Self Assessment

Feeling confused?

  • It’s perfectly normal if you feel stressed or confused about which career direction to follow.
  • It’s okay to continually re-evaluate yourself throughout your college experience. New experiences, courses, and internships may lead you to determine that your interests or key skills have changed and/or evolved.
  • It is estimated that 70% of college students change their major at least once.
  • You do not have to select a career before choosing a major. View the Career Interest Area Handout to get more guidance on this topic.
  • Don’t let false assumptions about yourself and/or the workplace stop you from pursuing a fulfilling career.

Interests

  • Are activities you pursue for pure enjoyment that  include elective courses, hobbies, extra-curricular activities, or any way you use your free time.
  • Your interests are clues to the type of career you’d enjoy and feel excited to pursue.
  • You will experience greater job satisfaction when you are doing what you like to do.
Tools to help you identify your interests:
  • Truity Holland Code Career Assessment - Take a free 20 minute assessment identify your strongest career interest among six occupational themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (a.k.a. RIASEC).
  • Strong Interest Inventory: College Edition - The Strong Interest Inventory is an in-depth assessment provided by the Career Center. It can help you identify your interests as it relates to academic, leisure, and career areas to help you explore potential college majors and career paths. The report costs $15 to process and requires a meeting with a Career Counselor to explain how the assessment works and how to register to access this inventory. You must make an appointment through SJSU Handshake.
  • SJSU Major Finder - Use this tool to identify your top three career interests and learn what majors would be a good fit with your career interests.  This tool helps you figure out what types of majors are most in alignment with your abilities, interests, and personality style.  

Values

  • Values are the core principles that determine what you do, who you spend your time with, and how you think about the world.
  • Values help you gauge what is most important in your personal and professional life.
  • Knowing your values is crucial for making wise major/career choices.
Tools to help you identify your values:

Personality

  • Understanding your personality is important when making career and life decisions.
  • Identifying how you like to communicate, work with others and exist in the world will help you choose your preferred work environment.
  • Knowinging your personality type will help you determine how to best use your strengths and overcome challenges in the workplace.
Tools to help you identify your personality:
  • Truity MBTI Typefinder Assessment - Take a free 15 minute Myers Briggs 16 personality type assessment that includes possible careers, your core values, and motivations.
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - The MBTI is an in-depth assessment that is provided by the Career Center. The report costs $15 to process and requires a meeting with a Career Counselor to explain how the assessment works and how to register to access this inventory. You must make an appointment through the scheduler on SJSU Handshake.

Skills and Strengths

  • Strength is the ability to perform in a specific activity under different circumstances.
  • Skills can be identified as a talent that is done well, and you can build expertise in.
  • You can further develop your strengths and skills in the classroom, but also in activities outside of the classroom such as part-time jobs,  internships, clubs, organizations and volunteering. Learn how to make the most of your major.
Tools to help you identify your strengths and skills: