Self-Assessment Tools

Self-Assessment Tools

When choosing a major or narrowing down a career field, there are three things you can do that will help you make a better and well-informed, decision. 

First, you should learn more about yourself and what's important to you. Second, you should research and explore career fields and occupations that might be a good fit, based on what you have learned. Third, once you have some focus, try to gain field experience, such as an internship, research or a practicum to test out your career ideas. 

Self-assessment tools are a fun and easy way to learn about yourself by gathering data about your work values, interests, personality, strengths and aptitudes. 

Utilizing a variety of self-assessment tools can help you put together the pieces of your career path puzzle. As you learn about your characteristics, select a major and research industries, it will be easier for you to obtain experience, as well as use self-knowledge to frame conversations during interviews with employers.  Once you take a self-assessment or two, feel free to make an appointment with a career advisor to get new insights and resources.

So, go ahead and get started - you will be on your way to a satisfying career!

...

16 Personalities

Personality is just one of many factors that guide our behavior, however. Our actions are also influenced by our environment, our experiences, and our individual goals. The 16 personalities assessment describes how people belonging to a specific personality type are likely to behave; outlining indicators and tendencies. Significant differences can exist even among people who share a personality type. The information on this website is meant to inspire personal growth and an improved understanding of yourself and your relationships.

Traitify Assessment

Traitify uses human interaction with images to create the fastest validated talent assessments in the market. Use your LinkedIn.com Profile to access the free assessment.

VIA Character Strengths (free)

What are your character strengths and how are you using your top 5 in your academic world?  Take this 15-minute assessment and see where you may be over- or under-utilizing your character strengths. Note: While the initial assessment is free, there is a cost if interested in a fuller report. 

FOCUS2

is an online assessment system that will help you develop a picture of your personal strengths, interests, needs, and preferences, and help you develop a career plan. It can also help you to narrow down your selection of a major, if you have not yet decided.  NOTE: To set up a FREE account to use FOCUS2, you will need an access code.  The access code is "Goodell"

Using FOCUS you can:

  • Assess your interests, skills, work values, personality, and work preferences, so you can find or confirm a great fitting career and/or major.
  • Discover and explore occupations, job titles, career paths, and education programs compatible with your attributes.
  • Map out your career and educational goals, action plans, professional development and training needs.

Once you have used FOCUS2, consider printing out your results and scheduling an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your findings:  Call 413-545-2224, or email careerservices@umass.edu

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) ($10 through the Career Hub)

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.

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.