When it comes to transitioning into a productive life in the workplace, the initial step is defining oneself. Just to be clear, there is quite a big difference between defining yourself and having it all figured out.
Defining oneself involves clearly and honestly carrying out an evaluation of one’s qualities and interests that will enable him/her to achieve their desired goals. On the other hand, having everything all figured out is an unattainable state since life is naturally unpredictable. Mistaking one for the other can lead to severe frustration.
There are tonnes of ways of doing a self evaluation, but from what I have learnt so far- in the workplace context, it can be summarized into the following three key questions.
- What are my values?
- What are my interests?
- What are my strengths?
I need you to go over them for the next few days and create a list of answers for each question. I love lists!And we will be coming up with quite a number of those 🙂
Your values are your personal beliefs. They define what matters to you and how you carry out your daily business. They define what you approve of and what you disapprove of at a personal level. The extensive list provided on Mindtools was a great resource in helping me define my values.
Your interests that instantly catch your curiosity and attention. The things that do not require you to force yourself. You enjoy doing them with some level of passion!
Finally, you will need to take a close look at your strengths. Unfortunately, the Kenyan education system has taught us to only think about science, algebra and spelling when defining strengths. However, soft skills such as public speaking, negotiation and time management are some of the most sought after strengths in the workplace! In your list of strengths include all the academic and non-academic tasks which you can do well.
You will probably be surprised at how talented you are at the end of this simple exercise!
See you in the next post! 🙂