Understanding Yourself

Understanding yourself has to come before understanding careers

Purpose Statement

The goal of understanding yourself is to find your passion so you are career and college ready. To understand yourself, you must learn through play, exposure, and exploration. You must also have the opportunity to reflect upon these experiences across multiple settings in a culture that promotes exploration. The earlier you have the opportunity to understand yourself, the better prepared you will be for future endeavors.


Understanding interests, aptitudes, and abilities

Identify Areas of interest

Skills and abilities

Skills and abilities are tasks that you naturally do well, talents and strengths that you bring to the table as a student and/or employee. These include natural
capabilities you’ve always had, in addition to specific knowledge and skills you’ve acquired through experience and training.
Skills can be classified into three main categories:

  1. transferable/functional skills
  2. knowledge-based skills
  3. personal traits/attitudes (source career.berkely.edu)

Personality & Preferences

Most people find work more satisfying when it fits within their own personal style and preferred ways of operating and living life. Use the tools below to explore your personality
and preferences in depth. (Source: career.berkely.edu)


Connection to classroom learning; relevance

Utility value

Utility value answers the question “Yeah, but what am I gonna use this for?” Utility value is purely academic and emphasizes the importance that content has for the students’ future goals — both short-term and long-term goals (Ormrod, 2006). For example, physics tends to be less than fascinating to your average student, but for a student who wants to be an engineer, physics is interesting and can also hold great utility value. Utility value provides relevance first by piquing students’ interest — telling them the content is important to their future goals; it then continues by showing or explaining how the content fits into their plans for the future. This helps students realize the content is not just
interesting but also worth knowing. (Source: Psychology Teacher Network | September 2013)


Relatedness answers the question “What’s this have to do with me?”.. Relatedness
provides relevance to students first via the developing relationship between teacher and
student — this piques students’ interest in what the teacher has to say. Relevance then
helps students see that the content is worth knowing by showing how it fits into their
current and future frame of reference. (Source: Psychology Teacher Network | September 2013)

Create a culture that promotes exploration

The inquiring mind is the primary vehicle for discoveries of the intellect.
(Source: www.forbes.com September 2014)


Personal Values

Knowing your values will help you develop a clearer sense of what's most important to you in life. A value is a belief and a priority that is meaningful to you and that influences
both your actions and reactions. Values can serve as your guiding force, especially when making decisions and pursuing options that lead to happiness, including career options.
(Source: career.berkely.edu)

Global Citizenship

Global citizenship nurtures personal respect and respect for others, wherever they live. It encourages individuals to think deeply and critically about what is equitable and just, and what will minimize harm to our planet. Exploring global citizenship themes help learners grow more confident in standing up for their beliefs, and more skilled in evaluating the ethics and impact of their decisions. (source: ideas-forum.org)

Student hope; encouraging students to believe in themselves

Studies suggest that having hope may actually predict a student’s future academic achievement more than having feelings of self-worth or a positive attitude towards life
actually do. So how do teachers know which students are high in hope? Easy: They are the students who don’t take failure personally. Instead, they use it to improve their
performance next time. They’re also more optimistic, and, in the face of obstacles, they tell themselves, “I can do this. I won’t give up.”
(source: greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_help_students_develop_hope)

Parent Involvement

Parents influence children’s career choices both intentionally and inadvertently. By the time children move into adolescence, they begin seriously considering their futures, often looking to their parents either as role models or for career advice. A parent’s approach to this can either inspire teenagers to explore a diverse set of potential occupations or to stick to a path they think their parents will approve of.
(source: work.chron.com/effect‐parents‐adolescents‐choice‐career‐18063.html)