Self Assessment

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Not sure where to start?

  • It’s perfectly normal to 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 for more guidance on this topic.
  • Don’t let false assumptions about yourself and/or the workplace stop you from pursuing a fulfilling career.

Interests: What do you want to do?

  • Interests are activities you pursue for pure enjoyment that may 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 enjoy.
Tools to help you identify your interests:
  • Truity Holland Code Career Assessment - Take this fun and free 20-minute photo assessment to 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 interests.  This tool helps you figure out what types of majors are most in alignment with your abilities, interests, and personality style.  

Values:  What is most important to you?

  • Values are the core principles that help you evaluate your choices, determine 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 and career choices.
Tools to help you identify your values:

Personality:  What are your unique traits and preferences?

Tools to help you identify your personality:
  • Truity MBTI Typefinder Assessment - Take this free 15-minute Myers Briggs 16 Personality Type assessment that describes a core aspect of who you are, how you think, and how you approach your life and the world around you.
  • 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 SJSU Handshake.

Skills and Strengths: What are your unique talents?

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