In order to make strong career decisions you must take the time to know yourself while simultaneously exploring opportunities in the market. Therefore, self-assessment is a crucial part of any career search process.
The purpose of self-assessment is to:
- Understand your personal interests, skills, motivations, passions and pressures that prompt your attraction to specific functions/industries/environments/ organizations
- Evaluate whether the industries/functions/companies/organizations you are attracted to really match your personal interests, skills, motivations, passions, etc.
- Highlight your transferable skills and added value in order to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Know your value proposition.
- Identify current gaps in your competencies/skills/experiences. Once these are identified you can target which skills and experiences you want to strengthen during the course of your MBA. Examples of how to "close the gap" include:
- Completing content-specific courses
- Participating in an academic/non-academic internship
- Taking on leadership positions in clubs, organizations or events
- Actively learning about your function and/or industry and expanding your professional networks