How do I choose a career? Should I continue with my Education? Where do I start?
These are common questions for university students. It is normal to be unsure of your direction. A great way to start exploring your options is to evaluate what is important to you. What do you enjoy doing and what is your personal style? You can then use this information to assess your compatibility with a career to guide you in making an informed decision.
You can book an appointment with a counsellor to discuss your options. We use two surveys to aid students, staff and faculty explore these questions: the Myers/Briggs Personality Survey and the Strong Career Inventory. You can also check out our Career Services page for online resources and more helpful information.
The Myers/Briggs and The Strong are self-reported questionnaires that are designed to measure your preferences and interests and match them with those in various compatible professions.
These tests are available to students, and to university employees and their eligible dependents through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EAP)
For an additional fee, those outside the Acadia University community (Private Clients) may also take these tests. They are available online and are administered by the Student Resource Centre.
The Strong is a self-reported questionnaire used to measure and describe people's interests in a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities, and educational subjects. Created by E.K. Strong, Jr., the Strong was designed to help individuals make educational and career plans. It has been used in educational settings, public institutions, and private organizations for nearly 80 years.
Its major purpose is to help individuals understand how their interests and skills map into the occupational world, thereby helping them make better career choices. With a focus on careers that require a post-secondary education, this inventory is most appropriate for individuals who have completed college/university, are currently enrolled, or plan to attend.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung's theory of psychological types. Your "type" is the combination of preferences that you choose when you answer the MBTI questions. The questions in the MBTI are not important in themselves, but they do indicate your basic preferences:
There is no right or wrong answer to these preferences: they simply reflect different kinds of people who are interested in different things, who are good in different fields and often find it hard to understand each other. An understanding of types in general and your own type in particular can help you choose your career and help you deal with the problems and people in your life.
So, if you are curious about your personality type, a business student encountering problems working in your group, or want to improve relations with your roommate, partner or friend, why not do the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?