Self-awareness is a journey of understanding what your belief systemsÂ are. Learning about beliefs that empower us and beliefs that prevent us from achieving what we desire.
Self-awareness can be about understanding what we value most. Learning about what is most important to us and why it's important to us. Self-Awareness is having a clear perception of our personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self-Awareness allows us to understand other people, how they perceive us, our attitude and responses to them in the moment.
Why develop self-awareness:
As we develop self-awareness we are able to make changes in the thoughts and interpretations we can make in your mind. Changing the interpretations in our mind allows us to change our emotions. Self-awareness is one of the attributes of Emotional Intelligence and an important factor in achieving success.
Self-awarenessÂ is the first step in creating what we want. Where we focus our attention, our emotions, reactions, personality and behaviour determine where we go in life. Having self-awareness allows us to see where our thoughts and emotions are taking us. It also allows us to see the controls of our emotions, behaviour, and personality so we can make changes as we want. Until we are aware in the moment of the controls to our thoughts, emotions, words, and behaviour, we will have difficulty making changes in the direction of our life
What is Self-Analysis
Self-Analysis is a process through which a person becomes aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses, skills and abilities, interests, values, goals, and aspirations. Self-analysis is the first step of the career planning and development process. During a self-analysis a person gathers information about himself /herself in order to make an informed career decision. A self-analysis should include a look at the following values, interests, personality, and skills. Self-analysis builds confidence of a person. There are many interpretations meaning under self-analysis. Self-analysis can be interpreted on the basis of the self-awareness; evaluate and analyse; diagnostic tools; model and framework and the critical reflection and reflexivity (Barron, 1993)
Didier Anzieu's doctoral thesis (1975; trans. 1986) treated Freud's self-analysis, he had already published a briefer, more general text:Â L'auto-analyse: Son rôle dans la découverte de la psychanalyse par Freud, sa fonction en psychanalyseÂ .Self-analysis is role in the discovery ofÂ psychoanalysis by Freud and its function in psychoanalysis; 1959).
There one finds, in addition to research on the self-analysis of the young Freud, a study of self-analysis in general, both in literature (the surrealists) and in the clinic, before and after treatment.
Freud's Self-analysisÂ (1986) dropped the study of self-analysis in general and featured an epistemological and historical approach to Freud's self-analysis, primarily as revealed inÂ The Interpretation of DreamsÂ (1900a), in relation to the discovery of psychoanalysis.
Importance of Self analysis
"Know thyself" Is a famous quote from the ancient philosopher Socrates? More than 2,000 years later it's still sound advice. It has several benefits:
â€¢Self-analysis helps a person identify its strengths that can be emphasized, and assess its weaknesses that can be downplayed and worked on.
â€¢Self-analysis gives person a practice in articulating his/her achievements, aspirations, and goals in a way that emphasizes the fit between his/her profile and the strategic needs of the organization with which he/she is interviewing or negotiating.
â€¢As a person reviews his/her background, he/she becomes more aware of what he/she can contribute to an employer. Self-Analysis lets a person know a true picture of him/her. A person can make realistic goals by keeping in view this picture. He/she comes to know that where he is standing and how far he/she has to go in order to as achieve his/her objectives.
â€¢Self-Analysis can make a person realize about his/her choice for career planning. A Person knows whether a particular career suits him/her and whether he/she needs to change his/her career goals and path.
What is Self-assessment:
Self-assessment allows the rater to look at their own performance, form conclusions about performance level, and act upon those conclusions to create a development plan. Accurate self-assessment requires introspection and realistic self-perception (Wilson & Pearson, 1995). The rater must also be able to reflect on their performance and determine where improvements are necessary (Braskamp & Ory, 1994). (Larry A. Braskamp, 1994 )
Self-assessment takes many forms. In many organizations, self-evaluation is incorporated into the performance appraisal process or used to identify developmental needs (Atwater, 1998). Self-assessment also allows the rater to check compliance with stated requirements and standards, evaluate effectiveness, or assess performance (Richard D. Pearson, 1995). A self-evaluation can be used on its own to identify opportunities for improvement, or can be combined with the feedback of others to create a more rounded view of performance (Atwater, 1998) (Larry A. Braskamp, 1994 ).
