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Exercise 2.4 - Your Personal SWOT Analysis

To carry out a personal SWOT analysis to become more self-aware can help you to produce a video CV you can be proud of. Why? By doing a personal SWOT analysis you get the chance to reflect on your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and be more mindful when you decide how you best want to present yourself in your video CV. 

Before you start this exercise

  • Read the explanation of what is behind a personal SWOT analysis.
  • Study here, how the SWOT analysis is related to self-awareness.
  • On slideshare you will find a presentation containing some examples of strenghts, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
  • Print the Personal SWOT analysis template (Annex 2.3.1)

How to complete this exercise


Follow the following Personal SWOT analysis guidelines and complete your Personal SWOT Analysis template (Annex 2.3.1):

Step 1

Focus on the goal you want to achieve, which is to successfully present yourself for a job application by making a video CV.

Thinking specifically about that goal:

Step 2

Identify the personal strengths that will help you achieve it, and the weaknesses that could prevent you.
It is often helpful to consider knowledge, skills, experience, resources, and support that you have available. If you list these headings separately, you will remember to consider them all. These areas are generally internal, that is, they relate to you personally, and the resources and skills that are available to you. They are, therefore, things that are generally under your control.

Step 3

Identify any personal opportunities that could enable you to achieve the goal, and that you will be able to take advantage of when you have achieved it.
Opportunities are generally external, relating to the environment and those around you, rather than you yourself. They include things like promotions and financial incentives; and events that are likely to happen at school, work, home, or outside, such as something happening beyond your control that might mean you have a chance to do something new, e.g. one going on maternity leave or sabbatical. In identifying opportunities that might open as a result of achieving your goal, consider both short and long-term benefits.

Step 4

Identify any threats. These are external things and events that are worrying you, or that might happen and prevent you from either achieving your goals or taking advantage of the benefits.

Step 5

Review your analysis and prioritise. Ask yourself: Is this recognisably me? Is there anything that I have forgotten?

Congratulations - You made it!

Finally ask yourself: Which areas are most important in each of the four categories in the analysis?

Try to highlight one or, at most, two things from each of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that you think will be most important in achieving (or preventing you from achieving) your goal. In this case your goal is to identify what aspects of yourself you want to highlight, how and why in the video CV for job applications. Those aspects will be your priorities for action.

 

Educators' area

Background information and teaching material for guiding your students through the exercise or offering it in your classroom

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