Know yourself

Know yourself


Here you will find some starting points to help you to choose which path to take after Massey. They are useful where you don't know what you want to do but also where you have some definite ideas.

You’re more likely to be happy and successful in your career if you choose a role that suits your skills, interests, values and personality. Whilst it is common to explore career options that relate directly to the subjects you’ve studied, it can be more useful to start your career decision-making by looking at who you are, what you want and what you can offer.

Although it can be tempting to rush to a decision, we encourage you to take time on this important stage in your life. Use this time to explore your range of skills and interests and decide which are the more important. Reflect on your previous experiences, use the resources found here and seek personal feedback from those who know you well.

On-line career assessment tools

These tools can be useful in assisting you to clarify career choices, and in identifying roles that may suit you:

  • Careers New Zealand Interactive tools here you can access a New Zealand-based suite of tools that help you to find roles that match your skills, the subjects you enjoy, and your interests.
  • Prospects Planner is a web-based package from the UK which uses information that you input on your skills, interests and values to generate career ideas for you.
  • My future is an Australian career information and exploration service.
  • Your career and you is an Australian resource with exercises that can help you to develop a clearer understanding of your skills and attributes.
  • My Guide is an Australian program designed to help you to explore career suggestions.

Survey your skills

Chances are, you’ll be keen to find work that involves the sorts of activities that you can do best. By using the resources found here you can begin to assess your skills profile, the skills that are most important to you and how this might impact upon your choice of career.

All of your skills will be relevant to your life after Massey and can be transferred from one context into another. Consider all of the contexts in which you have developed skills. These could include:

Your university studies

Work experience of any type

Extra-curricular activities

Voluntary work

Family responsibilities

Club and society involvement

Then, start to consider the evidence you’d use to prove you have developed and used these skills. This is crucial as potential employers will expect you to be able to write and talk about you skills, experiences, achievements and responsibilities.

For help with this see:

Skills checklist.pdf Skills typically developed at Massey.pdf
Skills audit.pdf Defining your skills.pdf

Investigate your interests

Your interests influence everything that you do in life – how you spend your free time; your choice of university and programme and the type of friends that you have. These interests are likely to have a similar influence on your career. Any one interest may be of such importance to you that it is the major influence on your choice of career. Equally, you may simply opt to take this interest into account when choosing careers and employers.

To begin to investigate your interests, try creating a list of all of the activities you most enjoy. Why do you find them interesting and are there any from which you get more satisfaction than others? How much time do you spend on these and are there any that you’d like to develop or to spend more time on? The following resources will help you to further assess your interests. This assessment is important in identifying the career that might suit your needs.

Career interest profile.pdf

Making career decisions.pdf

In addition, Career Quest is an on-line tool offered by Careers NZ that recommends career areas to you based upon your interests,

The vital role of values

Values concern how you feel about things and what you think is important. They don’t influence your ability to do something but do impact upon where you might feel comfortable doing it. They may say something about the type of work you will find rewarding. Some types of work clearly fit with certain values as do some types of employer. Through a keen awareness of what you value most, you are better able to act with integrity when you respond to challenges and opportunities.

Your values and needs are likely to change over time. What seems important to you at this stage in your life may give way to other concerns later. However, it may be that your personal values are important to your career thinking now. Use the resources here to help you think about your values.

Values audit.pdf

Values questionnaire.pdf

GoodWork Toolkit Value-Sort Activity:  This activity enables you to sort thirty value cards according to their relative importance. It is brought to you by The Good Project - a large scale, multi-site effort that identifies individuals and institutions that exemplify good work—work that is excellent in quality, socially responsible, and meaningful to its practitioners—and that aims to determine how best to increase the incidence of good work in our society.  We would welcome your feedback on this activity.

Profile your personality

It has been argued that there are six personality types significant to six different occupational environments. Research suggests you will naturally be drawn to one or two of the types detailed below. If you read through the associated descriptions of these you may be able to identify one or two types which sound more like you than the others:







What do these terms mean?

Which type sounds most like you?

See: Personality types.pdf

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