Step 3 - Aptitude
Discover Your Best
Step 3 is all about understanding who God created you to be. The more clearly you see your aptitudes and understand how God made you, the more you can maximize your career.
Step 3 in the You Are Created for Good Works workbook will guide you through exploring each of six factors about yourself (experiences, abilities, personality, interests, values, God’s calling) and then how to discover your gifts, passions, calling.
For You God created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14 NIV
Understanding your Aptitude helps you lay the foundation for answering interview questions and gives you the confidence to articulate what value you bring to the table. In Christ Jesus, you are God’s masterpiece created for good works.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Below are links to resources designed to help you in this step of the workbook. These are designed to go along with the workbook content, but can be used independently as well.
Summarize Your Best - This printable exercise helps you summarize what you’ve learned about your experiences, abilities, personality, interests, values, and God’s calling.
Career Interest Profiler - This tool makes it quick and easy to rate what you like concerning people, places, things and activities, which helps you discover which occupational clusters are the best for you to explore. To use the Interest Profiler, please login or create an account and go to the Job Seeker area to view it.
Inventory Your Experiences- A printable worksheet to organize and list each of your work experiences.
Self Assessment Exercise - Help yourself and others see you as God’s masterpiece by examining your Abilities, Values, Interests and Personality (A+VIP)
STAR Story Exercise - Learn to tell stories about your work accomplishments that answer these 4 questions: What Situation did you face? What Tasks were to be accomplished? What Actions did you take? What Results were achieved?
Ask Others Assessment Exercise - A list of questions to ask trusted others around you, to help you see yourself in a clearer light.
Free Talent Checkup- Checkster’s Talent Insights tool allows you to invite professional colleagues, supervisors, coaches, professors, etc. to submit feedback for your own growth and development.
Personality ID - Assessment from careerdirect.org. Career Direct examines four essential components of career selection: personality, interests, skills, and values. A modest fee and about an hour can give you insights into who you were created to be.
You are God’s Masterpiece Devotional - What does it mean to be a masterpiece created for “good works”? Read this devotional on the Crossroads Career blog to find out more.
Career Direct - The Career Direct® Guidance System was developed out of a need for a comprehensive, biblically-based assessment that would help people better understand their unique gifts and find the career or educational path that best matches their God-given strengths and abilities.
Coaches & Counselors
Find Academy Coaches - The Academies lets you search for several different types of coaching (from Job Search Strategist to Leadership Development Coach) to help you navigate your job search or career change.
Career Direct Consultants - A personalized 1-on-1 meeting and report to identify your unique design trends, increase the power of your results, and enable you to discover what's next.
National Career Development Association - Discover a certified practitioner in your area using the NCDA online directory.
Community College Finder- This search tool from the American Association of Community Colleges will help you locate a community college in your area.
Get Training from Goodwill - Resources from Goodwill will help you explore options and prepare for your next job or take the next step in your career.
Guide to Colleges & Grad Schools - Peterson's comprehensive online college search guide helps students discover their best-fit educational program, then helps to sort through options and provide advice on the often confusing college application process
Learn Free Online - Goodwill Community Foundation has numerous free resources to help you learn the essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. From G Suite, Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics of educational content.
Public Libraries near You - Libraries have many excellent free resources and are full of information to help you learn a new skill or develop a current competency. Use this search tool to locate one near you.