Self Assessment and Why it’s Important


Self-assessment is the first stage and it’s probably the most important stage, Why? Because if you don’t have a path to follow you will probably not find a job in Asheville that you want.  Self-assessment is not a test. It’s not a pass or a fail.  It is the path to learning more about your life values, work-related interests, talents, skills, and personality type.  Your goal should be to find occupations that are suitable based on the results. Once you do this it will guide you to finding the right company to approach.

When you are trying to choose a career path, there are two things you should do that will assist you in making a knowledgeable, decision. First, you must learn about yourself, in other words, self-assess.  Then, you need to explore careers that might be a good fit based on what you have learned about yourself.  Learning about yourself will take a lot more effort, but it will be well worth the time.  You can go online and search for different career options, but if you don’t know who you are and what you love doing then no amount of research on varies careers will help you make an informed decision.

Why Should You Do a Self-Assessment?

If you are like most people, you probably have not even thought about who they are and what you really want in life. You might know what your hobbies are and whether you are or are not a people person.

You probably couldn’t explain fluently what work-related values are important to you and, while you may know some things that you excel at, you may not have a complete list of all your skills and talents. Even if you could provide a complete list of every one of your characteristics, there’s a good chance you don’t know how to use that information to help you find a career that is a good fit.

Let’s help you find a great job in Asheville.  But first – remember this very wise statement:

“Know yourself to improve yourself”  – Auguste Comte

As discussed, you must take into an account an individual’s life values, work-related interests, skills/talents and personality type. These traits make up who you are.  Utilizing a variety of self-assessment tools will help you put together all the pieces of the puzzle and help you evaluate what companies will fit into your life plan.  Let’s look at all the available self-assessment tools:

Life Values:

Life values are made up of Family, Friends, Health & Fitness, Home, Leisure Pursuits, Personal Growth, Public Service, Spirituality, Work Satisfaction

The best way to get personal feedback is to ask your friends and family. Ask them what they think would be the best job for you. Ask the people who know you intimately when you seem the happiest. They may give you some amazing insight and help you decide what direction you should take.

Taking a personal assessment test can help as well. This test will help you gain insight into your personal priorities by establishing which core values are most in need of your attention in your life.  You can take a FREE Life Values test here.

To identify what you’re passionate about, ask and answer these questions:

  1. What do you spend your time doing? What do you read, watch or follow?
  2. If you could take one college level course or program for free on anything, what would it be?
  3. If you could choose to volunteer, where would it be?
  4. What experience in your life can be turned into a “message” for others?
  5. If you knew you couldn’t fail and it would all work out financially and otherwise, what would you try?
  6. What did you like doing as a child?
  7. Is there anyone in your life that is holding you back from pursuing what you want most?

Work-Related Values

Your values are beliefs that are important to you in a work environment. Your work-related values can include having independence, importance, security, interpersonal relationships, serving others, flexible work schedule, and a respectable salary. If you take these things into account when choosing a career, you have a better chance of achieving job satisfaction.

Think about what you enjoy and what you do well.  An example would be, if you love to work out and love that feeling of accomplishment. If all you think about is going to the gym, then why don’t you become a certified personal trainer or even open a boutique gym?  If you love working with your hands and you dig the sense of accomplishment when you create something out of nothing, you may want to research classes on your interest.  Write down your ideas and focus only on the things that you both love and do well at. Then, narrow the list to the top three.  Research how other people make a living doing your top three.  Click here to take a FREE Work-Related Values test.


Ability refers to an individual’s natural talent, learned ability, or capacity to acquire a skill. Examples include verbal or written communication, art, science, graphic art, music, reading comprehension, logic and reasoning and mechanics, to name just a few.

You may have multiple abilities. It is important to keep in mind that having an ability for something, doesn’t mean you will necessarily like doing it. Or you may enjoy doing it, but not for work. That is something to keep in mind when you choose a career.

Personality Type

Your personality type is made up of your motivational drives, social traits, and attitudes. Knowing what your type is can help you choose an occupation because personality types are better suited to certain careers, as well as work environments, then are others.  You can view and take this quick personality test to help you figure out your personality type.

Self assessment is half the battle in finding true happiness in life and it will help you find a job in Asheville that you will truly enjoy.  You will spend at least 60% of your time at work, isn’t a small portion of your time worth it to assess yourself and find that excellent job you deserve?   To quote one of the world’s most famous slogans; “JUST DO IT”.

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A convergence of technology, legislation and mandated migration to ICD-10 medical classifications make healthcare one of the hottest areas within IT. Here’s a look at the skills most in demand, who’s hiring and where the jobs are.

Where the Application Development Jobs Are

Let’s begin with where the most healthcare IT jobs are within the U.S. According to Indeed’s data, Boston; Washington, D.C.; and New York City top the list of cities with the most HIT developer jobs.

There are a number of factors to consider if you’re going to a new city for a job. For example, salary, the cost of living, traffic and commuting conditions all play an integral part of the decision-making process when considering changing locations.


