Counseling and Career Assessments
It is important to begin career exploration as early as possible, and Career Development is here to help. We offer counseling and career assessments at no charge to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni.
- Unsure of your major?
- Considering changing your major?
- Wanting to take a career assessment?
- Wondering how a college major relates to specific occupations?
- Exploring a career change or transition?
ASU Career Development is a great place to start answering these questions and others. Your exploration is a process that may involve career counseling, research and self-assessment.
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.
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.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is a powerful tool that can help you make satisfying decisions about your career and education. Whether you are just starting out in your career, thinking about a change or considering education options for career preparation, you can benefit from the wealth of information reflected in your results. Understanding and using your results will help you identify a career focus and begin your career planning and exploration process.
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.