Are you uncertain about which major (or career) to choose? Don’t panic, many students indicate that they are not certain of their choice of major!
With the help of the Open Majors module for TU students who are undecided about their major, as well as career assessments, you can determine more confidently what type of career fits your lifestyle, skills, interests and personality. TU has developed an online module using the CAST educational tool. Follow the instructions to “Create a Free Account” the first time you log in to CAST.
The results of career assessment cannot tell you which major or career is the right one for you. Instead, the main purpose of career assessment is to help you gain a better understanding about yourself so that you can use that information to make sound career decisions.
It is recommended that you discuss the results of your assessment with a career counselor/advisor. Please call the Career Center at 410-704-2233 to schedule an appointment.
If you are interested in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsQuest, or Strong Interest Inventory you will meet with a career counselor for an initial appointment, then take the assessment online on your own time (not during the appointment) and meet with a career counselor for a follow-up interpretation appointment.
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Discover occupations you might enjoy by taking the O*NET Interest Profiler assessment. If you already have an occupation in mind, search by industry or keyword and learn more about it from My Next Move.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) (PDF) describes personality based on preferences across four scales: Extraversion-Introversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling, and Judging-Perceiving. These preferences combine into one of 16 types. Understanding your preferences can help you to decide what you want to do and how to improve your chances of getting what you want. The career report of the MBTI provides occupational lists showing the occupations most selected and least selected by your personality type. It usually takes 30-40 minutes to complete the inventory online. Please call the Career Center at 410-704-2233 to schedule an appointment.
What is StrengthsQuest? Imagine a job where you have the opportunity to do what you do best -- every day. What would that job look like for you? Who would you work with, where would you work, and what type of activities would you be doing?
Through StrengthsQuest, you'll gain insight into your areas of greatest potential: the things that you naturally do best. StrengthsQuest is not a career assessment and it won't tell you what job or career you should do. But it does provide valuable information about who you are and gives you clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive.
Learn more about StrengthsQuest, and then start your StrengthsQuest journey with a 30-minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder.
After you take the Clifton StrengthsFinder, you'll receive a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success. For assistance with processing your results, please call the Career Center at 410-704-2233 to schedule an appointment.
The Strong Interest Inventory (Strong) (PDF) is an assessment designed to measure career and personal interests. Results are reported in four main areas: General Occupational Themes, Basic Interest Scales, Personal Style Scales and Occupational Scales. Understanding your interests can help you explore what you might like to do, where you might like to work, and how you might like to learn. The College Profile provides information which may help you choose a major. Please call the Career Center at 410-704-2233 to schedule an appointment.
Traitify is a visual personality assessment that matches you to careers in less than five minutes. A fun and quick first step in finding your career direction!