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Before you decide on a major or career path, the Career Development Center recommends taking time to reflect on who you are, what you value, what interests you, and what skills and preferences you have. Self-exploration is a critically important part of the career development process, and it can be accomplished through self-reflection, the guidance of a Career Educator, and/or the completion of career assessments and interest inventories.

The better you understand yourself, the easier it will be to make academic and career decisions that align with who you are, what you value, and what will most likely provide fulfillment in your life and career.

Exploring, developing, and understanding who you are is an exciting step in your personal and professional journey as a college student and well beyond! We are happy to help guide you in this process and hope that you enjoy the resources listed below.

+ - Self-Assessments To Complete on Your Own

+ - Certified Assessment Coaching

Self-assessments can help you explore your interests, skills, values, and preferences as they relate to choosing a major or career. In cooperation with and at the discretion of a Career Educator, students are eligible to take self-assessments to assist in their major and career planning process. An appointment with a Career Educator is necessary prior to taking the assessment(s).

Though these assessments are not foolproof and do not hold the absolute answers for the career you may like to pursue, they can be useful tools to help you understand your interests, skills, values, and preferences more clearly to make choices aligned with who you are.

At the Career Development Center, we offer the following assessments:

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assesses your preferences for where you focus your attention and get energy (introversion or extraversion), the way you take in information (sensing or intuition), the way you make decisions (thinking or feeling), and how you orient yourself to the external world (judging or perceiving). You will receive a result with a four-letter code, which indicates with one of the 16 personality type codes best describes you. With this information, you can begin to gain insight and clarity into yourself and your values, which is a great place to begin when planning your educational and career paths!

The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment helps you identify the themes that interest you the most (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional). The results give you a comprehensive understanding of the areas of life that are most exciting and interesting to you, which is very helpful in choosing among various options for a major or career. Through reviewing the results about your various interests, a career educator can help you determine options for how to combine your interests and maximize your sense of personal fulfillment along your career path!

The purpose of The Paw is to brainstorm all the elements (interests, abilities, preferred work environments, personal values, etc.) that you would want in an ideal job. Then you can review the themes that surface through self-reflection, discussions with friends and family, and finally a meeting with a Career Educator to gain insight into possible careers you may want to explore. 

Once you’ve completed The Paw, you can review the themes that surface through self-reflection, discussions with friends and family, and finally a meeting with a Career Educator to gain insight into possible careers you may want to explore. 

Your Paw should help you start on the next step of your journey— researching via books, Internet, and informational interviewing to learn as much as you can about your exciting career possibilities.

If you would like to set an appointment with a Career Educator to review your Paw, please contact: career@chapman.edu

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