A self-critical and objective process of Self-Assessment will enable you to Identify: Strengths to build upon satisfactory areas that can be improved; and Areas for improvement that require immediate action. it includes an overview of areas that have improved and areas still Requiring to improve it also provides either cross references/signposting to where appropriate Evidence and data can be found or give sufficient evidence including Relevant data, to support judgements
What is CPD (Amol Padwad, 2011)
The acronym 'CPD' stands for 'Continuous' or 'Continuing Professional Development' and broadly signifies the process of continuing growth of a professional after joining the profession. In education, generally speaking, it seems that there are two views of CPD - the narrow and the broad. The narrow view considers CPD as the imparting/ acquiring of some specific sets of skills and/ or knowledge in order to deal with some specific new requirements. The broad view considers CPD as a much deeper, wider and longer term process, in which professionals continuously enhance not only their knowledge and skills, but also their thinking, understanding and maturity; they grow not only as professionals, but also as persons; their development is not restricted to their work roles, but may also extend to new roles and responsibilities. CPD refers to the development of the whole person with attention to technical actuarial skills, related professional skills, business and management skills, professionalism skills and personal skills such as independence of thought and time management.
Importance of CDP
As it builts confidence and credibility while in work and we can track our performance. As we progress we can show case our achievements. Due CPD we can achieve our career goals by focussing on our training and development and we can keep learning new things. We can become positive and constantly keep updating our skills. We can become more productive and efficient on our learning and we can highlight the gaps in our experience. As organisations shift the responsibility for personal development back to the individual, the ability and insight to manage your own professional growth is seen as a key strength.
In an organisation it helps to maximise staff potential by linking learning to actions and theory to practice, it also helps HR professionals to set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) objectives, for training activity to be more closely linked to business needs and Promotes staff development. This leads to better staff morale and a motivated workforce helps give a positive image/brand to organisations. It also Adds-value, by reflecting it will help staff to consciously apply learning to their role and the organisation's development and Links to appraisals. This is a good tool to help employees focus their achievements throughout the year. Constantly evolving technology, faster rates of product development and the need for employees to work across several disciplines require everyone to be aware of the need to regularly update their skills. CPD offers a well-recognised mechanism for professional engineers, scientists and technologists to update their technical competence, communication and management skills and appreciation of the commercial aspects of their industry. CPD will allow us to spot opportunities and exploit new ideas effectively. Only through CPD will us to able to realise our full potential for excellence.
The Human Metrics test
My test results:
You have moderate preference of Extraversion over introversion (44 %)
You have marginal or no preference of sensing over intuition (1%)
You have marginal or no preference of thinking over feeling (1%)
You have slight preference of judging over perceiving (22%)
The Human Metrics test supports my intended position as it reported that my style is ESTJ (Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, and Judgment) known as Supervisors. Â ESTJs have the strongest need to control structure and organise their lives. We are very practical, feet on the ground people. (Centre for confidence ) .We focus on their keen observational abilities on real-time activities and facts, where they will sense the minute something is not working correctly and take immediate action to rectify it. We rely on and uphold laws, guidelines, and standard operating procedures. We are often found in management positions where they combine people skills, with their natural decision making ability. They will work hard to ensure everything is running smoothly according to set goals and guidelines. They can handle detailed work quite well. They are organized, logical and outgoing. We are take-charge on people. We have such a clear vision of the way that things should be, that we naturally step into leadership roles. ESTJ personalities love connecting to other people and like to interact with others. It is very rare not to see any of us in community clubs, citizen groups, temples or other traditional organisations. For example, family values are very important to most us, and they do their best not to miss to attend weddings, funerals, family reunions etc. and we don't be miss out to greet others on their special occasion such as birthdays, wedding anniversary etc. People with ESTJ personality type are also very traditional and religious. We tend to admire high power and high social status, and respect people who have achieved a lot in their lives.
