Interpreting Your Career Leader Self Assessment

Interpreting Your
Career Leader Self
Louise Jackson
Career Services Coordinator
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
[email protected]
(734) 764 5136
Why does it matter?
• “I want to work on wall
street in finance”
• Meaningful work requires
a realistic appraisal of
your Interests,
Motivations and Skills.
• Your Career Vision- YOU
need to build it
Your Vision
• In five to seven years, where do you want to be in terms of:
– Functional role
– Industry knowledge
– Organizational culture
– Skill acquisition
– Relationships with significant others
– Work/Life Balance
– Geographic location
– Community involvement
• How deeply have you imagined these things?
• Significant advantage in:
Job search
Career advancement
• “Closer”- remember the journey
Some History…
• By Drs. Timothy Butler and James Waldroop,
psychologists at the Harvard Business School and
authors of:
• Discovering Your Career in Business
• The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back
• Getting Unstuck
• Numerous articles in the Harvard Business Review,
Fortune, Fast Company, and other popular business
• Using a database of more than 400,000 business
professionals collected over 13 years
Your Interests
• Interests patterns are stable- they don’t change much
over life times.
• Independent of each other
• Forced to make a choice (no middle point)
Your Motivators
• No good or bad motivators
• Relatively stable but could change
• Should be in 9-12 range. If you have no score over 8retake
• Don’t base a career choice on motivators alone
Your Skills
Self Efficacy
• “Even though I can’t do it right now, I can learn
what it takes to be successful”
• Why does it matter?
• Self Efficacy Influences
• Not innate for most of us
– Success breeds success/Small wins
– Vicarious experience
– Verbal persuasion
Now what?
• Successful career cannot be
accomplished without detailed self
• Use this knowledge and language
to build your career brand
• Remember interests and how they
match with your current or future
career are the most important
• How your work’s culture fits your
personality is important too
• You’re the pilot, not the passenger
here. You CAN build skills through
practice and persistence
Louise Jackson
Career Services Coordinator
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
[email protected]
(734) 764 5136

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