When making decisions about your major and career, it is important to have self-awareness and to research the majors and careers you are considering. Career counselors can help you through the process of choosing a major or career.
It is helpful to identify your strengths, interests, skills, values, and aspects of your personality that you developed through your studies, extracurricular activities, and work experience. While career “tests” or assessments will not tell you what to be, they can help you learn more about yourself and identify potential careers for consideration. University Career Services offers online career assessments free of charge for current Mason students. Meet with a career counselor to discuss which assessment may be appropriate for you.
- Strengths Assessment: Clifton StrengthsInterest Assessment: Strong Interest Inventory
- Personality Assessment: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Skills Assessment: SkillScan
- You can do the following career assessments/exercises on your own:
What do I want the most in a career? Values Checklist (PDF)
What is keeping me from deciding on a career? CDDQ - Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire
Exploring Your Options
What are the tasks, skills, and future growth of various careers? ONET Online
What is the work environment, pay, and training needed for different careers? Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
What is it really like to work in this career field? Vault Check out Vault’s videos that describe a variety of careers by clicking on the Career Advice tab and then Explore Careers tab.
What careers could I do with skills from my past job? My Skills - My Future
What industries are a good fit for me? Industry Specific Resources