To identify what you want in life and to ensure that you are heading in the right direction you need to self assess yourself.
So what is self assessment and how does it help you make informed choices?
Self assessment helps you identify and obtain an insight into your interests, skills, potentials, personality traits, values and strengths.
While many of us apply right and left for jobs or avail similar other opportunities that life throws our way it is important to stop and contemplate whether or not you are taking the right decision.
Though an opportunity may look good and you may jump to avail it yet you run the risk of realizing later that things are not how they looked and how you perceived them to be.
Significance of Self-Assessment
Self-assessment is a process through which you learn about yourself, your likes, your dislikes, your motivations, your interests, your triggers and your reactions etc.
Having knowledge of all this will help you identify the work situation, profession, work environment and occupation that will suit you the best.
It is not uncommon to experience workplace stress. However, it cannot be attributed to a single source. Many times people experience workplace stress solely because they are unable to adjust themselves with their job or workplace environment.
Therefore, it is important that you undertake self-assessment before you decide to jump on a new bandwagon in life.
Consider your Personality Traits
We all have personality traits and it is important to have knowledge of these personality traits to identify whether these render us compatible to the opportunity that we are about to avail.
For e.g. does the job require you to work with a team while you on the other hand perform best when working alone and what about the team that you are likely to work with? Do you feel that you are compatible with them and share similar outlook and beliefs regarding the way that the work should be carried out?
Do you feel that you would be able to adjust to the work environment and organizational culture? Would these factors hinder your performance or would it help bring out the best in you. For e.g. if you are an introvert and the job requires public interaction do you think you would be able to handle it in the utmost professional manner. Similarly, look into your temperament and any temperamental issues when you decide to take up an opportunity
Assess your Skills
Have you reviewed the skills, personality traits, abilities, experience and expertise that the job requires? Do you think that you have these in you?
Sharing the same values is also important for optimal performance for many people. Therefore, if you are also one of those who are only compatible with the one with whom you share the same values give due consideration to it. Similarly, do you have tolerance and can you work along with the ones whose values are different from you?