I work primarily as a career coach and often encourage people to develop their own self-awareness of what they want from their career by suggesting they carry out some self-assessment activities. The main ones I use are included in the acronym VISTA: values, interests, skills/strengths, talents and aspirations. Here is VISTA in a bit more detail:
Values – what is really important to me?
Interests – what do I most enjoy doing?
Skills and strengths – what could I use more in my work?
Talents – what would best describe what I do?
Aspirations – who do I really want to be?
So if you haven’t done it already do take time to consider your own VISTA and how you can use it to develop your own career goals.
Do spend some time developing your VISTA.