Career and major exploration takes on many different forms, and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to go through the process. At the NDSU Career and Advising Center, we want all students to know that no matter where they are in their exploration, we have services and staff available to assist them. Interest Inventories and Personality Type Indicators may be able to help students determine their next step. These inventories and indicators serve a multitude of functions, but they are not designed to tell anyone what is the “best fit” job or career that will lead to lifetime satisfaction and fulfillment. Rather, these tools can provide some insight and direction about how a personality type or areas of interest might relate to majors, career field, industries, and other work environment factors. Here’s how the two types of tools are different and what they might be able to offer: Interest Inventories: Interest Inventories take different forms and there a multitude of free and at cost versions available online. At the NDSU Career and Advising Center, we have staff that are trained and certified in the Strong Interest Inventory as this product has been determined to be a reliable and valid instrument that has been in implementation since around the time of World War II. With regular updates and tests to ensure these standards, our department feels strongly that this tool can benefit students seeking:
- Information about how their personal interests can relate to majors or academic areas
- Details about the work environments they may find most fulfilling
- Lists of professions of those who have interest and disinterests most similar to the student’s
- and much more!
To learn more about the supported resources, take a look at our pages for the Strong Interest Inventory and the iStartStrong. If you would like to talk to a staff member about these tools and get a demonstration of how the results could benefit you, schedule with a Career Coach in Navigate or by calling 701-231-7111. For less in-depth, online resources, consider these free tools:
Personality Type Indicators: Personality Type Indicators can also take many shapes and forms, with many different options that exist online. At the NDSU Career and Advising Center, we have staff also trained and certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as this is one of the most globally recognized tools for determining personality type and how to better understand the “core” of one’s type. Seeing as this tools is so widely utilized and also upholds standards of reliability and validity, our department feels that this tool can benefit students seeking:
- To know and further understand their personality type
- To learn strategies that may be useful when looking for employment, trying to narrow down work environment types, etc.
- Information about what people of the same personality type tend to do for work and what they find most enjoyable about various career choices
- and much more!
To learn more about this indicator, visit the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator page or schedule with a Career Coach in Navigate or by calling 701-231-7111. For less in-depth, and potentially less reliable, online resources, consider this free tool: