Did you know that up to 50% of first-year college students are unsure of their major? Gathering information about yourself is a key step in choosing the best major for you. Taking a career assessment inventory will allow you to explore how your preferences, interests, skills or values can help you to choose a major. This service is free for current Pepperdine students. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to determine which assessment(s) might be right for you.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)
The MBTI assesses personal preferences in four different areas. The combination of these preferences can affect how comfortable you may feel in a given career field. Although all of the 16 personality preferences can be found across a wide range of careers, people are often drawn to one field over another based on their preferences. The MBTI can assist with self-knowledge and can help in choosing a career path that is more congruent with who you are.
Strong Interest Inventory®
The Strong Interest Inventory measures your interests in a wide range of occupations, work and leisure activities, and educational subjects. Your interests are compared to individuals who report being happy and successful in their jobs. If your interests are similar to their interests, you may like doing what they do. It is an excellent place to start a conversation about career choice.
Knowdell™ Values Card Sort
Using forty-one career related values, students assign each value card to one of the five categories based on a hierarchy of the importance of that value in their lives. Students will create a values summary sheet which can be used as they consider different occupational choices. Occupations that allow a greater congruency with their career values are typically more satisfying.
Knowdell™ Skills Card Sort
Using fifty-one transferable career skills, students assign each skill card to one of the five categories according to how much they enjoy using each skill. Students will then organize these skill cards based on their level of competency with each skill. Students can use this as a guide to focus on occupations that allow them to use their preferred skills. This also allows them an opportunity to consider which skills they would like to strengthen.