Your employability and career story is as unique to you as your fingerprint. It starts from when you were little to where you are right now. It is your story, and it will grow with you. As you develop and change so will your career interests. An in-depth understanding of yourself and your self-actualisation will help you establish and build the skills required to be your own career advisor through your career journey.
Reflect back on your past, now think about:
- What games did you play?
- Did you have any hobbies or interests?
- Which sports did you play?
- Did you play team sports? Which position?
- Have you won any awards?
- What achievements/accomplishments are you proud of?
- What chores did you do around the house?
- What is your role within the family?
- Did you have any pets you looked after?
- What was your first small job?
- What sort of jobs have you had?
- Did you make money from your job or chores?
- Did you get pocket money?
- How did you spend your money?
- Did you do volunteering or work experience?
- What travel have you done?
Using this information create a timeline of your personal story over the years—identifying several stories you remember and connect with. We will use these stories to help you to identify your transferable skill set. It is always a great exercise to ascertain what you don’t like doing.
Fun fact: On average, a young person will have 15 jobs in their lifetime before they turn 40. This number is expected to increase.