An assessment is a great place to start when diving deep into the question, “Who am I?”, but it is not a one-stop-shop for career development. For example, the assessment is not going to tell you what career you should pursue. The Center’s Career Coaches can work with you to identify what is important to your self-exploration and recommend the proper test for you.
Career Coaches can not only offer you a value card sort or mapping exercise—both of which are quick methods of taking inventory and prioritizing your values and experiences—but also interpret more complex assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or Clifton StrengthsFinder ®. If you are interested in exploring any of these activities, please make an appointment.
Begin by assessing your skills, interests, talents and values using this idea: Exercise: Take 15- 20 minutes to jot down your answers to the following questions:
- What do you do in your free time?
- On what skills have others, such as former teachers, supervisors and peers, complimented you? What classes have you liked? Disliked?
- What previous experiences have you not just enjoyed, but loved?
- What is your proudest accomplishment? Why?
- What is your tolerance for risk?
- What would you do today, if you knew you could not fail?
Conclusion: Did you discover any themes or surprises? Did you observe any areas of ambiguity or discomfort? What does that tell you about yourself or the exploration activities you may want to pursue?