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Self-Assessment and Exploration

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. See the assessment descriptions below to determine which of the tools is right for you.

Once you have completed the assessment, make an appointment to review your results with a career advisor.

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.

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: