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 by utilizing a self-assessment tool that offers suggestions – not answers – for you to consider when selecting your major or career path.
The Career Center offers two self-assessment tools, the Strong Interest Inventory (Strong) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), at a cost of $10 each. However, this fee will be waived if you register for a self-assessment during the month of September. (Limited to one free assessment per person.) See the assessment descriptions below to determine which of the tools is right for you.
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. In particular, it is recommended for first and second-year undergraduate students who are in the process of exploring possible majors. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete online.
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, and may be more appropriate for students who have already selected a major. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete online.
Visit or call the Career Center during the month of September to register for a free self-assessment. [Assessments completed after October 3 will incur the $10 fee.]
Once you have completed the assessment, call us to register for the respective workshop to receive your results. It will not be possible to register online. [You may not register for a workshop until you have completed the assessment, and you must complete the assessment at least 48 hours before the workshop.]
- Strong: September 12, 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the Career Center Library.
- MBTI: September 18, 12:00pm-2:00pm, in SIS 300.
*If you are unable to attend your workshop, call us to arrange for an appointment to review your results with a career advisor.
In addition to completing a self-assessment, you can 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.
- Career Center events and programs.
- Hundreds of books, binders and periodicals available in the Career Center Library.
- Explore the connection between your major and career interests.
- Online publications and lists such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For.