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Knowing your unique qualities is not always easy, but the clearer the picture you have of your own abilities, interests and values, the more likely you are to choose a satisfying career and lifestyle. Complete the worksheet by asking yourself:
What do you most love to do in your life? What jobs pay people to do this?
What are you best subjects in school and what careers connect to these subjects?
What are your best skills outside of school? What jobs pay people to use these skills?
What makes you feel like a unique person? What careers value these qualities?
If a workplace genie gave you the choice of any job at your internship site, which one would you choose and why?
If you could say “abracadabra” and any job in the world, what would it be?
If you won the lottery, would you choose to work? Why or why not?
Let students know that one way to make sure that your job gives you satisfaction is to know more about yourself. The clearer the picture you have of your abilities, interests and values, the more likely you are to choose work that makes you happy and suits your lifestyle. Some people take formal career interest inventories and consult with career counselors, but today we’ll do some informal and personal thinking.
Give students about 10-15 minutes to work on the handout Interview Yourself.
End with a short discussion, asking:
What did you learn about yourself?
Why is this kind of brainstorming useful?
Complete Interview Yourself worksheet
This activity provides students with an opportunity to explore what is satisfying about their internships, either through personal experience or the experience of a colleague at the internship site.
This activity gives students an opportunity to reflect on their internship experiences and the key takeaways from related lessons, such as what skills, techniques, and concepts can be applied to college and future work.