How do I choose a career? Did I pick the right Major? Is my program the one best suited for what I want to do? Does what I wanted two years ago align with what I want now? What if I’ve changed my mind?
At some point in your university career you may question the choices you have made…and that is ok! Just because you question a choice does not mean you made the wrong choice.
One way to start exploration is to evaluate what is important to you. What do you enjoy doing? What is your personal style? You can use this information to guide you in making decisions about your career path.
Career Counselling offers two self-exploration instruments that can help you better understand your likes and preferences: the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) and The Strong Interest Inventory.
Accessing the MBTI and Strong will require you to visit the Counselling Centre in order to pay the fee and request which instrument(s) you would like to complete.
The Strong Interest Inventory is a self-reporting instrument that measures interests. It was designed by E.K Strong Jr. to help individuals clearly see where their interests lie. It’s helpful to know this when making choices about our career path. For example, it would be unrealistic to think that all our interests will be represented in one career. Some interests will appear in our lives through our hobbies. Knowing what we strongly prefer will help to determine what we want in our daily job and what could be better represented in a hobby. The Strong does not measure skill, as skills can always be developed.
The Myers Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types. It indicates your preferences toward whether you focus on the outside world or inside world (introvert or extrovert), whether you take in information with facts or thought (sensing or perceiving), whether you make decisions by thinking or feeling, and whether you deal with the outside world by judging or perceiving. The MBTI does not measure trait, ability, or character. The goal of understanding preferences is to understand yourself and others in a different way.