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Information on Assessments

Examples of formal assessments offered in Counseling and Career Services include:   

  • Focus-2 Career Planning System
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
  • Skills Scan Card Sort
  • Values Card Sort

FOCUS-2 Career Planning System is a self-guided online career assessment that helps you discover your interests, personality, leisure activities, values, and skills. These characteristics are matched with various occupations and academic majors offered at HCC. You can also research and explore over 1,200 different careers within FOCUS-2. The best part about FOCUS-2 is that you can work at your own pace and start as soon as you would like. All that you need is an account and access to the Internet! Click here to get started today. Be sure to keep track of your username and password, so that you can revisit FOCUS-2 again in the future.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a questionnaire whose purpose is to make the theory of personality types understandable and useful in people's lives. People differ in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, so it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, skills, and in what they prefer to do.  The MBTI will help you identify your preferences from your self-reported responses and will indicate how your basic preferences can be put into practical use to determine career compatibility. 

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is used to help individuals make informed decisions regarding their interests in specific types of jobs and careers. The SII measures an individual’s interests in a large number of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects. The results provide a solid, dependable guide for individuals seeking a career change or help with career development.

The Skills Scan Card Sort is an interactive skills assessment tool designed to help you identify your natural strengths and categorize your transferable skills.  It can be used to evaluate the compatibility of your current career or to begin the career development process. The card sort will identify your skill preferences (skills that capitalize on personal strengths) and label your skill competencies (skills critical to job performance). It will provide you with a vocabulary to help define your skills on resumes, cover letters, and in interviews, and help you develop a "personal skills profile."

The Values Card Sort is a simple, fun, and colorful card sort to help you identify and prioritize your work-related and life values in just a few minutes. The Card Sort includes 41 variables of work satisfaction such as time, freedom, precision, work, and power.  The results of this sort will help you to define factors affecting your career satisfaction, identify the intensity of your feelings about these factors, determine areas of value conflict and congruence, then help you apply what is learned from this sort to your career decision.

If you are interested in taking an assessment to assist in your career planning process, please call 443-518-1340 to make an appointment with a career counselor.

Counseling and Career Services RCF 302
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