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Starting out on your career journey can be a difficult and confusing place but working to understand who you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are will help you to make effective career decisions. Self assessment is the process of gathering information about yourself in order to make an informed career decision.
In this section you will find information on main elements to consider during the Self-Assessment process and a range of recommended on-line resources to help you gradually move through Step 1 and then onto the next steps.
Options with any Degree
Did you know that, apart from professions requiring specialist training such as engineering and science etc. there are few career options closed to you through your choice of undergraduate subjects? While in general, different career paths are followed by graduates of different faculties, there is a wide range of options open to those of any discipline. These include:
Human Resources & Training
Financial & Legal
Publishing & Information/Library
Travel and Tourism
Media & Communication
Arts & Culture
Computing & IT
Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme)
Education (options open for a wide range of degree disciplines but not all)
With up to half of graduate jobs open to any discipline, the quality of your degree and your experience is far more important than your subjects.
Compare options and identify the right types of jobs to apply for.
Profiling for Success
An assessment tool which explores skills, interests, personality and learning styles. Use your Maynooth University email address to log-in here - Profiling for Success
When you have completed the tests your report will be emailed to you.
Available Tests -
Verbal Analogies (v1)
Numerical Reasoning Tutorial Test (vA)
Verbal Reasoning Tutorial Test (vA)
Abstract Reasoning Tutorial Test (vA)
Situational Judgement Tutorial Test (v1)
Numerical Reasoning Practice (2019) (v3)
Verbal Reasoning Practice (2019) (v3)
Abstract Reasoning Practice (2019) (v3)
Learning Styles Indicator (vI)
Type Dynamics Indicator Form O (vI)
Values-based Indicator of Motivation (v1)
Career Interest Inventory (Dodec) (v1)
Choosing or Changing Course
Use the Qualifax Interest Inventory to identify career interests and use the Course Search to search for courses of interest to you.
Qualifax provides comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses as well as a calendar of career events and information on educational grants.
What information or skills do you pick up fairly easily? How could you use these in a career?
What did you want to be when you were a child? Would you still consider these ideas?
Make a list of jobs that people you know hold – particularly ones that appeal. Interview them about their role, why they like it and ask for their opinion.
Browse job websites. Ignore the qualifying criteria for now, just concentrate on how each job appeals to you. What appeals to you? Why?
Choose something you enjoy doing – even if it's something small. Create a list of careers that use this activity, or are connected to it in some way.
Consider your current or most recent job. List all the roles that are associated with it. Which ones appeal? Why?
Don’t be afraid to ask people for their ideas on what you might do. Always ask them to explain the reason for their suggestions. Do you agree with or like the sound of any of these ideas? You don't have to listen to their suggestions - you will know yourself better but it can be a useful way to get more ideas!