Why is learning about yourself important?
Self-reflection is not only foundational to your long-term success, it is also the first step in being able to make informed choices about your personal and professional direction. The ability to self-assess is informed by the level of self-awareness you have about your strengths and weaknesses, needs and wants, values, interests, skills and habits, as well as your attitudes and behaviours. Developing clarity about how you envision all of these facets of yourself in a life of your choosing, is essential. Equipped with self-awareness, self-assessment is the habituated ability of evaluating your results against your informed intention.
is a career exploration tool that helps you match your skills, interests, values and experiences to types of career paths. This is a helpful platform particularly if you are in a brainstorming phase and are either looking to generate new career path ideas or simply clarify a match between your value and skill set with industries or fields you may or may not already connect with. The first time you log in, your username will be 'mcgill' and your password will be 'careers.' Then you will make your own username and password.
One of the most widely used personality instruments to help individuals discover their personality type.
Rate yourself against the skills employers say are needed in today's workplace.
This inventory from the Government of Canada Job Bank will help get you thinking about your workplace values.
For more self-assessment resources, check out the tools at CaPS.
ProgramsThese 55-minute workshops aimed at exploring central components of personal development and leadership capacity-building, help you define how you want to navigate through your academic career as well as through life! Invest in learning more about yourself and your peers through these engaging, stimulating, and fun workshops.
The Undergraduate Hive is a four-part career exploration program that draws heavily on design thinking principles to give you a better understanding of yourself, your options and available resources to help you in the process.
Participants will complete two vocational tests, the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, and the Strong Interest Inventory, and learn to identify their skills, interests, and values. The workshop curriculum will also include hands-on experiential learning opportunities, and self-reflection activities.
Level Up: The Change Maker's Guide to Teamwork & LeadershipDo you want to change the world? Learn to work better with others! One of the most defining skill sets of your career will be around how well you work with other people when its challenging. It’s also a development edge you have an opportunity to experience and explore during your undergrad. Whether you are a newly elected exec., in a student group or task team outside of class or in class, this 2-part workshop* will help give you clarity about what’s necessary in bringing your group to the next level of achieving results. Bring yourself or your whole group and definitely register on Skills21 for both workshops.
*This 2-part workshop is still currently called “Optimizing teamwork & leadership: Inclusive leadership & creating cohesive groups for student leaders” in Skills21 and is a collaboration between the OASIS Career Advisor and Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E).
OASIS Career Advising
Once you've spent time developing clarity about some of the foundational elements of your self-assessment, you may wish talk out some of the directional options you are considering. Linking the value of your degree to the quality of your own personal and professional development, the Career Advisor helps you connect your undergraduate experiences to “what comes next.” By learning to strategically develop oneself through the access and engagement of University resources, opportunities, and experiences, Arts students learn to leverage their most important asset for life-long learning and success!
To help better connect your university experience to what comes next, book an appointment today with your Arts OASIS Career Advisor, Brandy Jugandi, at brandy.jugandi [at] mcgill.ca.