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13 June 2013
Identifying Values, Skills and Talents for Career Choice or Change
Human Resources / Decision Making / Candidates

There is a question that we would like to ask you. Who are you?

First name:_________________                     Last name:______________________

We are pretty sure that the first answer that came to your mind was to respond by giving your First and then your Last name - following a pattern that is established in your brain since you remember yourself. This is the answer you give automatically, not because it defines who you are, but because you have learnt that this is the appropriate answer.

Let’s make an experiment: Let’s assume that we have two dark booths and two persons with the same name. Mr. John Smith and Mr. John Smith. Let’s also assume that one of these two persons is you. How would you make apparent that you are yourself and not the other Mr. John Smith? You see that your name is not a differentiating characteristic. What distinguishes you from everybody else are your values, skills and talents. The combination of these characteristics is you. Understanding and acknowledging them makes you a unique person, a person with integrity that deserves a successful and respectful career path.

The following exercise can help you getting closer to your career path or change and will work best when done in order.

Your Values

There are values we esteem for all our life. For example: Always be friendly. Do not lie, etc.

List them below:

1. Values given by your parents:

  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

 

2. Values given by your school and society:

  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

 

3. Values developed and esteemed by you:

  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

4. Values developed that you will teach your own children:
  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

 

Your Skills & Talents


5. Skills or talents that motivate you to live and progress in your life:

  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

 

6. Skills or talents that others would pay you for:

  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

 

7. Skills or talents that make you unique:

  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

8. Skills or talents that bring happniess to others:
  1. ___________________
  2. ___________________
  3. ___________________
  4. ___________________
  5. ___________________

 

The Result

My name is ______________ (LASTNAME, First name), living in _________________ (city, country). My parents taught me that the most important thing in life is 1.a ______________ and, as it has been made clear to me while going to school and by all persons I have met till now, I have to 2.a ________________. Though, inside of me, I strongly feel and will always believe that 3.a __________________ and now I know that the purpose of my life is 4.a_______________ and that this is what really defines me, making me the person I am, making me unique.

And I am ready to express my 5.a ______________ by being esteemed and working as 6.a____________ because of 7.a__________________ nobody else but myself can bring 8.a _________________ to others, being certain of experiencing my potential to the maximum, being successful, happy and most of all myself”.

We are certain that these last lines will remain inside of you forever and will guide you through your career path, preventing you from being unsuccessful, not allowing anybody else’s opinion about you to become your reality, and finally assisting you in living your dream and winning a successful career.

 

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