Self assessments are a fun and helpful way of getting to know
yourself better. A number of well-respected tools have been
designed by specialists and can be administered and interpreted by
trained professionals. Others are available free on the web,
although many experts question the reliability of these free
assessments. You are encouraged to take advantage of the service
and professional guidance offered by the staff of the Learning
Resource Center and the Center for Career Planning and Development.
Additionally, you are encouraged to take numerous assessments and
compare the results to see if patterns emerge.
Remember, assessments are not mind readers or fortune tellers.
The cannot magically suggest your dream job or ideal major. They
can only provide you with information that you can then use to make
informed decisions. Do not automatically reject information simply
because you have never considered it. Conversely, trust your own
instincts about yourself. If an assessment indicates that you have
similar interests to those who are accountants, but you dislike
working with numbers in that way, you should trust your instincts.
Resist the urge to feel "pigeonholed" by the suggestions or to use
the results as an excuse for not researching your options.
Remember, you alone are responsible for your choices.
Assessments Offered by Butler
Contact an Exploratory Studies advisor to set up an appointment
for one or more of these assessments:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: A personality assessment
that examines your preferences and explores various career options
based on natural tendencies and preferences. Personality types are
determined by preferences in four different categories
- How do you get and give energy?
- How do you take in and process information?
- How do you make decisions?
- How do you react to the outer world?
The Self-Directed Search: An inventory that allows you
to explore what you like to do and provides you a list of possible
career options based on these interests.
The Career Values Card Sort: A fun activity that allows
you to clarify what is important to you in your work.
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII): An assessment that
provides general information about your career interests and how
they compare to those of people in various occupations. Results
include a list of careers that may be of interest, as well as
general interest "themes" to consider when planning your
The SkillScan Professional Card Sort: An interactive
card game that allows you to identify your abilities and sort these
abilities into eight categories.
Internship and Career Services provides
links to a number of other tests and informative sites.
Assessments Available Online
website provides a free, 15 minute survey to help students focus on
educational goals. The survey includes questions about course work,
activities, environment, and work type preferences. Based on your
responses, the tool provides six majors to consider as well as
eManual: This extremely thorough self assessment is
designed around several steps, including identifying interests,
writing "pride stories", and taking self-administered
questionnaires. The site is designed and maintained by the
University of Waterloo.
The Career Key:
Short 10 minute questionnaire that asks about your interest level
in career types and work settings. Provides lists of careers that
match your interests and then provides links to the Occupational
Provides a collection of self assessments on topics such as career,
interests, career values, study styles, and personality index.
Test: Personality type assessment. Not directly related to
majors or careers but provides insight on personality and
preferences that can help make decisions. A free sample version of
the test is available.
Kirsey Temperament Sorter II: A series of questions
regarding values and work preferences. The tool then determines
your temperament; your predisposition toward certain attitudes and
actions. It is related to the information in the MBTI tool. The
report includes suggestions for the type of work you may enjoy or
be interested in researching. A more thorough report can be
purchased for a small fee.
Review Career Quiz: This online "quiz" consists of 24
questions regarding your work preferences and values. Based on your
answers, the quiz provides you with an analysis of your interest
type and working style preferences along with suggested fields of
study for you to research.