It’s common wisdom to seek jobs that match your strengths and interests, though the actual task of doing so can be difficult if you aren’t quite sure what those are. Career self-assessments can help you find out. An essential tool in career planning and development, the tests give further insight into your goals and unique abilities, with the ultimate goal of aligning the two.
This week we’ve outlined some recommended self-assessments.
Pymetrics is a free service that utilizes a series of straightforward but challenging “neuroscience games” to analyze your cognitive abilities. Unlike traditional career tools that gauge your disposition (“Would you rather do something hands-on or work on a computer?”), Pymetric’s tasks assess you on a variety of metrics, including your ability to read facial emotions, memory, and aversion to risk.
After you’ve completed 12 games (each takes one to three minutes), you’ll receive a report on your cognitive, social, and emotional abilities, and how they compare to other Pymetrics users. Career matches are then calculated by comparing your gameplay results to those of working professionals within different industries. For example, your results might be a 92% fit for project management, 75% for data science, and 10% for software engineering. The site will then recommend current job openings based on those scores.
O*NET Interest Profiler
The O*NET Interest Profiler is a tool on My Next Move, an occupation information site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A more traditional assessment, the Profiler asks you to rate specific tasks on a scale of “strongly dislike” to “strongly like.” Example prompts include everything from “build kitchen cabinets” to “help people with personal or emotional problems.”
At the end of the questionnaire, your answers will be scored along six different metrics: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. You’ll then be able to view suggested careers based on those scores, with the ability to filter the results by the amount of required preparation and/or education. Each suggested occupation will come with an abundance of information, including job duties, necessary skills and abilities, technologies used, and average salary.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
While not specifically a career assessment, MBTI is one of the most commonly used tools in helping people gain insight into their personality traits. The test analyzes character attributes including how you gather energy, collection information, make decision, and the sort of organizational structures you prefer.
Your Myers-Briggs results can both point you toward potential careers and provide a better understanding of how to succeed in your current job. And beyond strictly occupational concerns, MBTI offers information that is personally useful, such as your preferred styles of communication, how you develop friendships and romantic relationships, and what might test your patience.
While the above link brings you to a free version of the MBTI, you can take the official version here for $50.
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5/18: Adulting 101; 12:30 – 1:30pm, MGH 258
Guest speaker Almeera Anwar, coordinator at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s HR Global Operations team, will discuss a variety of HR and finance-related subjects. Topics include interviewing and negotiating an offer, employment contracts, compensation plans and investing, health benefits, performance reviews, and showing up for your first day on the job.
UW Career & Internship Center
5/11: Working for Social Justice: UW Alumni Discuss Their Careers in the Labor Movement; 4:00 – 6:00pm, HUB 145
5/12: Exploring Your Career Interests Lab; 1:30 – 2:20pm, MGH 134
5/16: Internship Story Share: A Showcase of Student Perspectives; 2:00 – 5:00pm, SMI 320
5/16: Exploring: Education, Non-Profits & Social Justice Careers; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
5/17: Exploring: Creative Arts & Design Careers; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
5/22: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
RSVP required (link above). The NGA is not able to hire international students
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