What are you good at? Know your mettle with this self-assessment grid
If you’ve been diagnosed with a deficit of “career growth” hormone and witnessing symptoms like sense of being forgotten, losing pride, confused and stuck in the rut (at work), it’s right that you’ve fallen into the ditches of the oblivion syndrome. Resulting disease is GROWTH PAUSED!!
The way out, is not as easy, yet not impossible too. The treatment to that ailment is
“Working on your strengths” and “Analyzing weaknesses”!
Randomly, when you’re asked “What are you good at”? Do you answer this promptly or do you remain blank and weirdly pause?
I understand, in an interview kind of set-up you readily have answers, but that preparedness can only get you through the interview process. It is, but, imperative to assess your true strengths as they directly impact your career goals and growth.
It’s common to have a feeling of growth recess at some point. Be thankful, it is an indication of the need to change/improvise things you have been working on and on with no progress.
Know your mettle – Ditch these first!
Company you keep:
The complaints and grievances group! These are the people whose part-time job is endlessly complaining about everything, grieving over others’ success….and still do NOTHING. Be alarmed if you’re surrounded by a company like that. UNFRIEND them with immediate effect!
Often, being in companionship with less ambitious, negative people will have an impact on you too.
Your own inhibitions
Inability or failure in assessing strengths doesn’t mean that you are not good at something. It is due to lack of self-awareness, lack of confidence, confusion, under-estimating yourself, inhibitions and settling in comfort zone. Ditch them all right now. Recoil your thoughts and reconsider your actions.
Know yourself, it matters to you!
Before you begin the assessment, believe that knowing where your mettle lies, matters to YOU, let others rest standstill. It helps you find your center of gravity. When you are, stable and sensibly practical, you make better decisions. And yes, clear heads often make prodigies! This (Diagram) is what we must try to achieve at the end of this exercise.
The grid here, hopefully, gives some clarity. This enables one to assess or even realize your strengths based on, career paths /hard skills/soft skills/roles you handle. Let’s have a look at an example charted out based on X’s soft skills and work-specific skills.
One needs to work on soft skills and technical skills in combination, to identify the areas of strength.
Click on the link below to access the grid.
Inference: From the grid above (Let’s say of a person “X”) Looks like X’s proficiency can help in being
- a) IT-based role (say Tech-analyst) b) Trainer .
- “X’s” strengths are more suitable for an IT based role, whereas,
- “X” needs to improvise on communication skills, to make the Trainer role as primary career path.
These things can also support you in self-assessment
Going back in time: Back pedal to your school days. Remember if there is something your teachers have mentioned you are good at. Likely, they must be true. Consider it!
Ask your peers/Boss: Some advice from your peers and feedback from your manager can surely give you an insight into what your strengths are. Work with your supervisor on your skill development plan (details below).
Other help we can get: Reading successful biographies is inspiring, and is also a way to get more ideas. Yet, we need to have our own style and approach to success. We cannot live in imitation and maintain it for long.
Working on Additional skill development: Relying solely on one interest, one career path, one skill will only slow down the growth. Often, what you think your strength is, might just be the opposite of what others perceive it to be. Both are valid and true. Its not only about what your interests are. To be able to grow and sustain in career, practically, one needs to have
- Interest in career choice
- This choice is your primary livelihood
- This is your primary strength
- Ability and willingness to continually improve
- Additional skill development
The grid, should have visibly pointed out some strengths. If your gut says your passion/interest lies somewhere else, then convert it into an additional skill and work on improvi
ng yourself at it, without abandoning your present career. Be committed to it, track your progress. Eventually it becomes your strength and you can gradually make it your primary career choice too!
You can use the SMART perspective to your goals and make it work
Your career blooms at an intersection of your passion/ Role you’re interested in + Your Strength + Your primary livelihood
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