Self assessment is a critical first step in conducting good career and life/work planning. You may want to address a number of questions prior to exploring occupational choices or attempting your job search.
What are your interests? Passionate curiosities? What intrigues you?
What sustains your work? What keeps you committed to a task? What gives you energy?
What are your areas of expertise? What skills do you most enjoy using? What could you teach someone else?
What is really important to you? What do you value? What shapes your expectations of work?
What are your preferences in your work environment? What do you look for in working conditions, work culture, salary, geography, schedule, benefits, co-workers and other resources?
Where are you in your career path? How much time do you have to devote to this process? Are you facing specific deadlines?
List the results of your assessment; categorize interests, motivation, skills, values, preferences, etc...
Prioritize in the order you deem most important. Create a blueprint, map or picture of what you discover by organizing and reviewing your efforts.
Career Center Resources
Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Individual Career Counseling
Career Resource Library