Think about five experiences of which you are particularly proud. They may stem from your academic or personal life, volunteering, work, sports, clubs, associations, etc. Write down these experiences in detail.
Read over your account of your first experience. What skills do you feel you developed and/or demonstrated during this experience? It might help to check out the Conference Board of Canada’s ‘Employability Skills’.
Continue detailing your experiences and listing your skills. You will be amazed at the number of skills you have developed over the years. Continue this activity until you have detailed 25 experiences. This exercise will help you:
- Identify tasks you love doing most. (useful in making career decisions)
- Identify companies that you would fit in with best
- Demonstrate to employers that you have the skills they need
- Tell stories during interviews that draw connections between your past experiences and the position’s requirements