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How to Write a SWOT Analysis

Updated on February 6, 2018
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I am a special needs counselor for grade K-5 and I have a bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology. I've worked with children for 5+ years.

Steps to Writing a SWOT Analysis

  1. Create a SWOT Table (see below).
  2. Understand what strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats mean.
  3. Think about your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  4. Fill in your SWOT Table.
  5. Reflect on what your SWOT Table tells you about yourself.
  6. Consider how to apply your SWOT to your career.
  7. Work to improve your weaknesses and use your strengths to evaluate and deal with opportunities and threats.

SWOT Table

(What do I do well?)
(Where can I make improvements?)
(What kinds of things could I be doing based on my strengths?)
(Where could I be using my strengths and talents more productively?)
List atleast four
List atleast four
List atleast four
List atleast four

My SWOT Analysis

• Most of my colleagues are working on their teaching degree, but I am working on a psychology degree. My knowledge of psychology may provide me with insights that my colleagues lack.
• I am not a good public speaker; I get nervous even thinking about having to speak to a bunch of strangers.
• I attend twelve hours’ worth of training seminars every year; this gives me the opportunity to network with people who have the same position as I do.
• My job always causes me to feel burnout by the end of the school year.
• I have an introverted personality; this allows me to connect easier with the children who are not extroverts.
• My communication skills are sometime lacking; I tend to assume that the person I’m talking to possesses the same knowledge as I do and this can lead to me leaving out key pieces of information.
• Summer camp is starting soon and there will be times where counselors will be unable to come into work; I can act as a substitute counselor for their groups to gain more experience.
• Most of my colleagues have worked at the school longer than I have and they have developed a good working relationship with our boss.
• I enjoy spending time with the children in my group and I care about them as individuals.
• I find delegation difficult; I always feel like I need to do everything myself or it won’t be done right.
• There is a new training seminar that will become available next year for customer service; I can attend this seminar and gain the knowledge needed to manage the front desk.
• Almost all of my colleagues have friends or family that also works at the school, this sometimes leads to employee favoritism.
• I have developed budgeting skills through experience with my own finances.
• I prefer not be put in the spotlight and I try to avoid being made the leader of any project.
• I could take over the after school Minecraft club since the counselor currently managing it has quit. This would show my employer that I can handle the extra responsibility.
• My colleagues often do not follow the rules and I end up being grouped with them even though I have followed the rules.
• I am a quick learner and I enjoy learning about how to improve myself as an individual and as an employee.
• My job can be very stressful and it leaves me feeling extremely worn out and tired at the end of every day.
• I have a low level of self-confidence that sometimes causes me to not push myself as far as I could.

My Reflection

I found it interesting that I struggled more with determining my strengths than I did with weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. I filled up the weakness box more than I did any other box and it was the easiest box for me to complete. This SWOT analysis forced me to evaluate myself in a way that I have never done before; this is the first time that I ever truly evaluated myself in an unbiased manner. I also found it interesting that when I shared this AWOT analysis with my family that they all felt that it was very accurate. I plan to use what I learned through my self-evaluation to improve myself as a person; it is now my goal to find ways to lessen my weaknesses and grow my strengths. I plan to complete the SWOT analysis again in a year to evaluate my progress. This SWOT analysis taught me that it is easier for me to view myself in negatives than it is in positives. This leads me to believe that I need to take care not to sell myself short and to try and view myself in an unbiased way more often.


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