Determining what you want from work and what you have to offer prospective employers requires a process of self-assessment.
It isn’t an easy task but well worth it. Think about the skills you could list under each of these categories.
- What are your skills?
Skills can be categorised in the following ways:
- Content specific – skills relevant to teaching
- functional – skills enabling you to relate to data; communication skills and problem solving skills
- adaptive – skills that enable you to self-manage (time management, reliability)
2. What do you value?
People differ regarding their work values.
Security, intellectual challenge, power, autonomy, financial reward, professional development, promotion, status and recognition are just a few values people attach to their work.
Such values may affect the type of work you do. If you place a high value on security or a high value on people contact above all others, you will choose work to meet these values.
3. What are your interests?
Interests that relate to work are those that attract your attention and maintain your enthusiasm. They may be recognised by considering the enduring themes in your life such as the activities you have pursued over time, consistent choices or the way you spend your time. People search for environments that allow them to exercise their
- skills and abilities
- express their attitudes and values
- and take on agreeable problems and roles.
4. What is your approach to tasks?
Behavioural patterns are an important consideration when trying to determine suitable areas of work. They include characteristics such as decisiveness, tact, impulsiveness, persuasiveness, insight, idealism and innovation.
Referees or mentors is a good way to get another opinion and verify your ideas.
Overall your self-evaluation will provide you with some general thoughts. For example you could say after your self evaluation:
‘ My greatest skill is problem solving because…’ (give a scenario or example to show this).
‘I am good at organising other people to achieve a goal because I…’
‘ I seek work where there are practical applications for my skills like…’
‘ I would dislike to determine the parameters of my work; I would rather have structured tasks that are well defined because..’
‘ To achieve my career goal, I will probably need to work in an area where I can…’
When recruiting employers typically focus on those with relevant skills and experience to match specific needs. Marketing the transferability of your skills is one way to show prospective employers how you can best meets their needs. This provides greater access to potential work types and environments.
Clear and honest evaluation of yourself will make teaching in London the experience you want it to be.