We are very practical, realistic, and matter-of-fact, with a natural head for business or mechanics. Though they are not interested in subjects they see no use for, they can apply themselves when necessary. They like to organize and run activities. We make good administrators, especially if they remember to consider others' feelings and points of view, which they often miss. They are self-confident and aggressive. The needs to watch out for the tendency to be too rigid, and to become overly detail-oriented.
Weakness: Since they put a lot of weight in their own beliefs, it's important that they remember to value other people's input and opinions. Our Potential problem are that sometime we trust on others too much that and believe that they are right irrespective of knowing the truth. We cannot express our feelings naturally. We don't like to hear wrong things about us, we like if someone appreciates us rather criticise us. Stubbornness, inflexibility and eagerness to dominate in various situations
Careers that ESTJs would like to have:
Teaching, construction, police work, banking, supervisory, head teachers. executive, ceo, supervisor, business consultant, manager, strategist, financial planner, business person, office manager, public relations manager, international business specialist, business analyst, management consultant, operations manager, loan officer, lawyer, marketing, sports management, government employee, investment banker
poet, artist, songwriter, musician, novelist, art therapist, theatre teacher, art curator, film editor, video game designer, photo journalist, travel writer, actor, record store owner, camera operator, art historian, music teacher
Famous people sharing our personalities:
George W. Bush (U.S. President)
Grover Cleveland (U.S. President)
Harry S. Truman (U.S. President)
Lyndon B. Johnson (U.S. President)
John D. Rockefeller
Sam Walton (Founder of Wal-Mart)
Prospects career planner:
According to this test, Financial manager job suits me very much (88 %) as it cover my most of the qualities like analysing, developing, managing, supervising. The two sectors I am most interested in are management and advisory. Within these sectors, the roles that I would suit the most. This supports my identified target position because I want to enter into a scheme which will lead up to a higher management position. Working as a financial management consultant or an advisor should be focused highly motivated towards the goals.
According to test, Equality and diversity officer suits me very much (98 %), but my aim is become a financial manager or financial advisor. I think these types of jobs are interesting and challengeable. I like to work in high level management of a company and provide expert advices to the people and clients.
Financial Advisor: according to test 85 % of my qualities matches with the qualities of financial advisor. To becoming a successful financial advisor one should have excellent communication, interpersonal and listening skills; time management skills; decision-making skills; self-motivation and organisation. After becoming a successful financial adviser, I can start my own firm or work at the highest level in a huge reputed company. My future plan would be to open my own firm. Most of the top reputed firm financial advisor has a professional degree like charted financial Analyst (CFA) and many other professional degrees related financial planning and post graduate degrees.
Career Planner Quiz
According to Career Planner quiz
Green means communicating skills and Yellow means administrating skills
People with Green interests like to do things that involve interaction with other people. They enjoy opportunities to influence others by debating and discussing the opinions and ideas. Most often these activities are focused on ways to help other people improve or grow personally and professionally. They enjoy the fame and don't run away from a chance to be on stage and instead they perform well in the stage. They like to think out of the box and seek out other people to engage in verbal dialogue. Our Hobbies may include: Theatre, community service projects, club member, volunteer coaching, and homeowner's associations. Career choices often are: Sales, Teaching, Social Service, Clergy, Advertising, Politics, Public Relations, Hospitality, and Entertainment.
People with Yellow strengths are good at managing work and creating systematic processes that allow them to get complex work done very smoothly. Once a game plan has been finalised and ready to be implemented their decisions are based on facts and carefully reasoned. When working with other people, they are fair and democratic and always can be counted on to deliver what they commit to.
