Although discussion with a career counselor in the Office of Career Services and Co-op is an excellent way to identify important and relevant factors to consider in a search for a major and occupation, there are also many online resources that can assist you. Here are some:
Since you will likely spend over 90,000 hours of your life working, it makes sense to pick a major and occupation that is something that you enjoy and will continue to want to learn about over the years. These inventories will help you identify career-related interests and will provide suggestions of occupations and majors that are related to your interests.
- O*NET Interest Profiler After you answer 60 questions about activities that would interest you, a list of occupations that might appeal to you will be generated. This site also links to information about these occupations. A career counselor at the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education can help you link this information to RIT majors.
- New York State Career Zone Click on “Assess Yourself” on the top tabs to take a very quick interest inventory. This will link to occupations and majors that might appeal to your interests.
- Strong Interest Inventory Career Counselors at the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education can give you access to take the Strong Interest Inventory, a commonly used assessment instrument to identify your interests and occupations associated with them.
The skills you have and enjoy using may suggest occupations that will appeal to you.
- The Skills Matcher takes you through a series of questions that allow you to identify skills and activities you have. This leads to a customized Skills Profile that includes:
- A summary of identified skills and work activities.
- A list of occupations matched either to skills or work activities.
- A link to Occupation Profiles for more detailed occupation information, as well as links from there to the Employer Locator for names of employers in their area.
- O*NET Skills Search Skills Search is designed to help you use your skill set to identify occupations for exploration. You select a set of skills from six broad groups of skills to create your customized skill list.
- My Skills, My Future If you have had a job and are looking to identify other occupations that will use your skill set, this very quick inventory may give you some good ideas.
Understanding aspects of your personality can help you identify work environments that are well-suited for you. No single personality trait is advantageous over another, but being aware of one’s personal preferences is an important step in making a satisfactory career choice.
We recommend the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to explore aspects of your personality. You may take the Myers-Briggs after meeting with a career counselor at the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education. The counselor will then review your preferences with you, and help you connect your personality traits and associated occupations.
- Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test Humanmetrics offers free brief online MBTI assessment.
- The Personality Page Take a personality inventory here ($5.00) and explore many aspects related to personality: career choice, relationships, personal growth, etc.
- 16 Personalities Take a personality inventory here and learn more about the 16 personality types, including career paths and workplace habits.
Work can bring much satisfaction when it fulfills our values. The following inventories will help you prioritize your essential work values.
Once you have identified your work values, you can talk with a career counselor and explore occupational information to find careers which align with your values.