Personal Interests Worksheet
Conduct an assessment of essential needs and desires as they pertain to you and your family before you start your search. Develop a checklist from the results of your self-assessment to help evaluate jobs identified during your job research. Compare opportunities to select the best match for you.
What kind(s) of work or industries interest you?
You may have several ideas during this initial phase of assessing options. That is alright as long as each person with whom you network perceives that you have laser focus in their area of interest.
What is your ideal work environment?
- Large Corporation
- Small Business
- Higher Education
- Government Agency
- Non-profit Organization
What is your preferred location—urban, suburban or rural?
Keep in mind that you may have no choice but to relocate to where the work is performed.
Preferring College Station? You may find that you must accept a trade-off with limited employment options for your lifestyle preference, with long term implications to your career development and income potential.
Do you prefer to work with people, data or with things (i.e. your hands)?
- If things, what kind of things?
- Do you prefer to work with teams or work alone?
- Do you prefer to work on new projects or prefer following a regular routine?
What kind of reward is most important to you in a job?
(money, security, creative authority, recognition, etc.)
What are your three most important career job goals?
Think of places or ways that you want your work to make a difference
Make a list of your potential career paths
Based on your work experience or studies, organized by industry or job title/description
What kind of work do you want to be performing to earn income 10 years from now?
Has a particular interest risen to the level of your passion or your cause for existence?