Choosing a Major/Career

  Career Assesments

The process of choosing major or career often begins with self-assessment. Consider taking one of the assessments described below to learn more about your Interests, Personality, Skills & Abilities, and Values. After taking one or more assessment, meet with a career counselor to discuss your results and generate ideas for majors and careers to research. Keep in mind that no single test can tell you “what you should be” and that successful career planning may require more than one appointment.

 
Strong Interest Inventory                                                           

Students who are choosing or changing majors or need assistance clarifying their career goals may find the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) a helpful starting point. The SII is one of the most widely used and respected career planning tools. This is 291- item assessment compiles your interest patterns and compares them to satisfied professionals in various occupations. Upon meeting with a career counselor to review your results, you will learn which areas interest you the most and how they relate to majors at Warren Wilson

Request the SII username/password by contacting 828/771-3759 or careers@warren-wilson.edu. Once you take the SII online, call to schedule an appointment with a career counselor who will review your results with you. Please note that results are only provided during the appointment.

 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator                                                                 

This inventory assesses your personality and reports a personality type based on four preference scales. Learn how your personality can impact your career choices and interactions with others.                                                    

 Request the MBTI username/password by contacting 828/771-3759 or careers@warren-wilson.edu. Once you take the MBTI online, call to schedule an appointment with a career counselor who will review your results with you. Please note that results are only provided during the appointment.

 

Values Inventory Worksheet

In addition to considering interests, skills, and personality, students should consider their values when choosing a major or career. Work values are characteristics about jobs and work environments such as salary, amount of independence, required hours, etc.

Lifestyle values characterize what preferences people desire for their futures such as living in a particular geographic locale, maintaining family responsibilities, spending time in recreation, etc. People tend to feel most satisfied when their work satisfies their values. Print and complete a checklist {LINK} to help prioritize YOUR values. You can make an appointment with a career counselor if you would like to discuss your findings.

 

Skills Inventory Checklist

At the college level and beyond, it’s difficult to objectively measure your skills through a test. Completing the attached checklist will allow you to self-rate your skills and abilities. As you research careers of interest, consider the required skills and whether or not these are skills you feel you possess or could develop. Other ways to identify your skills include reflection on your personal accomplishments, classroom performance in various subjects, previous jobs or volunteer positions held, and feedback you receive from others.