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Career Assessments are helpful tools that can be used to heighten awareness of one's preferences and interests that may be related to major and career selection. If you have questioned your career plans or your academic major, a career assessment can be a good place to start. Assessments should not be mistaken for tests, they do not produce right or wrong answers but rather a starting point for exploration.
Formal Assessments Available
The Career Services Center offers skilled assistance and interpretation of several formal career assessments. Coming in for assistance ensures an opportunity to talk through your results, any discrepancies, new discovers, and next steps.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality inventory used to increase self-awareness of ones preferences and to help individuals understand and appreciate the differences of others. The MBTI measures preferences in four different areas and produces a personality type for each individual. It assists in career decision-making by providing information about what personality types are most often represented in different career fields
- Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is an interest inventory used to measure interests in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects. The SII provides a comparison of ones interests with people working in different occupations who are satisfied with their career choices. It increases self-awareness by suggesting particular environments in which individuals might like to learn and work, as well as particular types of tasks and activities one might find satisfying.
Informal Assessments Online
Informal assessments do not require you to come into the Career Services Center for an interpretation and can be taken at you leisure. While these assessments are less formal, they can be a good starting point for exploration.
- My Next Move (www.mynextmove.org)
The My Next Move tool is a web-based interactive tool for students, new job seekers, and other career explorers used to learn more about various career options. The My Next Move provides three different options:
- Search careers using keywords
- Browse careers by industry
- Take the O*Net Interest Profiler (The O*Net Interest Profiler is a tool that offers customized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of education and work experience.)
The My Next Move tool is connected to the O*Net OnLine Center website which houses detailed descriptions and other occupational information of over 900 different careers.
- CareerExplorer (https://www.careerexplorer.com/career-test/)
CareerExplorer by Sokanu is a career matching platform that helps people find their ideal career. CareerEplorer accomplishes this in two ways. The first is through the world’s best career test — a prediction engine built from the ground up using the latest innovations in psychometrics and machine learning. The second is through CareerExplorer's 750 career profiles, containing thousands of pieces of unique content aimed at helping people understand and enter careers.
- Life Values Inventory (https://www.lifevaluesinventory.org/)
Life Values Inventory is a free values clarification and personal development program developed to help individuals and organizations clarify their values and serve as a blueprint for effective decision-making and optimal functioning.
If you have questions or concerns about career assessments, major exploration, or career exploration, please schedule a career counseling appointment.