Counseling and Career Assessments
It is important to begin career exploration as early as possible, and Career Development is here to help.
Assessment tests are often a great tool to use in decision-making because they offer insight into your interests, needs and values as they relate to occupations or majors. However, they are not magic and will not tell you what you should do for the rest of your life.
If you are struggling with the career decision-making process, you might benefit from taking one or more of these free on-line assessments:
- Interests (California Career Zone)
- Work Values (MyPlan.com)
- Personality (Humanmetrics)
- Interests (Texas Career Check)
- Skills (O*Net Skills Search)
If you want or need additional assistance, Career Development offers counseling and career assessments at no charge to all ASU students and alumni. The primary assessments that Career Development uses are:
- Strong Interest Inventory
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
You are required to meet with a career counselor prior to taking either or both of these assessments. The assessment that you use will depend on your needs as well as suggestions from your career counselor. Contact Career Development at 325-942-2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is a tool that can help you make satisfying decisions about your career and education. The SII asks questions about your level of interest in several occupations, activities, hobbies, leisure activities, school subjects and types of people. The report produced after taking the SII:
- Describes your interests, work activities, potential skills and personal values in six areas
- Identifies specific interest areas within the six broad areas, indicating those likely to be most motivating and rewarding for you
- Compares your likes and dislikes with those of people who are satisfied working in various occupations, indicating your likely compatibility of interests
- Describes preferences related to work style, learning, leadership, risk-taking and teamwork, providing insight into work and education environments most likely to fit you best
Please remember that the SII measures interests, not skills or abilities.
Source: CPP Inc.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI assessment categorizes preferences and personal characteristics in four areas:
- Where you get your energy
- The way you take in information
- The way you make decisions
- The way you organize your life(style)
This information can be useful in identifying types of work that may provide career satisfaction, potential occupations that are consistent with your preferences, and implications for the job search process. The report produced after taking the MBTI identifies job families and occupations that are a good fit for your reported MBTI type.