Before jumping headfirst into a career, it is valuable to take some time to figure out what you want, what you need and where your talents lie. The clearer you know these things, the easier it becomes to find your way in the ever-changing labour market.
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.
Personality tests can help you in your personal and career development, as they let you find out your strengths, weaknesses, interests and more.
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.
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.
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.
Both the University of Amsterdam and the various Economics and Business study associations offer a variety of workshops, among them being workshops for personal development and self-assessment.