If you use your talents to the best of your abilities you are much more likely to succeed in your life.
You’ll also find yourself with fewer problems if you are aware of your weaknesses.
So how can you know what your weaknesses and strengths are? SWOT Analysis.
What is SWOT analysis?
SWOT is a technique that helps you analyze your strengths and weaknesses, and it helps you uncover your opportunities that you might otherwise not spot.
When you look at yourself in the SWOT framework you are able to separate yourself from others and develop your talents and abilities.
How to Use Personal SWOT Analysis for Career Development
First you will answer the questions pertaining to strength.
They include questions such as “what do you do better than others” or “what are your personal resources.” Don’t answer these quickly. Consider them thoroughly and answer appropriately. You should never be modest. Consider your strengths in relation to others.
Next you will answer questions relating to your weaknesses.
They’ll include questions such as “what will others see as your weaknesses” or “do you have personality characteristics that could hold you back.” Just as you did in the strength category, carefully consider your answers and be as realistic and honest as possible.
The third section is based on opportunities and will ask you questions about your ability to network, your competitors, and your opportunities.
Two of the fastest growing fields in America are computer engineering and systems analysts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports they expect both fields to grow by 90%.
Performing your threats analysis provides key information of what you need to do.
What obstacles you might face, and weaknesses that could lead to a threat.
Personal SWOT Analysis Examples
What would a personal SWOT analysis example look like?
Here is an example of a SWOT analysis for Ted, a sales manager.
- am creative often influencing customers with a new viewpoint of a particular product.
- I communicate well with my customers.
- I am able to ask key questions to discover exactly what the customer wants.
- I have a strong desire to quickly finish tasks on my to do list and as a result my work sometimes suffers.
- Too much to get done can cause me stress.
- I get nervous when presenting products to customers.
- A major retailer has developed a reputation for poor quality goods and service.
- I’m attending a top-notch sales conference in two weeks.
- My boss is going on maternity leave and I’ll be taking over her position for the next 6 months, which might be a terrific career opportunity.
- Doug, a colleague of mine is a stronger salesperson than I am, and he’s competing with me for department manager.
- I’m working too hard and that’s affecting my sales ability.
- The current economic climate has slowed the market down.
After the SWOT analysis Ted is able to better focus on the right course of action for his future.
“SWOT your career and your personal life.”