A strong understanding of talents and interests is one of the most important preparatory steps before job-hunting. Knowing what areas pique your curiosity will ultimately lead to a much more productive search.
Socrates’ famous statement, “Know thyself,” holds true even in your career search.
As you begin to explore the wide variety of options available to you, know what you value. Know what will make you happy. You’ve been gifted with certain talents and abilities, so take time now to figure out how you can let those shine!
The Office of Career Development can work with you to assess your core values or to administer personality tests, like the Myers-Briggs Indicator. Your goal with these tests is to figure out what you value in a career.
Your career values may include:
- Social Engagement
- Cultural Transformation
- Community Development
- Monetary Compensation
- Hands-on Work
SURVEYING THE FIELD
Once you have a sense of your personality type, you’re ready to do a broad survey of industries and see where your interests might lie.
King’s is focused on government, business, media, law, civil society, education, the arts and the church. Within these categories there are still dozens of options. As you look at various industries, pay close attention to your reactions.
A great place to start is the ONET listing of industries.
Once you’ve started identifying various industries you might like, you’ll want to contact someone who is already in that line of work.
When you take the time to ask them about their industry and their job, you’ll get the inside scoop on what life is like in that industry. Moreover, you’ll begin to grow your network and maybe even get leads on job or internship opportunities!
These informational interviews are low-key conversations with professionals in occupations you think you might like to pursue. Gaining insight into these worlds might help you decide where to pursue a summer internship - or cause you to change your mind about a certain field.
You might also consider asking a professional if you can shadow them for a day. You’ll have the opportunity to see someone at work — it’s a great way to check out a field before making any sort of commitment to it.
Once you have a strong handle on your true career values, you’ll be able to better research exactly how to manifest those values in a role that suits your strengths, develops your personal opportunities and shares your talents with the world.