Selecting majors, identifying potential careers, or exploring career changes can be stressful and confusing. Start with identifying your interests, values, abilities, strengths, enjoyments, work-related environments and weaknesses. Simple lists can be created to yield a starting point when speaking with mentors, advisors and career professionals. After self-reflection is complete, a career advisor may suggest taking a career assessment to clarify interests, abilities and values. These assessments are meant to give direction or clarify skills and goals; they are not designed to tell someone what to do. The following assessments are available through Career Services.
FOCUS combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning
in one comprehensive product. It guides users through
a reliable career and education decision making model to help them select majors, make informed career decisions, and take action. There is no cost to take this assessment, but a follow-up appointment is recommended; see the instructions for scheduling an appointment.
Strong Interest Inventory
Measures interests related to a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities, and school subjects. It provides a detailed report of interests and how they relate to six occupational themes: Realistic, Artistic; Investigative; Conventional; Social; and Enterprising. There is a $15.00 fee for taking the assessment which will be collected at a mandatory follow-up appointment; see the instructions for clarification. If you have taken this assessment and want more information about your three-letter code, check out the resources on our Choosing a Major page.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The most widely used personality inventory in the world which determines preference on four scales: Extraversion-Introversion; Sensing-Intuition; Thinking-Feeling and; Judging-Perceiving. The resulting four letter code gives insight to personality preference which can be linked to career families. There is a $10.00 fee for taking the assessment which will be collected at a mandatory follow-up appointment; see the instructions for clarification. If you have taken this assessment and want more information about your four-letter code, check out the resources on our Choosing a Major page.
Richard Bolles' What Color is your Parachute is widely-known as the "world's most popular job-hunting book"; but, it also contains excellent information and exercises for personal and career-assessments. An accompanying website, JobHuntersBible
, was created to supplement the best-selling book and has links to career assessments. There are many other, free, career and self assessment sites that can help with identifying strengths and interests.