Choosing an occupation that utilizes your strengths, skills, and abilities is a great way to increase the chances you will be satisfied and successful in your career!
What types of things do you do well? If you look back over your life you will likely see that a pattern of strengths emerged from a very early age. For example, maybe you have always been good at fixing things, or with people, or at raising money for clubs or organizations. Recognizing your strengths, and how you can use them in certain careers, will increase the chances of satisfaction and success in your future career.
Skills and Abilities
Most skills and abilities are learned - you are not born with them. It's likely that some types of things you do come easier to you than others. Perhaps understanding computers is easy for you, but you've never been skilled at athletics. It's important to take a realistic look at the skills and abilities you posses, and those you are interested in developing, because this information will provide you insight into possible career options.
Many skills are transferable - in other words, they can be used in many different types of work. These are called "soft skills" or "transferable skills." Two examples of transferable skills are strong communication skills and being good with people. Giving some thought to your transferable skills is important because they can be used in just about any occupation you choose!
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