Each person is unique, especially where personality traits are concerned. Are you, for instance, a person who is more extraverted or introverted? Do you consider yourself more detail-oriented or more of a big-picture thinker? Understanding these and other personality traits will help you to identify the careers in which you will have the most likelihood of personal and professional satisfaction. Assess your personality by using CareerBeam
or by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Have you noticed that even your closest friends sometimes are not interested in the same campus activities, classes, hobbies, or TV shows as you? That’s because each person’s interest preferences is unique to them. Better understanding the things that you are most excited about will help you to choose a career path that will best maintain your attention, energy, and fulfillment. Assess your interests using CareerBeam
, the O*Net Interest Profiler
, or the Strong Interest Inventory.
Do you most value prestige and power, or harmony and helping? Do you value leisure time or would you rather spend your time working towards work-related goals? Understanding your personal values (what you deem as most important in your personal life) and work values (what you deem as most important in your work) will help ensure that you choose a career path that will echo the things you feel most strongly about. Assess your values using CareerBeam
Multicultural and Special Populations
People are unique in all sorts of ways - not just in terms of personality, interests, values, skills, abilities, and passion(s). As you think about yourself and your place in this world, also take time to reflect upon the ways that your gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexual-orientation, and religion might have shaped who you are and what you care most about. These are not necessarily things that you will share openly with others, but it will provide you with a stronger foundation moving forward in your career planning process. Visit our Multicultural and Special Populations
section for more details!