Career Exploration Resources

 

Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

This newly revised inventory is frequently used in career assessment and measures the test-takers responses to academic (scholastic subject matter), personal (learning, working, leadership and personal style scales) and career related responses. The SII measures your preferences to job descriptions and the preferences of professionals who have been successful in those occupations. It is comprised of 291 items and typically takes 25-30 minutes to complete online. Your results are then e-mailed directly to you. You may want to review your results with a professional from Counseling and Career Services.

Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI is one of the best known and most trusted personality inventories available. It is used to assess and understand individual differences while discovering new ways to work and interact with others. The MBTI identifies your 4 major preferences and places you within the 16 basic personality types. By understanding your type we then can relate this to types of careers to which your personality is best suited. A side benefit of the MBTI is that in understanding yourself, you begin to understand others better as well. The MBTI is a paper and pencil inventory comprised of 93 questions and typically takes 25-30 minutes to complete. Students should schedule an appointment to receive their individualized results.

CHOICES Planner

This is a website where a student can create a portfolio and use for years to come. Some of the options the Planner offers are an Interest Profiler (similar to the SII), an Abilities Profiler (an actual timed aptitude test), a Values Sorter, and a Transferrable Skills Inventory. Additionally, the CHOICES Planner offers a Scholarship Finder, a School Finder, and has a comparison function where the user can compare one job to another. There are also research links to explore various careers and help sites for resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills.

Career Exploration Inventory (CEI)

The CEI is a self-assessment career planning tool that helps individuals to explore their goals for work, leisure, and education. The CEI is comprised of 128 brief activity statements that the test taker rates on whether they would like to engage in that activity. Most test-takers complete the CEI in about 20 - 30 minutes.

College Success and Survival Scale (CSSS)

Designed to help identify the skills and attitudes necessary to be an excellent college student. The CCCS targets the positive academic habits as well as good personal, interpersonal, social, and resource management skills that are required for success in college. It is comprised of 60 rating scale items and can be completed on-line in less than 15 minutes. The CSSS measures five factors that assess attitudes associated with college success:

  • Commitment to education
  • Self and resource-management skills
  • Interpersonal and social skills
  • Academic success skills
  • Career planning skills

The CSSS additionally offers a rating of Low, Average, or High that is provided on each dimension. The report also offers developmental suggestions for areas in need of improvement as well as a section for a Success Plan.

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