Self-reflection is an ongoing process; you do it all the time, in all aspects of your life. You are likely not the same person you were five years ago, and will continue to develop all the time. Whether you are changing careers, re-entering the workforce after some time off, or considering advancement, the first step is to understand who you are and be confident in identifying your values, skills, interests and motivations. Engaging in self-reflection is critical because it enhances your ability to make informed, practical career decisions now and in the future.

There is no “right way” to engage in self-reflection. Below you will find essential components of the process.

Self-reflection Activities

  • Define and understand your personality strengths, skills, values and interests by taking the online self-reflection assessment, TypeFocus. To access TypeFocus, log in to Handshake > Resources.
  • Meet with a career counselor at Hiatt to gain a more in-depth understanding of your results.
  • Record your thoughts, impressions, wishes, goals and passions.
  • Craft a resume as a formal reflection on your experience, skills and interests.
  • List your short-term goals.

Test Your Theories: Get Experience

There are things you know about yourself and things you have yet to discover. Engage in activities that you enjoy and that stretch you in new ways.

  • Get involved, build skills and define your own style of engagement through professional organizations, athletics, jobs and volunteer work.
  • Attend events, lectures, programs, and performances that attract your attention.
  • Be curious: read about topics and issues that sound interesting.
  • Talk to interesting people in your current or different fields.

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Take the TypeFocus assessment to get your MBTI personality type and learn about potential careers that could be a good fit for your values, skills and interest

To access TypeFocus, log in to Handshake > Resources.