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Career In Action: List Your Weaknesses

Listing your can be hard to do, mainly because very few of us want to admit we have any. The reason it is so important is because it will highlight areas that you need to work on to succeed in your chosen career paths or otherwise highlight which careers aren’t the right fit for you.


There are three main areas of weaknesses we all have. Technical (also known as skills), such as touch typing or driving a fork lift. Interpersonal, such as struggling with team work or not being good at written communication and mental, such as having poor memory or not being good at maths.


List your weaknesses down, and, if they are weaknesses you would like to improve, write down how you might combat these weaknesses to make them less of an issue in your professional life. For example, I have a really bad memory, hence why I take notes and keep a work diary (a diary could also be a great way to turn organization into your strength but more on strengths later). Be as brutally honest as you can manage, this will pay off tenfold later down the line.


Once you have your list see how your weaknesses may be involved in some of your proposed career paths and if some are assess whether that weakness is something that could be overcome (and indeed, whether you want to overcome it in the first place). Then rule out any pathways that would rely on the weaknesses that you have no desire to overcome or those you believe are outside of your capabilities.


Would any of your career choices rely on your weaknesses? Are there any weaknesses you would like to overcome and do you have an action plan for how to do this? Can you see the advantages of owning your weaknesses? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

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