Professionals with the highest levels of job satisfaction tend to enjoy the day-to-day activities of their work. While all PhDs, regardless of discipline, possess a bevy of skills that employers greatly value, it will be to your advantage to determine in advance which of these skills you actually enjoy using. Knowing your professional likes and dislikes will help you identify career paths, industries, and jobs that may suit you well.

Look at the list of skills below and identify those that you actually enjoy using. Be honest—there are no right or wrong answers. If possible, reduce the list of skills you enjoy using to your top 10 favorite.

Presenting

Producing

Generating

Innovating

Writing

Editing

Revising

Assessing

Drawing

Sorting

Analyzing

Reading

Calculating

Advising

Pitching

Persuading

Coaching

Teaching

Creating

Categorizing

Public speaking

Entertaining

Project-managing

Leading

Deciding

Collecting

Moderating

Preparing

Debating

Organizing

Helping

Assessing

Sorting

Coding

Preparing

Supervising

Providing

Developing

Building

Liaising

Consulting

Composing

Processing

Piloting

Translating

Explaining

Simplifying

Transitioning

Mentoring

Brainstorming

Motivating

Implementing

Conducting

Strategizing

Reviewing

Assisting

Coordinating

Modeling

Testing

Deciphering

Recording

Multitasking

Listening

Communicating

Solving

Evaluating

Prioritizing

Designing

Cataloguing

Systematizing

Arguing

Negotiating

Preserving

Programming

Resolving

Introducing

Selling

Purchasing

Facilitating

Connecting

Representing

Improving

Critiquing

Assembling