The first stage in the career planning process is to understand yourself. Consider your:
You will want to look for a career that is consistent with your personal values. How important is money? Do you want to make a difference in people's lives? Freedom to do your own thing? Prestige?
Your career will be a better fit if it calls for you to do things that you enjoy doing. Do you know what interests you?
You will be a lot happier and more successful if your career allows you to be yourself. Are you more comfortable working alone or in a group? How well do you handle stress? Do you prefer structured or unstructured work environments? Do you make decisions quickly or do you need time to analyze things?
Your chances of being hired are highest when your skills match the requirements of the job. Do you have a good idea of what skills you have? Are you concerned that you have not acquired any marketable skills?
The more you know about the things you do well or enjoy doing, the better career and life decisions you can make.
AACE offers career counseling and career assessments to assist you. Interpreted assessments are available free for you to take online. The assessments offered requiring interpretation are the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and the Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Strong Interest Inventory
The SII looks at your interests in a broad range of areas including school subjects, activities, people, and identifies occupations/majors where your interests could lead to a satisfying match. The SII is based on the idea that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work in jobs or at tasks that are interested in. Your interests are compared to individuals who are happy and successful in their jobs. Your personalized report identifies the 10 occupations most closely aligned with your interests. These occupations are just some of the many occupations linked to your interests that you might want to consider. They do not indicate those you "should" pursue. It is helpful to think of each occupation as a single example of a much larger group of occupational titles to consider.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The MBTI assessment is the most widely used assessment in the world for understanding individual differences and uncovering new ways to work and interact with others. The assessment identifies a person's type made up of four basic type preferences. The report applies your results from the MBTI assessment to help you identify job families and occupations that are a good fit for your reported MBTI type. You will understand how type affects your career choice, career exploration and career development.
Personality Types are not labels, they are preferences. You are dynamic, you change, grow, and learn. Your type does not limit you. Your type can be used to match you to occupations or avoid occupations.
Learn how your "preferences" affect how you interact with others, gather information, and make decisions relating to career choices. Career Counselors are trained to interpret results which can then help you clarify your career direction.
Call Academic Advising and Career Education at (510) 885-3621 to schedule an appointment with a counselor (required prior to taking an assessment).