SQL (Structured Query Language) was originally based on relational algebra and tuple relational calculus, and consists of a data definition language and a data manipulation language that is used for managing the data in a relational database management system (RDBMS). One of the most useful healthcare IT skills, SQL enables developers to insert query, update and delete data, as well as create and modify schema creation and data access control.

“This is very useful in a hospital environment. Server admins may utilize it to maintain database systems and some HIS systems. It’s used to audit and maintain many medical systems that store data in SQL format,” says Ken Montgomery, former supervisor of network and operations at Wooster Community Hospital.


Java was created and released in 1995 at Sun Microsystems by James Gosling as a core component of Sun’s Java platform. The syntax of Java comes mostly from C and C++, although it features less low-level facilities than the two programming languages. Java was designed to have few implementation dependencies, and is considered to be a general-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented computer programming language that allows developers to “write once, run anywhere” (WORA), providing platform independence with no recompiling necessary.

In the healthcare industry, Java is popular for the creation of small to large embedded devices, and is often used for the development of remote patient monitoring applications and diverse and robust sensors.


The HyperText Markup Language, or HTML, is the premier building block of the Web, and is used for the creation of Web pages, and with the advent of the latest version, HTML5, Web applications. A standard Web browser, whether it’s Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera or the mobile Dolphin browser, reads HTML-based documents and converts them into visible or audible Web pages by reading the HTML tags to interpret and display the contents of the page. By creating apps using HTML5, healthcare workers are able to access the same data regardless of the Internet-connected device they are using.


JavaScript is a multi-paradigm language that supports object-oriented, imperative and functional programming styles. It’s an interpreted programming language whose key design principles were taken from the Self and Scheme programming languages. JavaScript was originally used within Web browsers so that client-side scripts could provide user interaction, browser control and asynchronous communication, as well as the capability to alter the displayed document content.

JavaScript has evolved into a prototype-based scripting language that, along with HTML5 and CSS3, is used for game development and full-fledged healthcare application development.


The use of standards is pivotal in providing healthcare providers with the capability to interoperate and share patient records more effectively. XML, the Extensible Markup Language, is an open standard markup language which is used to define a set of rules for encoding documents in a human-readable and machine-readable format. It is often used for the representation of arbitrary data structures and emphasizes simplicity, generality and usability. “XML is becoming more widely used in interfacing between systems, providing a standard architecture,” says Montogomery.


The C# programming language is a multi-paradigm language that involves imperative, generic, declarative, procedural, functional, class-based, object-oriented and component-oriented programming disciplines that provide developers with the functionality needed to create sophisticated applications for the healthcare industry, including Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Systems, Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS, LIS), EMR Alerting Systems and more.

Created by Microsoft as part of its .NET initiative, C# was meant to be a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language, but has proven itself to be much more.


C++ is an intermediate-level programming language that includes the functionality of both high-level and low-level languages. It was created by Bjarne Stroustrup in 1979 at Bell Labs, and was originally called C with Classes, as it added object-oriented features–most notably classes–to the C programming language.

C++ is still one of the most popular programming languages, and is used as an efficient compiler for native code. It’s used for system software, device drivers, high-performance client-server software and among other uses in the healthcare industry, it’s used to provide the internal functionality of medical imaging analysis devices. “C++, C and C# are all used in back-end programming of HIS systems,” says Montgomery.


Unlike the other technologies covered here, ASP.NET is a server-side Web application framework that was designed by Microsoft in 2002 to enable developers to create dynamic websites, Web applications and Web services. It was created as the successor to Microsoft’s Active Server Pages (ASP) technology, and was built on the Common Language Runtime (CLR), which allowed programmers to code ASP.NET using any supported .NET language.

ASP.NET is used within the healthcare industry for the creation and implementation of Web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application suites, electronic payment processing systems, healthcare data management systems and more.


PHP–which initially stood for Personal Home Page and is now a recursive acronym that stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor–is a server-side scripting language that is most commonly used for Web development, but is also used as a general-purpose programming language. It was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995, and is now installed on more than 200 million websites.

A Web server that has the PHP processor module installed interprets the PHP code that is embedded in an HTML document, but it can also be used in standalone graphical applications or even through a command-line interface. It is still often used in the healthcare industry, for example, in the instance of Mindfire Solutions, to create a Web-based Secure Electronic Health Record management application.


C is the oldest programming language covered in this slideshow. It was developed by Dennis Ritchie between 1969 and 1973 at AT&T Bell Labs. It has facilities for structured programming and allows lexical variable scope and recursion, and was designed with a static type system to provide unintended operations. It’s a general purpose programming language that provides constructs that are able to efficiently map to normal machine instructions and is therefore often used in legacy applications that were previously developed using assembly language, especially system software such as that of the Unix operating system. Many healthcare institutions still rely on computers that are running Unix, and, for that reason, C programming continues to be a vital skill within the industry.