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Are you able to answer the following questions: What do I like (interests)?; What I am good at (skills/abilities); What is important to me (values)? 

Your personality is the collection of physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics that define you as an individual. You should try to indentify majors & careers that fit your personality, thus providing you the opportunity to be "yourself".

Resources:

  • Focus 2  - Focus 2 is a online career & education planning tool which looks at the assessment of personality, interests, skills, and values. Focus 2 can be used at any stage of your education to see which area of study/career fields may be compatible with your goals. All results are saved and accessible in your Focus 2 portfolio.  A good strategy after using Focus 2 is to review your results and discuss them with an advisor in Academic Advising Center & Career Services.  

Interests are things you enjoy doing or would like to experience. You may find that some of your interests are related to majors or careers, while others may be related to a hobby. While your career does not need to include all of your interests, people who have a career based on some of their interests are generally happier and more fulfilled with their work. 

Resources: 

  • Focus 2 - Focus 2 is a online career & education planning tool which looks at the assessment of personality, interests, skills, and values. Focus 2 can be used at any stage of your education to see which area of study/career fields may be compatible with your goals. All results are saved and accessible in your Focus 2 portfolio.  A good strategy after using Focus 2 is to review your results and discuss them with an advisor in Academic Advising Center & Career Services.  
  • Strong Interest Inventory - The Strong Interest Inventory measures your level of interest in occupational areas, activities, school subjects, and work environments. It then compares your interests with working professionals in a wide variety of occupations. Please contact the AAC/CS if you would information on taking the inventory.
  • Career Locker - The University of Wisconsin System developed Career Locker to allow students to assess their career interests, work values, and work place skills. Students can learn about occupations that match their inventory results.

Skills are involved in the process of using ability and knowledge to perform an activity or task successfully. Most skills may have to be learned and developed. You may find that you have an interest in a major or career that you do not currently have the skills for, so understanding your desire and aptitude to learn a skill is important. 

Resources:  

  • Focus 2 - Focus 2 is a online career & education planning tool which looks at the assessment of personality, interests, skills, and values. Focus 2 can be used at any stage of your education to see which area of study/career fields may be compatible with your goals. All results are saved and accessible in your Focus 2 portfolio.  A good strategy after using Focus 2 is to review your results and discuss them with an advisor in Academic Advising Center & Career Services.  
  • Career Locker - The University of Wisconsin System developed Career Locker to allow students to assess their career interests, work values, and work place skills. Students can learn about occupations that match their inventory results.

Values are the core set of beliefs that influence how you live your life. Identifying work values may allow you to identify majors & careers that are aligned with your personal values. Finding a major or career that aligns with all of your values may not be possible, but you should indentify choices that fit with the things that are the most important to you. 

Resources:  

  • Focus 2 - Focus 2 is a online career & education planning tool which looks at the assessment of personality, interests, skills, and values. Focus 2 can be used at any stage of your education to see which area of study/career fields may be compatible with your goals. All results are saved and accessible in your Focus 2 portfolio.  A good strategy after using Focus 2 is to review your results and discuss them with an advisor in Academic Advising Center & Career Services.  
  • Career Locker - The University of Wisconsin System developed Career Locker to allow students to assess their career interests, work values, and work place skills. Students can learn about occupations that match their inventory results.