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Introduction to career assessment: exploration of self

  • Career assessments are inventories that are designed to help individuals better understand their unique self (e.g., work interests, values, skills, personality, and leisure activities).

  • Seton Hall University’s Career Center offers a variety of career assessments to assist in self-awareness and self-exploration. These resources are available to you free of charge as a Seton Hall University undergraduate or graduate student. The services are also available to alumni.

  • The three career assessments utilized at The Career Center are FOCUS-2, the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).


FOCUS-2 ®

What is it? FOCUS-2 is a self-paced, career guidance tool that can assist you in making some important decisions like choosing an academic major or career. This series of online assessments is designed to help you in the career development process by providing you with career-related information. FOCUS-2 can also help you decide on career goals and action plans by increasing your awareness of your talents, interests, values, personality and potential for success in certain careers.

How long does it take? The initial assessments will take about 30 minutes to complete. A great deal of career-related information is then generated for each assessment, and we encourage you to review those occupations, as well as identify additional occupations to investigate based on industry and majors.

Getting Started. To complete FOCUS-2, access the Career Center Resources available through PirateNet.
(Note: Alumni should contact The Career Center for KEYCODE information.)

   

When Finished. By the time you’ve completed FOCUS-2, you’ll have received a great deal of information about yourself and about potential majors and careers. Although FOCUS-2 will provide you with an abundance of useful information, some of it may seem a little confusing or overwhelming to process on your own. The best way to understand your results is to meet with a professional from The Career Center, who will assist you in interpreting the information. During the meeting you’ll have a chance to discuss your results and develop an action plan to help you achieve your academic and career goals.
 
To schedule on appointment,
please call (973) 761-9355 or visit our office in Bayley Hall, 2nd Floor.

Strong Interest Inventory® (SII)

What is it? The Strong Interest Inventory® is a very reliable and valuable career-planning tool that measures one’s interests in a broad range of academic areas, occupational activities, and leisure activities. It is an essential resource for students exploring potential academic majors and career options, or alumni considering a career change or seeking more satisfying work within an organization.

How does it work?
Since the 1920's, this inventory continues to give people insights that help them identify career paths that fit their personality and are personally satisfying. It does this by compiling your interests and dislikes and comparing them to the interests and dislikes of hundreds of people in identified occupations who report that they enjoy their current careers/jobs. The report is based on the concept that if they like their career/jobs, and you share the same interests, you'll likely find similar work enjoyable.

How long does it take to complete? Approximately 35 – 40 minutes.

Getting Started. To complete the Strong Interests Inventory®, access the Career Center Resources available through PirateNet.
(Note: Alumni should contact The Career Center for fee and password information.)

 

NOTE: There is no need to enter a User ID. This is configured for you upon completion of the Inventory (a User ID is only used when you need to return to the Inventory to resume taking it).

When Finished.
When you complete the Inventory, click on the “Done” button. Your results and profile will be stored with The Career Center. After completing the online assessment, you will need to schedule an appointment with a Career Center professional who will provide you with a copy of your Strong Profile and assist you in understanding the results. To schedule on appointment, please call (973) 761-9355 or visit our office in Bayley Hall, 2nd Floor. 


Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)

What is it? The Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) has been used for more that 60 years to help people become more satisfied and successful in their careers. This assessment can assist you finding a career that is meaningful to you and at which you could be productive. The more you understand about yourself, the better your decisions will be about your career and the more effective you will be able to implement those decisions. 

How does it work? The MBTI® was developed as a measure of Jung’s theory of psychological types. The MBTI® type describes where a person directs his or her energy (focus on people and things in the outer world or focus on thoughts, feelings, and impressions of the inner world); how one gathers information (focus on facts and details that can be confirmed by experience or focus on possibilities and relationships among ideas); how one makes a decision (use impersonal, objective, logical analysis to reach conclusions or use a person centered, subjective analysis to reach conclusions); and how one deals with the outer world (plan, organize, make decisions and come to closure or be spontaneous and adaptable, collect information and stay open to new options). Based on this, your “type” is determined that can be very helpful in assisting you in finding a career or switching to a new career that suits you best.

Getting Started. To complete the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, access the Career Center Resources available through PirateNet.
(Note: Alumni should contact The Career Center for fee and password information.)

 

NOTE: There is no need to enter a User ID. This is configured for you upon completion of the Inventory (a User ID is only used when you need to return to the Inventory to resume taking it).

When Finished. When you complete the MBTI®, click on the “Done” button. Your results and profile will be stored with The Career Center. After completing the online assessment, you will need to schedule an appointment with a Career Center professional who will provide you with a copy of your MBTI® results and assist you in understanding them. To schedule on appointment, please call (973) 761-9355 or visit our office in Bayley Hall, 2nd Floor.

Contact Us

The Career Center
(973) 761-9355
careers@shu.edu
Bayley Hall Rm. 209

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