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Focus: Career and Education Planning Solutions

FOCUS is an online assessment system that will help you develop an accurate picture of your personal strengths, needs, and preferences, and develop a sound career plan. Using FOCUS you can:

1. Analyze your career planning status.
2. Assess your interests, skills, work values, personality, and preferences.
3. Discover and explore occupations, career paths, and education programs compatible with your personal attributes.
4. Map out your career and educational goals, action plans, personal development and training needs.

NOTE: You will need a keycode to access FOCUS, which you can obtain by logging into UMass Amherst CareerConnect.

It can difficult to sort through your results alone so you should consider scheduling an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your results, and perhaps take further self assessments such as the MBTI (see below).

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) (cost)

The widely used MBTI identifies your personality type, your strengths, and your preferences as they relate to a potential career. It is not an online assessment—you must complete it at Career Services and there is a fee charged for the materials. Make an appointment with a career advisor, who is qualified to administer and interpret the MBTI and will help you understand what the results mean for you.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II (free)

This is an adaptation of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, but without the benefit of its substantive research and development. If you are not able to take advantage of an in-person MBTI interpretation, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter may give some clarity to your personality style and related career issues. However, it is not nearly as accurate as the MBTI.

Princeton Review Career Quiz (free)

Princeton Review offers this assessment quiz developed by the creators of the Birkman Method. After completing the quiz, the results will indicate your Interest Color (the kind of job interests and responsibilities that matches your preferences) and your Style Color (the way you tend to work). It will also suggest potential careers for you.

Jung Typology Test (free)

The Jung Typology Test classifies people according to four criteria (Extroversion - Introversion, Sensing – Intuition, Thinking - Feeling, Judging – Perceiving) and provides immediate results. When you complete this test you will receive information on your type formula as well as a description of this type. You will also receive a list of suitable career choices based on your personality.

The Entrepreneur Test (free)

Are you interested in developing your own business? As the name suggests, this interactive quiz will help you assess your entrepreneurial skills.