Deciding on your major or choosing a career can be a challenge. Questions like, “What will I most enjoy?”, “How can I ensure I will excel?”, “What happens if I change my mind?” run through your mind.
The great news is you don’t have to make this decision alone. The Office of Career Development offers “self-assessments” that can help you narrow down majors and careers to those that truly interest you.
By taking one or more of these assessments you can learn your skills, interests, values, talents and strengths and how each of those affects your major or career.
How do I take an assessment?
The following assessments may be taken in the Career Development Office Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm daily. Please contact a career counselor for more information on how to sign-up. Upon completing an assessment, an appointment can be scheduled with a counselor for interpretation of the results. There may be a cost for a self-assessment depending on the evaluation being requested.
Strong Interest Inventory®
Wondering what career fields might be the right fit for you? The Strong Interest Inventory identifies your interests and can show how those interests match up with possible career fields as well as activities and majors at Wake Forest. This assessment is useful for students trying to decide what major to declare but is also helpful for students trying figure out what careers to pursue after graduation. Individuals wanting access to the Strong Interest Inventory assessment must meet with a career counselor. After taking the assessment, schedule a follow-up appointment with the career counselor to review your results.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)
Interested in learning more about your personality preferences as they relate to interacting with others, processing information, decision-making, and potential career paths? The MBTI assessment, along with a counselor interpretation session, will help you explore how your personality and preferred way of being might fit best in particular occupations and work environments. This assessment is useful for students early in the career development journey seeking to explore potential majors and/or career options.
Identifies your strengths in order to best utilize your talents as well as begin exploring career based on your skill set. An understanding of your strengths will be useful as you build a resume, explore career possibilities, take on leadership roles, apply for jobs/internships and graduate programs, and interview. This assessment is recommended for use in group settings (programs/presentations, particularly with regards to leadership and professional development. Any student may also complete the assessment individually. Also learn how to become a Strengths Coach.
Self Directed Search (SDS)
Matches one's skills and interests to specific jobs, careers, occupations, college majors, and fields of study. The SDS is a low-cost, easy-to-use career interest inventory that will help you find a focus, find a path, and find your future. Includes a printable report with guidance on appropriate next steps, the meaning of the code, how to further use the code, and additional resources.