Post-Baccalaureate orientation: Knowing oneself well to make better choices!

Experts can never say it enough: post-baccalaureate guidance is a methodical approach, which follows several rules to assist you in choosing your higher education. Above all, students are called upon to better define their centers of interest, motivations, personal and professional aspirations, etc.

Knowing themselves is a major asset that will condition the success of their post-baccalaureate orientation choices.


Here are five practical tips to help discover more about your assets and your strong points, in order to help you find your way around:


  1. Know your limits, but above all know your strengths!


It is important to know one's strengths and limitations, to better identify ideas for orientation. No idea is incorrect. Forget parental or social pressure, ask the right questions about what you are looking for in your professional life. What you like to do, what interests you, then confront your ideas and expectations with your reality.


  1. Carry out a personality assessment


Write down your personality traits. Knowing yourself better will enable you to identify avenues for reflection that you may have considered. Using a personality assessment (several specialised sites offer one) will help you to become more aware of your personality traits. This approach will guide you in your choice of training.

  1. Prioritise the sectors/trades that speak to you


It is quite normal that a baccalaureate degree holder does not know, at first instance, how to choose the field or profession of their life-long career. Indeed, it will first be necessary to define the sectors or fields of activity that one appreciates. A first choice which will be refined as you go along, throughout the secondary years. Identify at least three sectors or groups of trades and share your choices with those around you, asking for their advice.


  1. The sectors/trades that you consider "abstract"...


It is also interesting to list the trades, missions, sectors that you do not like. This can help you to better identify your future choices.

  1. Analyse the labour market


It is important to find out about the sectors that are hiring and the new sectors that are trending. It is important not to embark on a career path that has no future. It is essential to have an idea about the employability chances of each sector after the studies and the credibility for recruiters of the chosen establishment.


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