Step 1: Finding Out About Yourself 

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We recommend that you select at least two of the following assessments since no one test provides sufficient information for something as important as making a career choice.

* ACT Profile

College and Career Planning Experience from ACT.
ACT Profile focuses on college and career planning experiences including exploring interests, abilities, values, and preferred job characteristics and how they relate to careers and college majors. For access, email career@nic.edu and be sure to schedule your follow-up appointment with Career Services.

* MICRO-SKILLSMicroSkills IV (Windows)

After you select transferable skills that you enjoy using most, this program will suggest and rate 30 of your most compatible occupations. You will also receive a score for each of the 6 Holland Personality Types and see how that relates to the work you enjoy. Then choose 5 specific occupations and discover why it is a good fit or not.  You will also leave with information on these 5 occupations.
1 & ½ hour appointment

* STRONG INTEREST INVENTORY

This test is based upon a comparison of your interests to those of successful people in a wide range of occupations. You will also gain insight into your work style: what environment are you most productive and comfortable in.  Once you have learned about compatible occupations, we supply you with resources to do further exploration.
Allow about 45 minutes for homework, before a 1 hour appointment.  $22.00 FEE

* MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR 

Based upon personality disposition on four scales: Introversion-Extraversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling, Judging-Perceiving.  Includes the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which produces an analysis of personality in terms of four basic temperaments.  Information provided on career choice and personality. 1-1/2 hours of home work before 1-1/2 hour appointment. $34.00 FEE

IDEAS (Interest, Determination, Exploration and Assessment System)

128 question online interest inventory.  Receive an individualized profile showing our your interest pattern fits into 16 different occupational areas.  Explore CIS occupations related to high interest areas immediately.  Takes about 30 minutes.

Some Online Tools that May Be Helpful

The above assessments include career counseling with a trained professional, and that cannot be replaced by Internet tools.  However, doing some thinking about yourself and your future can be guided by the following tools. 

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center Career Interest Assessment (Go to Step 2 and Click Ferguson's Career Guidance Center.  The Career Interest Assessment is on the right.) 

Career Values Test

The Princeton Review Career Quiz

20 Things I Love To Do

 

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