In order to know where you want to go in life, you have to know who you are; self-awareness is the first step in the career development process. When making career decisions, it is important to implement the four areas of your self-concept: personality, interests, skills and values. Increasing your awareness of these four areas will help you choose a career path that will be a better “fit” for you. Not everyone is cut out for the same job. Salary means nothing if going to work every day makes you miserable!
There are many great careers out there that are consistent with your self-concept. To get an idea of what they might be, meet with a career counselor and sign up for Career Quest, a comprehensive set of inventories which includes the MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, and a Skills and Values assessment. These inventories assess all four areas of your self-concept and provide you with potential career paths to consider.
In order to get started, find out what careers fit your skills, values and interests by taking FOCUS!
Use these links to get started in FOCUS
- You can log on to the account you already created ... or
- Create a new account. Your access code to create a new account is: lynx
FOCUS is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for use by college students. It will enable you to self-assess your career relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. Students who use FOCUS make better decisions about their goals and plans and learn how to self-manage their careers. Use FOCUS to help you - Choose or change your major and also to verify your preferences or early choice of a career field.
For more information on what the FOCUS assessement can do for you, see this presentation.