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Developing employability through sport and physical activity
Developing employability through sport and physical activity

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1 Understanding your strengths and areas for development

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In today’s competitive market, having a clear understanding of your own employability skills and how they stack up against the demands of the industry is crucial. One effective tool that can aid in this self-assessment process is the SWOT analysis. The SWOT analysis enables you to identify and evaluate the internal and external factors that impact your employability. By examining your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, you gain valuable insights into areas where you excel, areas that need improvement, potential avenues for growth, and challenges you may face (Carlson, 2016).

Activity 1 Empowering your employability: a SWOT analysis

Timing: Allow approximately 25 minutes

This activity is broken down into two parts:

  1. Watch the video below to gather insight into what a SWOT analysis is and how you can complete one.
  2. Complete a SWOT analysis based on your skill set. You can either write some notes down on paper or if you type ‘SWOT analysis template’ into your web browser, you will find various templates that you could print off and use.
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We hope that this activity has helped you feel more empowered, giving you the confidence to take charge of your career path. It’s about making informed choices that enhance your chances of getting a job. Self-assessment tools, such as SWOT analysis and others, are vital components of personal growth and should be periodically revisited to monitor progress. It is worth noting that these self-assessment practices are not limited to professional development alone; they can be applied in other settings. Redirecting your attention to your involvement in sport, can you see how this task could be used to optimise your performance?