great way to determine your skills without taking any sort of test.
In short, the idea here is not to put anyone down or brag, but rather to recognize the innate skills that even the people closest to you recognize you have.
Those skills don’t need to be professional, necessarily. They just need to be unique to you. So maybe your friends all recognize you as the funniest person in your group.
Well then, break down what it means to be funny (which, ironically, is probably the least funny thing you can do).
“Funny” means quick on your feet with keen observational skills. It might mean you have great writing or public speaking abilities. The point is, use those attributes as a launchpad to discover your core skill set.
Think of the skills you have that your friends most admire.
#3. If I could model my career after one person, who would it be and why?
Your role models can tell you a ton about how to pursue your job search after college.
Instead of trying to map their career path job-for-job and hoping to reach a similar level of success,try to focus on their mindset, work ethic, and strategic thinking that moved them from one opportunity to the next.
Vocate is here to help.
After you create a profile, Vocate walks you through a series of exercises designed to help you find the right career for your interests and skills. Then, Vocate will match you to top companies searching for entry-level talent. Sign up for Vocate today.