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Personality and Career Assessments

Choosing a major or career often begins with self-assessment.

Consider scheduling an appointment with Career Services to decide which assessment(s) described below are right for you. Learn more about your Interest, Personality, Skills & Abilities, and Values; discuss your results and generate ideas for majors and careers to research.  Keep in mind, no single test can tell you "what you should be" and that successful career planning may require more than one appointment.

Self-Directed Search (SDS)

Your personalized SDS report can help you to understand more about yourself and how your individual skills and interests are related to your career choice.

Taking the Self-Directed Search will determine your 3-letter Holland code to help you find the careers that best match your interests and abilities. A list of occupations (and college majors) with codes identical and/or similar to your own will be displayed on your screen.

You can then explore the careers you are most likely to find satisfying based upon your interests and skills. Your SDS report (developed by Dr. Robert C. Reardon) will also give you recommendations about how to proceed through your career development and decision-making process. No one assessment can tell you what career to pursue. Only you can make that decision. You should consider your SDS results in combination with other sources of career information, including detailed descriptions of occupations, additional assessments, or career counselors.

Contact the Career Services Office for login instructions and an access code at careerservices@oc.edu.

StrenghtsQuest  

Discover, Develop and apply your talents both in the classroom and in your career.

A tool that is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop strengths by building on what you do best - the way you most naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual.  

With StrengthsQuest, you will learn how to:

  • Discover and develop your greatest natural talents to progress to levels of personal excellence
  • Improve your grades and increase your learning by making the most of your talents
  • Determine a rewarding career path based on your unique strengths
  • Apply your talents in leadership, service, and relationship building of all types

Contact the Career Services Office for login instructions and an access code at careerservices@oc.edu.