Assess Yourself

Figuring out your own strengths and weaknesses, and being true to your own likes and dislikes is a key to finding the right job or career path. Learn more about what characteristics makes people best suited for work in the long-term care field by answering the following questions.

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You're at a party where you know most of the people and you're having a nice time. In the corner there is someone standing awkwardly off by themselves. Which of the following best describes your reaction:

  • You would wonder who they were.
  • You would wonder if they were uncomfortable and hope someone would connect with them.
  • You would find a way to connect with them or introduce them to someone.
  • You would mention it to the host so they could visit with them or introduce them to someone.
  • You wouldn't likely notice.

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There are many different types of work in the long-term care field. Many jobs require the most personal of "personal care".  What best describes your view of providing very personal care:

  • I would be comfortable helping people with combing their hair, brushing their teeth, eating, etc. but not with bathing, going to the bathroom or dressing.
  • I understand that bathing, going to the bathroom, and dressing are key parts of comfort and personal care and am comfortable providing support in these areas.
  • I would not be comfortable providing this type of personal care.

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Some jobs in the long-term care field can be physically demanding, from transferring people to and from wheelchairs to standing all day in a kitchen. Which of the following best describes your feelings about this kind of work?

  • I prefer a desk job.
  • I am pretty strong and healthy and am up for physical work.
  • I find the physically challenging work part of the appeal – I wouldn’t need to work out!
  • I am currently doing caregiving and am accustomed to that type of work.
  • I am unsure about that aspect.

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Sometimes working with people who aren’t well or have trouble thinking clearly can be a bit challenging. How do you feel about that?

  • I get a lot of satisfaction out of making a difference and believe that helping those in distress is a wonderful way of being of service.
  • I understand that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and kindness, regardless of whether their demeanor is challenging or not. I take pride in being able to do that.
  • That is not my strength, but I can rise to the challenge if necessary.
  • I really prefer more harmonious work environments.

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A toddler near you on the bus drops his milkshake, splattering it everywhere. His frustrated mom is juggling a crying baby. Your first instinct is to:

  • Help clean up the mess so no one slips.
  • Comfort the distressed toddler.
  • Reassure the frustrated mom that it’s all okay.
  • Alert the bus driver.
  • Move away from the stress and mess.

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All jobs are challenging in one way or another. Which of these types of challenges are you best suited for or find most interesting? A job requiring:

  • Ability to stay calm in frustrating situations.
  • Intense data analysis.
  • Working closely with others as part of team.
  • Responding to situations where people are distressed.
  • Working in environments with lots of noise.

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Your responses indicate you may be a well-suited for the long-term care field. Take a look at the various roles and career pathways and explore a potential future career you may love.

Your answers suggest that traditional caregiving jobs may not be of most interest to you, but check out information on Facilities Support or Culinary Services jobs on the Career Pathways page. There are a lot of diverse ways to be part of the important and fast growing long-term care field.

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