Identifying Your Role is Important to Your Career Development

Everyone says that we have to know ourselves. But have you ever really tried to figure out who you are? Sit quietly for one moment and think about this, and ask yourself the following questions:

What are your roles? How would someone else describe your role(s)? What is your job title  and what does this title mean to you? What do you call yourself? How do you introduce yourself to someone else?


  • Daughter/Son
  • Church/Temple Member
  • Employee
  • Parent
  • Student
  • Employer
  • Aunt/Uncle
  • Grandparent
  • Coach
  • Entrepreneur

Job Titles:

Do you think of yourself as a writer, a consultant, a teacher, a mentor? Maybe, all three. Narrow down what you are and what you want your clients to see you as; your particular brand.

Do you have a set job title in your current work, or have you simply created a job title for yourself? If you are an entrepreneur, are you the President of your company, the CEO of the Senior Consultant? Do you see yourself in any of these positions. If not, you are not ready to embark on this job title. You must work toward achievement in any of these areas.

Perhaps you have not even thought of a job title for yourself…if not, why not?

What is stopping you? Write this down! Look at it daily.

What do you call yourself?

In your own mind, what do you call yourself? What is your role, job, title or rank? When did you start thinking of yourself that way? What events brought you to that concept?

How do you introduce yourself?

When you meet someone for the first time how do you introduce yourself? If asked what you do, how do you describe it? Write a one paragraph description of who you are. This is known as your “30 second commercial.” You must know and be clear about who you are and what you do. Communication of this is key to any business.

Once you have done this, look through your description and read it carefully. Think about someone you admire who fits the general description you have created for yourself. If you were to describe this person, what different words would you use and why? Write a few of these words down now.

Why do these words not describe you? In other words, what can you do differently to be like the person you admire?

Writen by Dr. Joyce Knudsen, CEO/President of The ImageMaker, Inc.®