Personal SWOT Analysis Examples For Students

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Creating a SWOT analysis to assist you with a job search as a student can be an excellent idea. The key is to identify current traits that can work for and against you, what has helped you in school and worked against you in school. Opportunities and threats can both be found on campus. Ways to get ahead and hold you back can be all around. If you have never done personal SWOT analysis before it may be difficult to identify these traits and external factors. We will present a few examples below to help you and make sure to check out our personal SWOT analysis explanation post for more information. Also, for using a SWOT tool directly with a job search. Check out our Personal SWOT Analysis Tool.

We will present a user persona for each example followed by a sample SWOT analysis for each.

Personal SWOT Analysis Examples For Students

Janet – Female Age 25, Graduate in Business

No work or volunteer experience. Is looking to gain a role as a business analyst for a hedge fund company.

  • Strengths
    • Excellent at budgeting.
    • Communication learned from doing presentations.
    • Degree in business.
    • Interpersonal skills.
    • Writing skills.
  • Weaknesses
    • Lack of direct work experience.
    • Confidence.
    • No existing network.
  • Opportunities
    • Networking events.
    • Being an alumni.
    • Free career resources via campus.
    • Programs designed to retain graduates in the area.
    • May have to start in entry level role.
  • Threats
    • Not developing confidence going forward.
    • Economic outlook.
    • Not selling skills to possible employers.
    • Expectations, experience does not match expected role.
    • May have to start in entry level role.

Tom – Male, Age 22, Graduate in Social Science

Has worked in the campus bookstore as well. Looking to find a career at a non for profit humanitarian group.

  • Strengths
    • Research skills.
    • Presentation and communication skills.
    • Writing skills.
    • Analytical skills.
    • Experience in sales.
  • Weaknesses
    • No direct experience in non for profit sector.
    • No network.
    • Bad personal brand.
    • Only looking online for work.
  • Opportunities
    • Networking events.
    • Information interviews.
    • Academic / Alumni resources.
    • On campus career centres.
    • Conducting labour market research on line.
  • Threats
    • Career expectations vs job market reality.
    • Employer expectations, employer expecting experience.
    • Lack of self knowledge.


We’ve presented you with two very different profiles and SWOT analysis for each. Some things of note. For both, many opportunities exist on campus to help you address common weaknesses and threats. These include using career resources such as career centres located on campus and using alumni events to begin to develop your professional network. Both also have a similar and familiar issue with expectations versus the reality of the labour market. It can be difficult to realize after years spent gaining a degree that you will have to start at in a job lower down the corporate ladder or in a different position to begin with. Often times these jobs will not even require the education you have worked so hard at. Remember these are stepping stones, your degree and strengths gained during school will help you get ahead in the end.

We hope these examples will help you brainstorm some ideas for a SWOT analysis of your own.

Author: The NetWorkIt Team

The NetWorkIt Team is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We work to create content and tools to help you succeed in your career.

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