Self-discovery is a core element of career planning. Understanding your values, interests, skills and personality type helps you determine the work environment or specific job that would be a good “fit” for you.
The Career Center provides three online formal assessment tools to help you learn more about yourself. We offer workshops, as well as self-assessment tools, including the MBTI, StrengthsQuest and Strong Interest Inventory to help you explore your interests. Stop by the Career Center or call to get access to self-assessment tools. These tools are available to WashU students at no cost. A follow-up appointment with a career adviser is necessary to review your results.
Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
The Strong Interest Inventory assesses personal interests and their relationship to the world or work. This tool also provides a list of occupations to consider for further career exploration.
You need 20-25 minutes to take the SII. Come by any time during our business hours to take the SII or to get the log-in info to access the SII at home.
The SII is:
- A good starting place in the self-discovery process.
- Often taken with the MBTI and requires an interpretive meeting with a Career Advisor.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator identifies your personality and helps you discover what motivates and energizes you. There are many applications for the MBTI, including career planning and identification of suitable work cultures.
Please allow 20-25 minutes to take the MBTI. Come by the Career Center to get the log-in info and schedule an appointment for interpretation.
The MBTI is:
- Good for any student, and commonly used in the business world.
- Often taken with the SII and requires an interpretive meeting with a Career Advisor.
StrengthsQuest is program that focuses on determining a student’s strengths rather than their weaknesses. It is intended to lead students to discover their natural talents and gain unique and valuable insights into how to develop such talents into strengths – strengths that equip them to succeed and to make important decisions that enable them to balance the demands of coursework, extracurricular activities, career choices, and family.
Please allow 20 – 25 minutes to take the assessment. This is a timed assessment and there should not be any disruptions or breaks taken from start to finish.
The StrengthsQuest assessment is taken by computer online. Come by the Career Center to get the log-in info and schedule an appointment for interpretation.
- Good for any student, and commonly used in the business world (Gallup StrengthsFinder)
- Results of assessment will come directly the taker after completing assessment. However, results should be discussed during an interpretive meeting with a Career Advisor.