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Self-Assessment

Career Services & Internships offers self-assessments to help students identify areas of strength and interest. The first step in the process of choosing a major is self-assessment. Before you can decide what you want to do you must have a comprehensive understanding of who you are – your interests, abilities and values. A description of each assessment tool is below. Contact Jackie Baker at (507) 457-6695 or jbaker@smumn.edu to schedule an appointment to take these assessments and review the results.

FOCUS - A Career & Educational Planning System
FOCUS is a self-paced, online assessment tool. It will enable you to self-assess your career relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. Students who use FOCUS make better decisions about their goals and plans and learn how to self-manage their careers.

Use FOCUS to help you choose or change your major. It may also be helpful in verifying your preferences or early choice of a career field.

FOCUS Presentation (PDF)
More information on what the FOCUS assessment can do for you

Start the FOCUS program
First-time users need to register (use "cardinal"  as the access code)

Keirsey Temperament Sorter II
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II is a self report questionnaire designed to make normal personality differences understandable and useful in our everyday life. Each one of us has a set of preferences by which we live. There are no right or wrong preferences; they simply produce different kinds of people who are interested in different things and are drawn to different fields.

This tool can be utilized to discover your own preferences, your strengths, and various careers satisfying to others with the same personality type as you. You can use the information to better understand yourself, your motivations and potential areas of growth. It will also help you to better understand those who differ from you.

Self-Directed Search
The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is the world's most widely used career interest inventory. It matches your skills and interests to specific careers, college majors and fields of study. The SDS was developed by Dr. John Holland whose theory of careers is the foundation for most of the career inventories used today. His theory relates people to six themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.

The SDS will help you to understand more about yourself, your skills and your interests. This assessment cannot tell you what career to pursue. Only you can make that decision. However, using the results from the SDS, other assessments, and by researching occupations, you can make a well thought out decision.