Identifying your interests

When planning your career, it’s a good idea to factor your strengths, passions and interests into your exploration of potential jobs. This page will help you identify your interests so that you can narrow down your search for a viable career.

Asking yourself some questions

A great way to identify your interests is to consider what you enjoy spending your time on and what you naturally excel at. Here are some questions to help you identify your interests:

  • What are you good at?
  • What do you care about?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  • What do you enjoy learning about?
  • What frustrates you in the world?
  • What subjects do you find the most interesting at school?
  • What do people ask you for help with?

Identifying your skills

You should also consider your skills and abilities when exploring different job options. Our skills inventory  will help you identify the transferrable skills and hidden skills you can factor into your career plan.

Getting an outside perspective

To further explore your interests and strengths, talk to people who know you well. In the same way that you would use a mirror to get an outside perspective on what you look like, your parents, teachers, coaches, or good friends can provide you with a perspective on your skills, abilities and potential that you might not be able to see on your own.

You can ask these people what they see in you by having them answer questions similar to those you’ve asked yourself about your interests. You can also get them to validate your skills inventory and see if they can think of anything you missed.