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
Career Development 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 discoveries, and next steps.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality inventory used to increase self-awareness of one’s 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. Your Career Coach will help determine if this assessment would be helpful for you.
- 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 one’s 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. Your Career Coach will help determine if this assessment would be helpful for you.
Informal Assessments Online
Informal assessments do not require you to come into Career Development 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
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: 1) Search careers using keywords, 2) Browse careers by industry, and 3) Take the O*Net Interest Profiler