Your extracurricular activities are an excellent indicator of your interests and talents outside of the classroom.
Some students have a clear view of what they want to study and know exactly what their careers are going to be, while others don’t have a clue. No matter where you are in the college planning process or high school timeline -- your classes, extracurricular activities, internships, job experiences may change your mind. Writing out a self-assessment can help you figure out what you want to study, where you want to attend college and what you’ll enjoy doing for a career.
By looking at specific aspects of your academic skills, career goals, and personal interests and values, you’ll get a better picture of your strengths and eligibility for colleges. Plus, conducting a self-assessment will also help you with the college matching process.
Read about the different assessments below and record your answers to the questions. You can use your self-assessment to help plan your college education and career.
What’s a Self-Assessment?
A self-assessment is a way to look at all of your skills and experience in a cohesive way that can help you plan your education and begin writing a resume. In high school you are beginning to form an idea of what you want to do as an adult and that is helping you determine the type of education you will need after high school. By taking stock in what you’ve learned, what you do and what you’re good at, you’ll be able to think about your future with a more clear perspective of yourself.
How to Start Your Self-Assessment
Your self-assessment covers the key areas of your life: academics, extracurricular activities and career goals. These three aspects of your experience in school, clubs and sports and what you hope to do in the future will shape your plan to attend college and what you study once you are enrolled.
Explore the summary below of each part of the self-assessment. Then, get started!
Evaluate your academic skills with questions about what you’re good at and what you enjoy in school so you can start thinking about college majors, schools and prospective careers.
Start Academic Self-Assessment >>
Explore the activities you do outside of standard class time in clubs and after school activities like sports. This section also includes questions about your personal beliefs and opinions that could influence where you want to attend college and how they all relate to potential career options.
Start Extracurricular Self-Assessment >>
If you frame your education around potential careers that fit in with your academic skills, extracurricular activities and personal beliefs, you’ll save money by choosing the right college, major and degree from the beginning. Consider these questions that may also help you find a part-time job or internship.
Start Career Self-Asssessment >>
Don't forget to record all of your answers to the self-assessment questions in one place. Your responses will come in handy for meetings with your guidance counselor, college applications, your resume and applying for jobs. Good luck!