Career & Self-Assessment Tools for StudentsWe offer career assessments to assist you in identifying career paths based on your preferences, interests, skills and values as they relate to academic and career exploration.
It's important to note that no single assessment will give you the answers but rather they are intended to be a start to your self-awareness journey.
To take these assessments, you must first schedule an appointment with Career Services. After taking the assessments online, the Strong Interest Inventory and MBTI must be interpreted by a counselor in the career services office. To find out if these assessments are right for you or to schedule an appointment, please contact Career Services.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality inventory that categorizes behavior based on preferences. Understanding these preferences can be a guide for career selection, the type of work you may want to perform and the style with which you approach your career.
The MBTI instrument provides an accurate picture of a person’s personality type by determining preferences in four categories; the combination of these preferences will identify one of 16 distinct personality types. Understanding the characteristics unique to each personality type provides insight on individuals’ ways of communicating and interacting with others. This information can then be used to identify the types of careers that may be supportive to each personality type.
The MBTI measures valuable differences that result from:
- the way people like to take in information.
- where people like to focus their attention.
- the way people like to make decisions.
- the kind of lifestyle people adopt.
Contact Career Services with questions or to schedule an appointment to take the MBTI.
Strong Interest Inventory
Taking the Strong Interest Inventory can be helpful in your career decision-making and planning. This assessment measures your level of interest in occupational areas, work and leisure activities, kinds of people, and various learning and work environments. Your interests are compared with people who are happily employed in a variety of occupations. The assessment will not tell you what to do, but will give you insight into occupations that you might enjoy and want to explore.Your Strong results can be used to help you identify the following:
- How you might find a job or career consistent with your likes and dislikes of the work world
- How similar (or dissimilar) your interests are to the interests of people who are working in 109 occupations
- Your leisure interests
- Additional alternatives or options related to work or leisure-time activities for you to explore
- General patterns in your interests
- Work or learning environments that fit your interests
- How your liking or disliking of risk-taking and your preferences regarding leadership style might affect your options
Contact Career Services with questions or to schedule an appointment to take the Strong Interest Inventory.
StrengthsQuestImagine a career where you have the opportunity to do what you do best – every day. What would that career look like for you? Who would you work with, where would you work and what type of activities would you be doing? This tool is designed to provide insight into your unique strengths and the ways in which you can enhance and more fully express them.
Finding a career that is a good fit for your talents is a key part of the career exploration process. Gallup Research has found that employees who have the opportunity to use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their work and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life than employees who don’t get to focus on what they do best.
StrengthsQuest is comprised of 34 themes. These themes emerged in Gallup’s study of successful people over decades of research. Each theme contains several talents. These talents are natural, recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings or behaviors. The talents found in your Signature Themes are things you do naturally – like breathing. You actually do them without even trying.
Through StrengthsQuest, you’ll gain insight into your areas of greatest potential: the things that you naturally do. You’ll be given clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive.
Contact Career Services with questions or to schedule an appointment to take StrengthsQuest.
Informal AssessmentsWe offer four informal assessments to help increase your self-awareness. These assessments do not require a meeting with a career counselor, but you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Career Services to discuss your results after taking the assessments.
MyMajors.com provides useful advice on finding a college major based on your interests. Take the short college major assessment and find your best fitting college majors! Simply complete the registration page and click “Start the Quiz.”
The information you provide about yourself will produce a career profile showing to what extent your self-identified characteristics and preferences match those considered significant in 80 career clusters.
O*NET Interest Profiler
This tool helps you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.
Values Card Sort
Throughout your life you acquired a set of values – beliefs and ideas that are important to you. In order to have a happy, successful and fulfilling life, you must act upon your values, both in your personal life and at work. Taking your values into account when you choose a career could be the most important factor that determines whether you will or won’t be satisfied with that aspect of your life.