Getting Started

Self-reflection is an ongoing process; you do it all the time, in all aspects in your life. You are likely not the same person you were five years ago, and will continue to develop all the time. The first step in finding a career path is to understand who you are, and be confident in identifying your values, skills, interests and motivations. Engaging in self-reflection is critical because it enhances your ability to make informed, practical career decisions now and in the future.

There is no “right way” to engage in self-reflection. Below you will find essential components of the process.

Self-reflection Activities

  • Define and understand YOUR personality strengths, skills, values and interests by taking the online self-reflection assessment, TypeFocus. To access TypeFocus, log in to B.hired > Resources tab.
  • Meet with a career counselor at Hiatt to gain a more in-depth understanding of your results.
  • Write in a journal or audio/video record your thoughts, impressions, wishes, goals and passions as you take courses, meet new friends and engage in clubs, sports and other activities.
  • Write a resume as a formal reflection on your skills and interests.
  • List your short-term goals.
  • Participate in formal group self-reflection exercises. Some self-reflection group activities will be offered throughout the year at Hiatt Career Center and in residence halls. Check the Hiatt calendar in B.hired for details.

Test Your Theories: Get Experience

There are things you know about yourself and things you have yet to discover. Engage in activities you enjoy and that stretch you in new ways.

  • Get involved, build skills and define your own style of engagement through student organizations, athletics, academic departments, internships, service learning, jobs and volunteer work.
  • Consider a term abroad or other off-campus experience.
  • Attend events, lectures, programs, and performances that attract your attention.
  • Be curious: read about topics and issues that sound interesting.

Next Steps

Once you feel confident in identifying your values, skills, interests and motivations, you are ready to engage in more in-depth activities to explore majors and careers.

As you move forward, identify and pursue experiences that will give you more information about your areas of interest such as networking, shadowing, and internships.