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Self-Assessments

  • Self Assessment is the process of utilizing instruments such as questionnaires to develop an understanding of self including values, interests, aptitudes, abilities, personal traits, and desired life style, and become aware of the interrelationship between self and occupational choice.

    The goal is to arrive at several possible answers or ideas. It is important to remember that there are no right or wrong answers, but rather is a process that looks at various possibilities.

    Assessment Methods

    The Career Services utilizes several tools to help students either narrow or broaden their focus, depending on their individual needs. These tools include the Strong Interest Inventory (SSI) andMyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

    Myers Briggs Type Indicator

    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI) is an instrument that can help an individual understand personality and the attributes of personality that makes them a unique person. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths and your potential areas of growth. The MBTI ® inventory can help individuals understand how they interact with others and are perceived by others. The results measure an individuals preference along four areas:

    • Where you prefer to focus your attention and get energy
    • Your preferred way of taking in information
    • Your preferred way of making a decision
    • How you orient yourself in relation to the outer world

    People tend to develop behaviors, skills and attitudes associated with their type. When we use our preferred methods, we are generally at our best, feel most competent, natural and energetic. Taking the MBTI ® allows you to develop an understanding of your personal traits and become aware of the interrelationship between self and occupational choice. This knowledge about yourself can help you make better-informed decisions and career choices.

    To take the MBTI, log-in to the Redhawk Network. Click on "Take/View Assessment" to the left of the screen and then click "Start New Assessment" on the next page above the MBTI. Make sure to schedule an interpretation when you're done by going to "Career Events" at the top of the screen and searching for "MBTI". During this small group interpretation, an advisor will help you understand your results and apply them to your career decision making.

    Theassessments costs $15.00 for SU students,$30 for SU staff* and alumni and $40 for friends of the university* (please note the cost is $20.00 for student groups, classes or staff/faculty trainings).

    Strong Interest Inventory®

    The Strong Interest Inventory® 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 Strong results. Understanding your Strong Profile can help you identify a career focus and begin your career planning and exploration process.

    Keep in mind that the Strong measures interests, not skills or abilities, and that the results can help guide you toward rewarding careers, work activities, education programs, and leisure activities—all based on your interests. As you review your Profile, remember that managing your career is not a one-time decision but a series of decisions made over your lifetime.

    This report provides you with your:

    • General Occupational Themes
    • Basic Interest Scales
    • Occupational Scales with Top Ten Occupations and scores for 122 occupations.
    • Personal Style Scales

    To take the SII, log-in to the Redhawk Network. Click on "Take/View Assessment" to the left of the screen and then click "Start New Assessment" on the next page above the SII. Make sure to schedule an interpretation when you're done by going to "Career Events" at the top of the screen and searching for "SII". During this small group interpretation, an advisor will help you understand your results and apply them to your career decision making.

    Theassessments costs $15.00 for SU students,$30 for SU staff* and alumni and $40 for friends of the university* (please note the cost is $20.00 for student groups, classes or staff/faculty trainings).

    *If you are a friend of the university or a staff/faculty member, please contact the office for special instructions on taking the assessments.