Stage 1: Who am I?
In many international schools, this first step sees students explore their strengths, skills and interests. Let’s take a quick look at each of these factors.
How would students describe their personality? For example, would they describe themselves as creative or analytical, calm or high energy, sociable or introverted?
What are students good at? It could be maths, languages, humanities or programming. Skills awareness can be as simple as understanding what subjects they enjoy at school - and why.
Closely related to skills are students’ interests. What are their extracurricular activities and hobbies? Are they interested in sports, reading, creative writing?
These combined factors help students to have a greater sense of self-awareness and critical reflection, both of which are invaluable when considering wider career options.
The extent to which different international schools offer this early assessment of strengths and skills will, of course, vary depending on the size and resources of the school.
Some schools may start this work with students from a young age, possibly as young as year 7/grade 6/middle school. For others, this exploration may begin at a slightly later date.
It’s also common for international schools to use personality and assessment tests to help students to gain awareness of these attributes; for example the 16 Personalities test or the personality and careers-based tests offered by organisations such as Human eSources