Abilities

Obviously, if you can't DO the tasks involved in a job, you should not be doing it (and you probably would not have got the job in the first place).

However, can you think of other reasons why it would be helpful to think about your abilities when choosing a career?

& Interests

Like abilities, interests can also play a big part in helping you to choose, and to be a success in your career. Can you think of any reasons why this is so?

Can you work out what your special abilities are?

Think of all the sorts of tasks you might do in a week
- think very carefully about what each task involves
- and write down exactly what it is you are able to do well.


You need to know:
  • what your special abilities are
  • what abilities are required to do the jobs you have in mind, and
  • whether you have, or can develop, these required abilities.
You can probably easily say what things you are NOT interested in doing, but you may not find it so easy to list the things you really like doing.

Follow yourself through a normal day from when you first get up, and list all the things you do under these headings:

Things I Really Enjoy Doing
Things I Find O.K.
Things I Dislike Doing

Do you know WHY you like/dislike doing certain things?

Write down your reasons.

Do the things you like/dislike doing suggest to you any jobs which you could do, or maybe should not do? What?

Completing these sentences should help your brain to get ticking over:
I'm praised for .............................................
When I'm at home, I really enjoy ............................
I'm interested in collecting ................................
My favourite hobby is .......................................
I'd like to write a book about ..............................
The thing I like most about weekends is .....................
My best Mastermind topic would be ...........................
With my hands I'm good at ...................................
I help at home by ...........................................
At school I was at my best in ...............................
I'm good at organising ......................................
School is ..................................................
I can best express the way I feel by ........................
When dealing with people, I'm ...............................
The best way of filling in my spare time is by ..............
I like reading about ........................................
I think I'm really terrific at ..............................
The subject I would most like to teach is ...................
At sport, I'm ...............................................
The most enjoyable thing I have ever done was when ..........

ABILITIES RATINGS

Try to develop an image of your skills and talents (and your weaknesses) by rating your abilities in each category. After you have done this, ask a friend to rate how they see you, and compare results.

Use this scale:
  1. Hopeless
  2. Could be Better
  3. Not so Terrific
  4. O.K.
  5. Quite Competent
  6. Happy about
  7. Very proud of

  • Solving problems
  • Writing well
  • Organising paperwork
  • Organising people
  • Using my hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Social skills
  • Working with figures
  • Artistic talents
  • My looks
  • Musical skills
  • Co-ordination
  • Listening
  • Leadership
  • Driving
  • Talking
  • Energy level

INTERESTS RATINGS

Try to develop an image of what you like and dislike doing by rating your interest in certain things.

Use this scale:
  1. Boring
  2. A bit dull
  3. O.K.
  4. Great Fun
  5. Terrific

  • Solving problems
  • Writing
  • Organising things
  • Doing things with my hands
  • Doing things properly
  • Mixing with people
  • Working with figures
  • Art
  • My looks
  • Music
  • Listening to people
  • Organising people
  • Driving
  • Talking to others
  • Keeping fit

Now......

onto the Abilities exercise.

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