“Sometimes asking tough questions causes you to make you make tough decisions. But it’s important to understand where you are in order to understand if you want to go anywhere else, and if you do, what direction to head…because you ain’t gonna end up north if you are heading west!” -Chelsea Dinsmore

As I was browsing, I came across a blog post on the website Live Your Legend, Chelsea’s words resonated with me. Self-assessment is vital in understanding where you want to go. It helps you come to realizations about yourself that you may not have discovered if you didn’t take the time to reflect. I kept this in mind during our Marketing Career Prep class as we took a self-assessment test to assess our skills for college success. I realized all the points the test covered could not only help me navigate college success, but career success as well. Having a self-awareness about your strengths and weaknesses can help reveal areas you need to work on, and lead you in the right direction.

I found my strongest area to be ‘discovering self-motivation.’ This is an area where my choices  keep me on course. Since I was a child, I’ve been independent and took it upon myself to get things done. I’ve had a good sense of what direction I should be going in and the work I need to do to get there, so this definitely makes sense to me.

The area I needed to work on was ‘developing emotional intelligence.’ I can chalk this up to being a sensitive person, and being passive when things aren’t right. I think as I’m getting older I’m learning that I need to express when something is wrong and resolve the situation instead of masking it. Working on this can help in my career to solve small problems so they don’t turn into larger ones.

The rest of the areas, for example; ‘employing interdependence’, ‘adopting lifelong learning’, and ‘believing in myself’ were all scored on the higher end of the neutral point of view, which I interpret as areas that might need a little more work to become my strengths. Navigating college is a new and unfamiliar concept to me. I’ve been out of high school for 10 years, so finding my footing again is going to take some effort, but I’m up for the challenge. Like Chelsea said, you’ve got to understand what direction you want to head, and college is the right step in moving forward to my digital marketing career. There’s going to be different paths along the way, and I’m excited to see where they lead.


If you’d like to read Chelsea’s Live Your Legend blog post, here is the link:

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