Before choosing a career that works for you, you must first know who you are and what you have to offer. Oftentimes we go through life without “pushing the pause button,” and taking stock of who we are. Asking yourself and thinking about these important life questions are a good place to start. Spending quiet time alone and contemplating what you want to do with your career life can be helpful as well. We encourage you to meet with one of our career coaches to guide and mentor you through the self-exploration process.
Here are some assessments and tools that may be of use as you are learning more about yourself and exploring your options.
Career assessments are formal valid and measurable tools designed to give you feedback based on your personality, interests, values and strengths. Your results will include career and occupational feedback based on your responses.
The following formal career assessments cost $20 each for Red Rocks students and alumni and $30 each for community members. Scholarships are available to apply for. Here are the three career assessments we offer at Red Rocks:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: The MBTI looks at your personal preferences in four areas of your life:
- What gives you energy
- How you learn
- How you make decisions
- How you get things done
You will participate in an interpretive session with a career coach and receive a career report on your psychological type with a list of job families and possible careers based on your responses.
Strong Interest Inventory: The Strong measures your level of interests among a broad range of occupations and looks at how your interests relate to those who are satisfied in their careers. You will participate in an interpretive session to go over your results and receive an in depth interpretive report.
Youscience is a proven scientifically developed aptitude assessment that utilizes a holistic approach that measures natural abilities (what you do naturally well), specific interests (what you enjoy doing) and career opportunities (what the job market needs).
Exploring Majors and Careers
O*NET Online: www.onetonline.org has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
What Can I Do With This Major: www.whatcanidowiththismajor.com
Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided.
Career Development Course
PSY 110, Career Development: This comprehensive 3 credit course covers all areas of personal career development and the world of work. You will be participating in engaging exercises, activities and career assessments of your personality, interests, strengths, values, and skills. You will be active in your own career exploration, goal setting, decision making, networking, globalization, occupational resources, informational interviewing, resume writing and interviewing skills. You will create your personal career action plan. Offered both fall and spring semester and online during the summer semester. Can be used as an elective for the Associate of Arts degree and a general education requirement for many of the Associate of Applied Science degrees.
My Career Story
Our life is like a story, with many chapters, twists and turns, and influential people. My Career Story allows you to see your own life as a story you are continually authoring and writing. Complete this workbook and see how you can create meaning and purpose in your life and work.
Humanmetrics Jungian Typology Test
The Humanmetrics Test is a free look-alike version of the formal Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Meet with one of our counselors in Career Services after you get your results to see how your type translates into various careers.
VIA Strengths Assessment
The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA Survey focuses on your best qualities.
College in Colorado – Interests, values, skills assessments and explore majors
www.collegeincolorado.org – create a free account and explore
College In Colorado was initiated by the Department of Higher Education to serve Coloradoans by promoting access to, affordability of, and success in higher education for all students. The website provides visitors with a comprehensive overview for what they need to know about career exploration and planning, selecting high school courses, choosing and applying to colleges, and improving their financial IQ:
My Next Move – Free Interest Assessment
My Next Move, also known as The O*NET Interest Profiler, can help you find what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do.
My Majors: www.mymajors.com
"MyMajors is designed to emulate a human academic advisor. The program recommends actual college and university majors (not general categories or personality types). MyMajors is not a psychological instrument. It takes into account a student's academic abilities and personal interests to create a successful plan to become college and career ready.