Career Center M30

Self-Assessment & Exploration

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    202-885-1804
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    careercenter@american.edu
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    Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Fernando, Gihan S
    Executive Director-Career Center

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Discover Your Passion

Deciding what major or career to pursue can be difficult, so we encourage you to take a deep breath, ponder these questions, and focus on what will ultimately make you happy.

  • What courses and topics spark your interest?
  • What social causes and activities are you passionate about?
  • What talents and skills come naturally to you?
  • What three adjectives would your friends use to describe your personality?
  • What can you see yourself doing in five or ten years?
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The process of self-assessment can help you to identify majors or careers that suit your interests, skills, personality traits, and work values.

You may do this informally by talking with academic and career advisors, professors, family members, and friends. 

You may also do this formally through our Whose Life Is It Anyway? workshop series or by utilizing popular self-assessment tools that offer suggestions - not answers - for you to consider when selecting your major or career path. 

Meet with a career advisor to determine which of the following tools is right for you and later to discuss your results. Let your career advisor know if you need assistance with the assessment fee.

The Strong Interest Inventory (Strong)

The Strong assesses your interests among a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities, and academic subjects. The Strong is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, takes approximately 30 minutes to complete online, and costs $10.

 

My Next Move and O*Net

MyNextMove.org is a free, simple, online career exploration tool that uses keyword searches and an interest profiler to help you find the right career for you. MyNextMove.org is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and utilizes O*NET, the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation specific descriptors and is available to the public for free. 

 

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI can help you to identify which of the sixteen different personality types best describes you. It also highlights some of your strengths and weaknesses and suggests occupations that may satisfy you. The MBTI is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, takes approximately 25 minutes to complete online, and costs $10.

 

The Self-Directed Search (SDS)

The SDS suggests areas of study and occupations that match your interests by analyzing your daydreams, activities, abilities, and occupations. The SDS is appropriate for freshmen and sophomores, takes approximately 25 minutes to complete, and costs $5.

 

The Career Values Test

The Career Values Test is a free online tool that can help you to determine what you truly want in a career. Start now.

Explore Your Options

If you are conflicted about your major or career, research your options and determine whether or not they match your interests, skills, personality traits, and work values.

Use the resources below to obtain information about industries, occupations, employers, salary ranges, employment trends, educational requirements, and related topics:

  • Your contacts. Gather information through informational interviewing and networking.