Learn About Yourself
Know thyself. Before we can choose a career, we must first know who we are and what we have to offer. Oftentimes we go through life without “pushing the pause button,” and taking stock of who we are. Here are some resources and tools to support you on your journey of self-discovery or in re-inventing your life.
1. Meet with a Career Counselor/Coach
Career counselors and coaches can provide the space, encouragement and support while you are evaluating your strengths, personality, interests and skills.
2. Career Assessments:
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 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.
StrengthsQuest: Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I good at?” The StrengthsQuest instrument can help you understand your greatest “talents” so that you can develop them into strengths, both academically and in your career. You will have your results interpreted by a career coach and receive your comprehensive report.
Some free assessments:
CollegeinColorado: www.collegeincolorado.org, (Values, Interests, Skills Assessments), Create a free account, log in and go to the College Planning section.
Humanetrics: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp, (Personality), Jungian Typeology Test.
VIA (Strengths): www.viame.org, You will come up with your top 5 Strengths, Meet with a career counselor/coach after taking this assessment to discuss applying your strengths in your education and career.
3. Exploring Majors:
Learn about the various majors that exist, try some on for size and see what they lead to.
- What Can I Do With My Major? http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/ Learn about the typical career fields and the types of employers that hire people within each degree area
- My Majors: www.mymajors.com
- CollegeinColorado: www.collegeincolorado.org: Explore Programs and Majors.
- Create a free account, log in and go to the College Planning section.
- Meet with a Faculty Advisor: Faculty can be great sources of knowledge and insights into exploring majors and exploring colleges to transfer to. Tap into their expertise
4. Career Development Course:
PSY 110, Career Development: This comprehensive 3 credit course covers all areas of personal career development and the world of work. Areas covered include career exploration, assessments (Personality, Interests, Strengths, Values, and Skills), goal setting, decision making, networking, globalization, occupational resources, informational interviewing, resume writing and interviewing skills. You will create your own career action plan. Offered in a hybrid format (half online), one night per week both fall and spring semester and online during the summer semester.