The Value of Self-Assessment


How to turbo boost your career quest with key questions 

There’s a popular joke that circulates in the field of career planning and it goes something like this: “I just lost my job as a Psychic. I did not see that coming.” Whether you’re currently employed in a career you enjoy or are eagerly seeking to make a move to another career, it’s important to undertake a self-assessment with eyes wide open. Sure, it’s another item on the to-do list in your busy day, but carving out a little time to think about your ideal career today will greatly improve your career satisfaction in future. 

Experts agree that self-assessment is the first and most important step in selecting a career, planning your career and starting a job search. Pinpointing and communicating your interests, skills, achievements and values is critical to achieving a successful career self-assessment and ultimately, a successful career. There are several reasons worth considering self-assessment and key strategies that you can employ to achieve optimal results. 

“Experts agree that self-assessment is the first and most important step in selecting an occupation, planning your career and starting a job search.” 

Reasons to self-assess

There are many reasons to perform career self-assessment: 

  • To help you select your career. Are you torn about which area of expertise to pursue? 

  • To help you explore career alternatives. Maybe it’s time to upgrade your skills or change your part-time status to full-time? 

  • To make a career change. Perhaps the career that served you well in another labour market is different in Canada.  

  • To choose appropriate education and training options. You may have majored in more than one area in school and are trying to narrow down your best course of action for your career. 

  • To increase your job satisfaction. Maybe the career you enjoyed in your 20s is no longer the best fit for you or your family. 

Completing a career self-assessment is about moving yourself from an unclear career goal to a clear career goal that will help you confirm what job you are looking for, what industry you should be in, what level of employment you should apply for, what your salary range should be, what location would work well and what job hours would suit you and your personal circumstances best. 

Key questions to self-assess

So where should you begin? There are three key components involved in career self-assessment:  

  1. Skills and Work Experience 

  1. Personal Characteristics 

  1. Life Experiences 

ACCES Employment provides a strategic list of questions for each of these components that help make the career self-assessment process clear and effective.  

The Skills and Work Experience component of career self-assessment answers the following questions: 

  • What can you do?   

  • What are your skills? 

  • What are your work experiences? 

The Personal Characteristics component of career self-assessment answers the following questions: 

  • Who are you as a person?  

  • What are your personal strengths? 

  • What are your values? 

The Life Experiences component of career self-assessment answers the following questions: 

  • What kind of work environment suits you? 

  • What work hours suit your life circumstances? 
  • What salary range are you looking for? 

  •  How much responsibility would you like? 
  •  What work constraints do you have? 

Career self-assessment tools can use a variety of ways to collect information about you, including checklists, inventories, and a variety of targeted questions.  Take ACCES Employment’s short online webinar and download our career self-assessment worksheets to get started today.

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