Professional Development

Personal Assessment

The first step is to understand who you are professionally.  Use the tools on this page to gather information about your current knowledge, skills, abilities and interests. The following tools will guide you through the career assessment process. 

  1. Getting Ready - Reflect on your current job, future goals and untapped abilities.
  2. Learn More - View the online courses below for more help in assessing strengths, values and opportunities.
  3. Access More Resources -  Scroll down for websites that offer additional information.

1. Getting Ready -  A Series of Self-Reflection Questions

Getting in the right frame of mind is the first step in identifying your competencies.  These questions can help you to begin thinking about your likes, dislikes, goals and abilities. Reflecting on these items can greatly assist you in your career development or job search.

Current Job

  1. What do you like most about your current  job?      
  2. What would you like to do more of?      
  3. What do you like least about your current job?      
  4. What would you like to do less of?      
  5. What skills does your current job require?  What is your current skill level in these areas?

When considering your current and desired skillset, it may help to review USF's current business & computer systems.

Professional Growth Goals

  1. Two or three years from now, where would you like to be professionally?      
  2. What would you need to achieve now to accomplish this?   
  3. What new responsibilities or challenges would move you ahead?

Untapped Abilities

  1. Is there something more that you could do that would make a greater contribution to your organization?     
  2. Is there a new task or role you could take on that would make better use of your talents?      
  3. What additional value could you provide?  What would it take to "release" this?      
  4. What are you not "allowed" to do that you could do and would like to do?      
  5. What challenges would you like to face that might help you grow?

Job Satisfaction

  1. What would help you obtain more satisfaction from your work?     
  2. What changes could you make in your performance that would satisfy you more?

New Skills and Capabilities

  1. What new jobs, roles, abilities, etc. would you like to be better at?
  2. What training, certifications, etc. would you like to obtain?
Source: Strategic Employee Development Guide, Robert Brinkerhoff and Rhonda Messinger
2. Learn More

For more information, view the online "Discovering Your Strengths" and "Managing Your Career" courses below.  Click the title to launch the course.  Click here for first-time access instructions. logo

Online course

Discovering Your Strengths offered by LinkedIn Learning    Course Overview:  "Join author and business coach Dave Crenshaw as he demonstrates ways to discover what you're truly best at doing and how to leverage those strengths and abilities in your professional life. This course reveals how to uncover your strengths and talents, match them to job responsibilities, and develop a path to apply those strengths at work. Set yourself up for continued success with self-assessments and the ability to invest in yourself and make continual improvements as your career grows. This course is one of a series of five Dave Crenshaw courses based on his invaluable teaching methodology for professional development."                                   logo

Online course

Managing Your Career offered by LinkedIn Learning     Course Overview:  "What do you enjoy doing, and how are you uniquely qualified to build a rewarding career out of your interests, skills, and experience? In this course, author Valerie Sutton guides you through the process of proactively managing your career by identifying your options, needs, and interests. Discover how to assess your experience, work-reward values, and qualifications, all with the goal of creating a robust career profile that charts your future growth. The course also shows how to fully investigate career options and perform a gap analysis in order to find key opportunities."

3.  Access More Resources:

CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. This site provides a wealth of free resources.  CareerOneStop provides interactive self assessments and a toolkit to profile your skills.  Resources include tips for resumes, cover letters, interviewing and negotiating. Learn about setting career goals and planning for the future. Explore occupations, learn about networking and find more local training and help.

Browse the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for information covering many occupations. offers information for people with disabilities.  Select the employment section to learn more specifically about jobs and disability.