Intended career path:
I always wanted to work in a high level management company as a financial manager or financial advisor. I have strong knowledge in accounts and other management subjects. As this are the important qualities of become good financial manager or financial advisor. After completing my under graduation in commerce background, I worked with Citigroup- under mortgages department for 2-years and I gained lots of knowledge, like how to work in a top notch management company , handling team of four people , employee satisfaction and many more. After that now I am pursuing MBA so that I can enhance my job to higher level management. I can use my previous 2-years work experience and can easily handle and tackle the problem faced during the course of the employment. After completing my MBA I would like to work in top reputed company as a financial manager or a financial advisor. My inspiration is John D. Rockefeller Industrialist, Philanthropist was very dedicated and responsible he did everything so that he can fulfil their duties and meet their promises. He is respected man all around the world and promoted a good work ethic, and strongly detests laziness or any attempts to cheat or cut corners, especially in the workplace. Power, authority and prestige must be earned.
My friend provided me feedbacks stating that I am quite knowledgeable in few areas such as accounting skills, numerical skills. According to them I am trustworthy a person whom can rely upon, helping nature. And there some blind areas where I have to work on it and get rid of it to become a successful manager. According to my friends I lack creativity, innovation in me. I should try to work on my negative qualities so that I don't face any problems during the employment. According to the feedback, I become too judgmental and poor understanding of other people's feelings, which leads of loss of trust from other people and in later stage it, could become a major problem in future. To become a good manager one must get rid of stubbornness, inflexibility nature from there life. Sometimes I easily run out of patience very quickly when they are talking to somebody whose approach to life is radically different. , I am slightly close minded and inflexible, and uncomfortable to people of diversed groups, whose thinking is not same as mine. According to my feedbacks received from friends. My friends noticed that I enjoy listening to good jokes and share my own jokes so that opposite doesn't get bored of me and our relationship goes on.
Above is my SWOT analysis results, looking at the strengths given above I am quite friendly with others and I mix up with all people even if they are strangers. I have good knowledge in my academics and other management subjects this helps me out in understanding the working atmosphere in a management company without any difficulties and helps me to perform well in a company. Looking at my weakness, I become tempered very easily which can be a big problem in future if I don't control it. If I don't control it now, people will not respect me and people would try to ignore me which could be effect on me. My another weakness is that I lack innovative and creativity skills. This could be hurdle for me at the time of promotion in a company. I tend to follow the traditional way, rather creating a new way. My strongest and most important point is that I am trustworthy, it's very hard to gain trust from people. My friends and colleagues find me a trustworthy. They can share their secrets or any important issues to me on a trust that I won't reveal it to others. My another strength is that I care for my friends and relatives. Whenever they need help I am ready to help them irrespective of other things around me. I have this nature with me from long time, I always be there for them. Sometimes this could be a problem if I tend to be over caring for them. Coming to my weakness I tend to judge people very soon irrespective of knowing them fully. Due to this I have faced lots of problems such as having quarrel with friends, fighting, misunderstanding with others. One must get rid of this nature so that when working in a company we should be diplomatic and should not judge people. I have a good communicating skills, this skill helps me in many ways such as in a company presentation, talking in front of other people etc. . . . With help of this skill I can easily communicate with other people easily can understand what they speak and because of this I made my social life very interesting. Sometimes I become very stubborn in a particular point and it's very hard for me to change it which is a bad sign for me. With this nature I would face lots of problem while working in a company. As I have few years of work experience in a company I have learnt administrating and managing skills a lot. I tend to apply these skills in day to day life and this helps me a lot. Due to this all my official and personal work are easily managed without any problems. There are few positive and negative sides in me which I have tried to control so that I can be a successful. Due to external factors like corruption in the country, there can be a threat to us, as there are some people who perform their duties truly and don't get promotion and those who use unfair practices they get promotion easily. Some times in a company the seniors tend exploit the juniors by giving more work and getting less paid.
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