Self Discovery

Self-Discovery is a critical first step to making satisfying life and career choices 

Your interests, motivators, competencies, and preferences provide an important foundation for career planning and job search success. Review the resources in this section of the Career Navigator to learn more about yourself and how to align your strengths with opportunities in the world of work. 

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Career assessments 

Your interests, motivators, competencies, and preferences provide an important foundation for career planning and job search success. Review the resources in this section of the Career Navigator to learn more about yourself and how to align your strengths with opportunities in the world of work. 

Assessments  

Carey students and alumni can schedule an appointment with a Career Coach through Handshake to determine which assessments are most helpful given what they already know about themselves. 

CareerLeader 

CareerLeader identifies how individual interests, values and skills relate to the world of work, then generates a list of business occupations for consideration.  

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) 

The MBTI profile reveals how we see and interact with the world, giving insight into our motivation and the motivation of others. This provides a strong foundation for personal growth and development, underpinning enhanced personal effectiveness. 

StrengthsQuest 

StrengthsQuest helps you identify and use your talents to achieve academic success, explore careers, and understand leadership development. 

Strong Interest Inventory (SII) 

The SII that helps people match their interests with potential educational, career, and leisure activities, using an individual’s preferences in a variety of areas to aid them in discovering what they would most enjoy doing with their work and their free time. 


Self-discovery resources 

  • Use the Self-Discovery Questions  to identify and articulate patterns in your skills, interests, and values. You can download the PDF onto your computer and then schedule an appointment with a Career Coach to reflect and gain insights on your work. 
  • The  O*Net Interest Profiler (U.S. Department of Labor) helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore. 
  • The  O*Net Skills Questionnaire is designed to help you use your skill set to identify occupations for exploration. 
  • The  National Career Development Association's suggested self-assessments links will assist users in exploring careers, planning for the future, searching for employment, and finding the additional training necessary to pursue their dream. Most of these resources are free, and several were developed in countries other than the U.S.