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Get to know yourself

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom – Aristotle

Before jumping headfirst into a career, it is worth taking some time to figure out who you are, what you want, what you need and where your talents lie. Once these things are clearer for you, it will be easier to find your way in the ever-changing labour market. Try one of the options below.

  • What you can do on your own

    Discover your personal profile

    One of the simplest things you can do is ask yourself and people around you a few simple questions. With the right questions, you can find out where your interests lie, what qualities you possess, and which skills you can still improve on.

    Take a personality test

    Personality tests can help you in your personal and career development, as they let you find out your strengths, weaknesses, interests and more.

    Take a work values test

    You make choices on the basis of your values. To help you find out what you value in your job, you can take a work values test. This test takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can discuss your results with a careers adviser to gain further insight.

    Take a competencies test

    Finding a job that suits you depends on your competences. To find out what your strengths are, you can take a competence test. Additionally, the test will suggest ways to improve on those strengths. Like the work values test, the test takes about 15 minutes, and you can discuss the results with a careers adviser.

  • What you can do at the UvA

    Talk with a careers adviser

    If you want personal guidance or advice regarding your future career, you can get in touch with the University of Amsterdam’s careers advisers. This includes personal coaching on your job interviewing skills, writing a CV, and finding a suitable career for you.

    Take a workshop

    Both the University of Amsterdam and the various Economics and Business study associations offer a variety of workshops, including a workshops for personal development and self-assessment.