The Advising Center provides various workshops to help students explore majors and career options so that students make informed decisions when declaring their major. Workshops may require a small fee for use of various assessments and students must sign up in advance to attend.
Students learn about academic and career options in a variety of ways. One way is to complete assessment inventories. Although these assessment inventories are not the sole basis for academic and career decision-making, they are useful tools to facilitate the processes involved in making some of the important academic and career decision you are likely to face.
Although assessment inventories won't tell you what to do or when to do it, they are intended to enhance and broaden your understanding of yourself. Results of the assessment inventories will allow you to examine your values, interests, skills, personality preferences, and decision-making style. All of these personal characteristics will influence your academic and career choices.
Talk to your academic advisor in the Advising Center to determine which workshop is best suited for your needs.
Once you have met with an advisor in the Advising Center, you will be given instructions to take the Strong Interest Inventory® College Profile. You can take the assessment inventory when and where it's convenient for you. You will, however, need internet access. Contact the Advising Center once you have completed the assessment inventory to schedule an appointment to go over your results. You can receive your results in a workshop with two to three other students or ask for a one on one appointment. Plan on an hour meeting to receive your individualized report and an explanation of the results from a professional advisor trained specifically on this assessment inventory.
Need more information about the assessment inventory? Simply stated, the Strong Interest Inventory® College Profile measures an individual's interests. A report is generated that indicates your interests in relation to academics, hobbies/lifestyle, and occupations. The results presented in the report are arrived by comparing your responses to questionnaire items to the responses of individuals in the workforce who are successful and satisfied with their work. You will be able to see how similar or dissimilar your interests are with this comparison group. A list of academic majors and occupations you may want to learn about will be provided to you.
For this workshop, you will be given the opportunity to take the Strong Interest Inventory® College Profile and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®. The Strong Interest Inventory® College Profile is described in the workshop above. The second assessment inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®, measures an individual's personality preferences. Knowing and understanding your preferences can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, preferred ways of learning, decision-making, goal-setting, and organizational styles, and how you like to interact with people. Research on personality preferences also provides information about occupations you may enjoy. The report you receive from this assessment inventory will provide you with lists of occupations to consider as well as information about your areas of strengths and challenges.
Once you have met with an advisor in the Advising Center, you will be given instructions to take the Strong Interest Inventory® College Profile and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®. You can take the assessment inventories when and where it's convenient for you. You will, however, need internet access. Contact the Advising Center once you have completed the assessment inventory to schedule an appointment to go over your results. You can receive your results in a workshop with two to three other students or ask for a one on one appointment. Plan on a two hour meeting to receive your individualized reports and an explanation of the results from a professional advisor trained specifically on these inventories.
During the workshop, you will have time to compare the results of the interest and personality preference inventories. The academic and career suggestions that appear on both reports will be worth paying attention to! You will also be given a Work-Related Values inventory during this workshop. This assessment inventory allows you to consider what is important, gives your life direction, and what is significant within a work environment. Examples of work-related values include things like variety, independence, creativity, helping others, managing, risk-taking, competency, and prestige, to name a few.
Students may sign up for any of these workshops by contacting an advisor in the Advising Center:
Edmund J. Cain Hall, Suite 102