Two male students chat with each other on the patio of Foellinger Auditorium.

Reflect on Your Interests

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What have I most enjoyed in my previous experiences?
  • Are there activities that I engage in where the time flies by?
  • What do I find myself discussing with friends and family?
  • What are the classes that I would take just for fun?

Your anwers to these questions are likely to be related to your genuine interests.

Identify Your Skills

What are you good at? What skills might you want a potential employer to know about you?  Take some time to consider your:

  • Experiences (study abroad, internships, clubs/organizations, part-time work, volunteer experience, leadership certificate)
  • Academic area of expertise
  • Strengths, such as communication, leadership, or teamwork skills

Determine your strengths and find a way to incorporate them into your story. 

Incorporate Your Values

Values are the beliefs and attitudes you hold. Find a way to incorporate your values while telling your story. There are three different types of values to consider: intrinsic values, extrinsic values, and lifestyle values. Here are some examples:

Intrinsic Values - these values are tied to what is going to motivate you on a daily basis and provide inner satisfaction

  • Helping others
  • Experiencing adventure
  • Having a great deal of public contact
  • Opportunities to express your creativity

Extrinsic Values - these values are the tangible benefits that you have in the workplace

  • Receiving recognition for your work
  • Having control over your schedule
  • Opportunities for bonuses and promotions
  • Having pretisge

Lifestyle Values - these values are personal including how you choose to spend your free time

  • Spending time with family
  • Being active in your community
  • Having access to cultural opportunities
  • Living abroad

Understand Your Purpose

Your purpose comes from the combination of interests, skills, and values. It is critical to articulate your purspose throughout your story. Your purpose sets you apart from other candidates. It is what makes you unique and the right-fit for an opportunity.