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Self-Assessment and Exploration

The process of self-assessment can help you to identify majors or careers that suit your interests, skills, personality traits, and work values.

You may do this informally by talking with academic and career advisors, professors, family members, and friends. You may also do this formally by utilizing a self-assessment tool that offers suggestions – not answers – for you to consider when selecting your major or career path. Here are some questions to ponder to focus on what will ultimately make you happy:

  • What courses and topics spark your interest?
  • What social causes and activities are you passionate about?
  • What talents and skills come naturally to you?
  • What three adjectives would your friends use to describe your personality?
  • What can you see yourself doing in five or ten years?

The Career Center offers two self-assessment tools, the Strong Interest Inventory (Strong) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), at a cost of $10 each at no cost while the university operates online. See the assessment descriptions below to determine which of the tools is right for you.

Contact the Career Center to access self-assessments and set up an appointment to review your results with your career advisor. Email, call 202-885-1804, or stop by.

The Strong assesses your interests among a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities, and academic subjects. The Strong is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students. In particular, it is recommended for first and second-year undergraduate students who are in the process of exploring possible majors. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete online.

The MBTI can help you to identify which of the sixteen different personality types best describes you. It also highlights some of your strengths and weaknesses and suggests occupations that may satisfy you. The MBTI is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, and may be more appropriate for students who have already selected a major. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete online. is a free, simple, online career exploration tool that uses keyword searches and an interest profiler to help you find the right career for you. is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and utilizes O*NET, the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation specific descriptors and is available to the public for free.

In addition to completing a self-assessment, you can research your options and determine whether or not they match your interests, skills, personality traits, and work values. Use the resources below to obtain information about industries, occupations, employers, salary ranges, employment trends, educational requirements, and related topics: