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Self-assessment is the process of evaluating one’s abilities, skills, values, interests and personality traits. It is the first step in the career planning process. There are a variety of tools and tests that can be used to gather information about oneself, but the self-assessment process isn’t necessarily based on formal testing. The purpose of this process is to find occupations that are a good fit for the individual.


Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. Glossary of Career Development Terms. 2012. Online: (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)

Rosenberg McKay, Dawn. “An Overview of  Self-Assessment in Career Planning.” About Careers. Online: (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)

University of Waterloo, Centre for Career Action. “Self assessment.” Online: (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)

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