3 Questions to Ask Yourself to Figure Out What You’re Good At

Don’t know which career path is for you because you don’t know what you’re good at? Ask yourself these three questions.
Carmen Teh
Writer, gradsingapore

Some students may already know the kind of profession they want to pursue before they’re even in their final year of study. Other students, on the other hand, may take longer to ascertain the career path for them.

One of the reasons why some students are uncertain about what career to pursue is because they are unable to identify what they’re good at, and what career path would be well-suited for their strengths.

If you are someone who is struggling with this issue, you can ask yourself these three questions that'll bring you a step closer to finding out what you’re good at.

1. What are the skills that have helped you overcome challenges?

Think about the times where you’ve conquered an obstacle. What were the main skills that helped you overcome difficult situations?

Perhaps you are great talker. You are always able to talk your way out of a tough situation with your negotiation and critical-thinking skills. If these are your ‘go-to’ skills in times of trouble, it typically means that these are also your strengths.

Now all you have to do is narrow down which field or position these skills are best suited for. For instance, a role in business development may be a good idea if you have strong negotiation skills. Likewise, critical-thinking skills will come in handy in a consultancy career.

2. What makes you stand out?

What are you known for? Reflect on your school years, and even your childhood. Did you have a favourite childhood pastime that you enjoyed because you were good at it?

For example, one of your favourite childhood hobbies is building lego sets and solving puzzles. These could both hint to an innate talent that you may not have realised.

Putting lego pieces together to build something cool and solving puzzles require problem-solving abilities and organisation skills. If these are skills that make you stand out, and if these are activities you enjoy and perform well in – you can consider the types of career that would be a good match for such skills. 

3. What do people tend to compliment you for?

It’s not uncommon for some of us to be oblivious to our strengths. This is especially so if excelling in something seems ‘natural’ for us and it’s something we do reflexively well. Not to mention, we can become blasé to compliments if we receive them all the time.

Keep your ears open and take note of the compliments and feedback you receive from people around you. Reflect on your distinctive strengths that other people acknowledge and recognise.

Alternatively, you can ask your friends and family members what they think your strengths are. You never know – an outsider can give you the objective perspective that you need.