Psi Chi Honor Society
Department of Psychological
& Brain Sciences:
Finding a career you'll love will involve networking, exploring career options, and internship experiences -- but it doesn't start there -- it starts with you!
Why take self-assessment tests?
- Self-assessment tests can help you generate a list of possible careers if you don't have any clear ideas. They can help broaden your list if you have only one or two ideas or narrow your list if you have too many ideas.
- Self-assessment tests also help to direct your attention to key concepts in career decision-making:
- Career decision-making involves researching careers and assessing how well you will fit with those careers. Your decision-making will be greatly enhanced if you've thoroughly, honestly assessed yourself.
- The career that will be a good fit for you depends on your interests and skills and personality and values. Many people exploring careers let their interests guide them, but don't look carefully enough at themselves or potential careers to determine if their skills, personality and values will be a good match.
- Crucial skills in the career development process -- like networking, resume writing, and interviewing -- depend on your having thoroughly assessed your interests, skills, personality and values and being able to confidently present yourself to others.
- MyPlan helps students make well-informed decisions about their education and careers through tools for self and career exploration. MyPlan is FREE for IU students and students with questions about their results are encouraged to talk with a counselor at the Career Development Center.
Click here for instructions if you want to take MyPlan!
- You can take the Strong Interest Inventory or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at the Career Development Center. Students must have a referral from an Career Advisor and pay $25 to take these assessments.
- The Self-Directed Search. Are you realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, conventional? Dr. John Holland's assessment provides a list of careers that most closely match your interests. Click here to learn about Holland's 6 categories of career interests / environments. The test takes 20-30 minutes and costs about $4.95. Note: The SDS was developed for diverse populations. Many of the job descriptions will be what you expect for people who have a college degree and many are appropriate for people who will not attend college. If you are likely to feel insulted if the test suggests a career as an electrician then this test may not be for you!
- The Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential is a personal assessment that takes 15 minutes to complete. MAPP identifies your true motivations toward work and allows you to match yourself to job categories to see where you best fit. The free sample report will provide you with 5 job matches - once you complete it, you will have the option to purchase a more comprehensive assessment, with prices $19.95 to $129.95.