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Career and Major Decisions

Learn About Yourself - Skills and Abilities

Decisions, Learn about Yourself, Gain Experience, Learn about the World of Work gain experience learn about yourself decisions learn about the world of work interests skills values Skills and abilities are what you’re good at.  Think about how you’ve done in various classes, work that you’ve done on which you’ve been complimented, things that people have said you are really good at.  Also, remember to think about more global or pervasive skills (e.g., communicating with others, being organized) in addition to specifics (e.g., solving complex equations, writing poetry, building).  Have you excelled at any specific jobs?  Why or why not?  How were your skills related to your success?  

Below are links to some websites and exercises that may help you identify your skills and abilities. You may need assistance from a CCSD professional to understand how your skills and abilities related to careers and majors. Please contact us to arrange such an appointment.

O*NET Ability Profiler

Functional Transferable Skills Inventory from Lifework Transitions

Focus Career and Education Planning Solutions

Remember:  Career exploration and development is a very complex process.  You may need assistance exploring any of these pieces and/or integrating all of this information and figuring out how it relates to majors and careers.  Please contact CCSD to schedule an appointment for further assistance.

Also, remember that your values, interests, and abilities are likely to change over time.  As we said, this is a journey, and it may take you places you never imagined!



Center for Counseling & Student Development
261 Perkins Student Center, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-2141
Fax: 302-831-2148