Self assessments are used to explore an individuals interests, skills, abilities, and goals. The Career Center uses the following assessments:
FOCUS 2 is a web-based, computerized career and educational planning system that guides students through a process enabling them to do the following: assess interests, skills, personality, values and leisure activities; get the facts about occupational options that are aligned with results of assessments; look at educational paths and training programs compatible with their personal attributes; identify career development needs.
Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong)
The Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) assessment measures career and leisure interests. It is based on the work of E. K. Strong Jr., who originally published his inventory on the measurement of interests in 1927. The assessment is often used to aid people in making educational and career decisions.
The Strong assessment measures interests in four main categories of scales: General Occupational Themes (GOTs), Basic Interest Scales (BISs), Personal Style Scales (PSSs), and Occupational Scales (OSs):
- 6 GOTs measure basic categories of occupational interests—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC)—based on John Holland’s theory (Holland, 1959).
- 30 BISs measure clusters of interest related to the GOTs in areas such as Athletics, Science, Performing Arts, and Sales.
- 5 PSSs—Work Style, Learning Environment, Leadership Style, Risk Taking, and Team Orientation—measure preferences for and comfort levels with styles of living and working. Personal Style Scales were added to the inventory in 1994.
- 244 OSs (122 for men, 122 for women) measure the extent to which a person’s interests are similar to the interests of people of the same gender working in 122 diverse occupations, such as Accountant, Corporate Trainer, and Forester
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is used in career counseling to assist students in understanding how their personality preferences can help them decide what they want to do and how to improve their chances of getting what they want. The MBTI® was developed by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs as a measure of Dr. Carl Jung's theory of psychological types. Results provide students with information on career options, potential strengths associated with their type, as well as workplace needs.
Multiple Intelligences Checklist
The Multiple Intelligences Checklist evolved from research done by Howard Cardner, Ph.D. The checklist is designed to evaluate the way a person thinks and learns based on life experiences in childhood and the present time. Strengths are identified and associated with nine intelligences. Sample professions are listed under each intelligence area. This tool helps students put their full range of abilities "to work".
Skills are acquired through life and work experiences, as well as education. Every job requires certain skills. Discovering and developing skills is essential to career success. The Career Center has a variety of skills exercises, including SkillScan and other activities to help students identify the skills they have and most enjoy using. The skills they find they have can be the foundation upon which they are likely to build their career. They can also learn to evaluate how well their skills match the skills needed in various jobs.
Work Values Checklists
Work values are often the determining factors when making career decisions. Values Checklists ask students to prioritize or give numeric value to conditions important for achieving career satisfaction. These include such things as helping others, leadership, creativity, security and adventure, to name a few. Results show clearly the value students place on certain conditions within a workplace setting and can be helpful for bringing into awareness aspects which must be considered when exploring occupational choices.