Self-Assessment Is Your Personal Checkup

If you are conscious about your health, you probably have a physical once per year. During this routine checkup, the doctor measures your height, weight, and blood pressure. Perhaps the exam includes an inspection of your eyes, hearing, skin, and reflexes. The doctor may press on your abdomen, tap on your back, or take X-rays to look at your lungs. Finally, lab tests check levels of cholesterol, enzymes, sugar, or platelets. The checkup provides a baseline of where your health is now. You may be healthy, but the tests will show you what you need to watch out for and what to change or tweak in order to stay healthy or get fit.

This book is designed to help you conduct a checkup of your values, skills and abilities, personality, creativity, and lifestyle and work preferences. Step by step, you will answer questions or make choices in a series of self-assessment instruments. Then you'll record your answers in the chart found at the end of the book. The result will be a snapshot of you right now that can then be used to determine your next steps toward finding a new career or customizing the career you have, with the ultimate purpose of achieving greater career-related satisfaction.

You are unique on this planet, with your own interests, values, and predilections. The teacher and author Joseph Campbell recognized the value that individuality gives to the world. He knew our contributions had to spring from “our own experiences and fulfillment of our own potentialities, not someone else's.” There is no “one-size-fits-all” when choosing a career. It's a personal, highly subjective decision that is based on a set of criteria. Finding out what those criteria are is the purpose of The Everything®CareerTests Book.

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