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Learn About Yourself
The first step when looking for your dream job is to learn as much about yourself as possible. This means exploring your values, skills, interests, and personality. Knowing more about yourself will help you find the focus you need to reach your goals. A career counselor can help you work through assessing yourself.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Personal Interests: What interests you? What do you like to do when you are not in class? What issues are you passionate about?
- Academic Interests: Which subjects do you enjoy most? What do you most want to learn? Would you like to research a particular topic in depth?
- Career or Academic Goals: What do you see yourself doing after you finish your degree at Hopkins? Graduate school? Full time work? A fellowship?
- Work Values: What motivates you to do your best? What motivates you to take action? What makes you advocate for a cause or point of view?
- Skills and Characteristics: What are your strongest skills? Which skills would you like to learn? Which ones do you want to enhance?
How the Career Center Can Help
Many students make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss their career goals. The Career Center also offers the following assessment tools that may help.
- Strong Interest Inventory
A tool designed to assist you in clarifying your work related interests. This assessment requires interpretation by a career counselor. If you are interested in using the Strong, please make an appointment.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: A tool designed to explore your personality preferences. Talking with a career counselor can help you apply your results to your career interests. If you are interested in taking the MBTI, please make an appointment.