Section 2.1
Getting to
Know Yourself
Getting to Know Yourself
Section 2.1
Main Idea
You need to know yourself to choose the right
career.
You need to know your values, interests, skills,
and talents.
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Key Terms
self-awareness
values
interests
experiences
volunteer work
skills
knowledge
talents
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Getting to Know Yourself
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Self-Awareness Means Knowing
Yourself
self-awareness
Self-awareness is about
knowing yourself.
Knowing your thoughts,
feelings, and actions.
When you know yourself,
you can make good choices.
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Self-Awareness Means Knowing
Yourself
To be self-aware, you need to know:
Your
values
Your
interests
Your
skills
Your
talents
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Your Values Are What is Important to
You
values
You can become more
self-aware by thinking about
your values.
Things that are
important to you.
You want to make a good
match between your values
and your career.
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Your Values Are What is Important to
You
Which values are most important to you?
helping other people
being part of a family
earning a lot of money
having good health
being a spiritual or religious person
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Your Values Are What is Important to
You
When you live by your values, you can be
proud of your life.
Most happy people take pride in their work
and live by their values.
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Your Interests are the Things You
Like to Do
interests
Understanding your
interests is another part of
understanding yourself.
Things you like to do.
Knowing your interests will
help you choose a career
and plan your life.
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Your Interests are the Things You
Like to Do
You can figure out your
interests by thinking about
your experiences at school,
home, work, and in the
community.
experiences
Activities you have tried.
How you spend your leisure
time is another clue to your
interests.
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Your Interests are the Things You
Like to Do
volunteer work
Volunteer work is helpful
work experience.
Work you do without
receiving pay.
Imagine that you volunteer at
your local library. You will
find out if you would enjoy
working there full time.
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Your Interests are the Things You
Like to Do
You can learn about your interests and
identify jobs that are right for you by taking an
interest survey.
An interest survey is a list of questions about
your likes and dislikes.
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Your Skills are Your Specific Abilities
skills
Skills are things you know
how to do.
Abilities to do specific
tasks.
Taking care of children is
a skill.
Operating a wheelchair is
a skill.
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Your Skills are Your Specific Abilities
There are two types of skills:
Job-specific skills are abilities you need to do
a specific job, like using a table saw.
Transferable skills are general abilities, like
reading and writing, and personal qualities, like
responsibility and honesty.
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Your Skills are Your Specific Abilities
knowledge
When you put knowledge
and practice together, you
get a skill.
Understanding facts.
To improve a skill, you need
to learn more and practice
more. Practice means
repeating something again
and again.
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Your Talents are Your Natural Gifts
talents
A talent is the ability to do
something easily or to learn
something easily.
Natural gifts.
You will be happier if you
choose a career that lets you
use your special talents.
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Your Talents are Your Natural Gifts
Three Types of Talents
Mental Talents
Talents that involve thinking and creativity.
Physical Talents
Talents that involve using your body.
Social Talents
Talents that involve getting along with
other people.
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Section 2.2
Being an
Individual
Being an Individual
Section 2.2
Main Idea
Everyone is different.
Your personality and self-image make you
an individual.
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Being an Individual
Section 2.2
Key Terms
personality
learning styles
self-image
self-esteem
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Being an Individual
Section 2.2
Your Personality is How You Think,
Feel, and Act
personality
Your personality is an
important part of who you
are.
The way you think, feel,
and act.
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Being an Individual
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Your Personality is How You Think,
Feel, and Act
Understanding your personality will help you
pick a career you will like.
Your personality can make you well suited for
certain types of work.
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Being an Individual
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Your Personality is How You Think,
Feel, and Act
learning styles
When you know your
learning style, you can figure
out the best way to learn
something new.
The different ways
people naturally think
and learn.
There are eight different
learning styles.
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Being an Individual
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Your Personality is How You Think,
Feel, and Act
The Eight Learning Styles
Verbal-linguistic learners
Logical-mathematical learners
Visual-spatial learners
Musical-rhythmic learners
Bodily-kinesthetic learners
are good with words.
are good with numbers.
are good at imagining things.
have musical talent.
like to touch things and move around.
Interpersonal learners
are good with people.
Intrapersonal learners
are usually very self-aware and confident.
Naturalistic learners
enjoy nature.
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Being an Individual
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Your Self-Image is How You See
Yourself
self-image
Another part of you is your
self-image.
How you see yourself.
Your self-image is how you
picture yourself in your mind.
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Being an Individual
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Your Self-Image is How You See
Yourself
When you have a positive self-image:
you feel good about yourself.
you can picture yourself achieving what you
want in life.
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Being an Individual
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Your Self-Image is How You See
Yourself
self-esteem
When you see yourself in
your mind, do you like what
you see?
A positive feeling
about yourself.
If so, you probably have
high self-esteem.
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Being an Individual
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Your Self-Image is How You See
Yourself
Advantages of Self-Esteem
It helps you feel confident.
It helps you try new things.
It helps you learn.
It helps you get along with other people.
It helps you succeed at school and on the job.
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Being an Individual
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Speaking of Empathy
To communicate well, it is important to use empathy.
Empathy is caring about the feelings, thoughts, and
experiences of others. Use empathy when you talk and when
you listen. If someone makes you upset, stay calm and ask
what the person meant to say. Communicating with empathy
is very important on the job. It helps you get along with
customers, coworkers, and supervisors.
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Understanding Yourself
Chapter 2
Review
1. Explain why you need self-awareness to
set career goals.
You need to self-awareness to set career goals
because self-awareness helps you decide which
career area best fits your values, interests,
talents, and personality.
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2. Tell why it is important to know your values.
It is important to know your values because
values are the basis of the choices you make.
Values help you do what you think is right.
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3. List three ways to identify your interests
and talents.
Three ways to identify your interests and talents
include: trying a wide range of activities; taking
an interest or aptitude survey; and paying
attention to what other people say you do well.
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4. Explain why you should consider your
personality and learning styles when
choosing a career.
You should consider your personality and
learning styles when choosing a career because
this will help you find a job that is a good match
and that you will be happy doing.
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5. Describe why it is important to have a
positive self-image.
It is important to have a positive self-image
because this helps you feel good about yourself
and try new things.
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Chapter 2
Understanding
Yourself
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Section 2.1 Getting to Know Yourself