SWOT to Identify Dream Job

In the first chapter of the Diplomatic Planner, you will be asked to complete a SWOT analysis that will identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, paying special attention to your skills.

Performing a SWOT analysis on your dream job can also help determine whether you have the right skills in place to help you work towards your career ambitions. For the purposes of this illustration, let’s assume that your dream job is to work in The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). You are open to the type of job you want. Conducting a SWOT will help you determine what area of OHCHR will be a good fit for your skills, particularly when starting out or moving further into the field.

Let’s put the SWOT into action to see just how easy it is to use.


Step 1 – Shortlist 2-3 jobs that appeal to you the most. Using the grid below, write down key skills the employer is looking for


Step 2 – Create a simple SWOT grid


Step 3 – In the SWOT grid, list your strengths and weaknesses in relation to the jobs you have shortlisted. For the second part of the SWOT, fill out what opportunities your dream job can provide you, as well as what threatens you from getting that job


Step 4 – In the TOWS grid, make a list on how you can turn weaknesses and threats into positions of strengths and opportunities. You can use this information as part of your application and interview