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SWOT your personal skills
A SWOT analysis helps you to examine your skills in a context of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and this will increase your ability to plan your career preparation.
A personal SWOT analysis is a structure for analysing your own strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats you face. It is one step in a process which helps you to:
- appreciate the strengths of a situation, and you may then decide to build on these;
- define the weaknesses, which you might choose to minimise;
- make the most of the opportunities that present themselves, and
- recognise the possible threats and treat them in a planned and organised way.
Here is an example SWOT analysis from the University of Leeds School of Geography. In a SWOT analysis you note issues under the four headings. If you are new to the process the following questions may be helpful prompts to your thinking.
- What are your personal strengths?
- What do you do well?
- What do other people see as your strengths?
- What can be developed?
- What could you improve?
- What is working less optimally than you wish?
- What is being done badly?
- What should you avoid doing?
- If there were no constraints what would you like to do?
- What might be possible?
- What will happen in the next few years?
- Where do you want to be in five years time?
- Who might you want to work with?
- What could be a win – win situation?
- How may new technologies change your practices?
- What are the barriers to your development?
- What sort of obstacles do you face?
- Who else might move in a take over your tasks / job / business?
- Can you fund the short and long term?
- Will new technologies / developments change your roles?
- What change is coming?
Here is an example SWOT sheet for you to use.