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Section 2.

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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.

Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1
Key Terms
self-awareness
values
interests
experiences

volunteer work
skills
knowledge
talents

Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Self-Awareness Means Knowing


Yourself
Self-awareness is about
knowing yourself.

self-awareness

Knowing your thoughts,


feelings, and actions.

When you know yourself,


you can make good choices.

Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Self-Awareness Means Knowing


Yourself
To be self-aware, you need to know:

Your
values

Your
interests

Your
skills

Your
talents

Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Your Values Are What is Important to


You
You can become more
self-aware by thinking about
your values.

values

Things that are


important to you.

You want to make a good


match between your values
and your career.
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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

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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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

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.

Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Your Interests are the Things You


Like to Do
Understanding your
interests is another part of
understanding yourself.

interests

Things you like to do.

Knowing your interests will


help you choose a career
and plan your life.
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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

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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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Your Interests are the Things You


Like to Do
Volunteer work is helpful
work experience.

volunteer work

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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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

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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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Your Skills are Your Specific Abilities


Skills are things you know
how to do.

skills
Abilities to do specific
tasks.

Taking care of children is


a skill.
Operating a wheelchair is
a skill.
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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

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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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Your Skills are Your Specific Abilities


When you put knowledge
and practice together, you
get a skill.

knowledge
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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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

Your Talents are Your Natural Gifts


A talent is the ability to do
something easily or to learn
something easily.

talents
Natural gifts.

You will be happier if you


choose a career that lets you
use your special talents.

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Getting to Know Yourself


Section 2.1

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
Your personality is an
important part of who you
are.

personality

The way you think, feel,


and act.

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Being an Individual
Section 2.2

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
Section 2.2

Your Personality is How You Think,


Feel, and Act
When you know your learning
style, you can figure out the
best way to learn something
new.

learning styles

The different ways


people naturally think
and learn.

There are eight different


learning styles.
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Being an Individual
Section 2.2

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
Section 2.2

Your Self-Image is How You See


Yourself
Another part of you is your
self-image.

self-image

How you see yourself.

Your self-image is how you


picture yourself in your mind.

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Being an Individual
Section 2.2

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
Section 2.2

Your Self-Image is How You See


Yourself
When you see yourself in
your mind, do you like what
you see?

self-esteem

A positive feeling
about yourself.

If so, you probably have


high self-esteem.

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Being an Individual
Section 2.2

Your Self-Image is How You See


Yourself
Advantages of Self-Esteem
It
It helps
helps you
you feel
feel confident.
confident.
It
It helps
helps you
you try
try new
new things.
things.
It
It helps
helps you
you learn.
learn.
It
It helps
helps you
you get
get along
along with
with other
other people.
people.
It
It helps
helps you
you succeed
succeed at
at school
school and
and on
on the
the job.
job.
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Being an Individual
Section 2.2

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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Understanding Yourself
Chapter 2
Review
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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Understanding Yourself
Chapter 2
Review
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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Understanding Yourself
Chapter 2
Review
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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Understanding Yourself
Chapter 2
Review
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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End of

Chapter 2
Understanding
Yourself