Career & Professional Development

Self Assessments

Exploring potential career paths begins with identifying your interests, skills, values, and personality. Completing a career self-assessment and meeting with a career advisor to interpret your results can help build a solid foundation on which to develop an action plan. You will be able to use your results to feel confident about the major you have chosen, explore related career fields, uncover new areas of interest, and seek out relevant opportunities for internships and campus involvement.

To take an assessment: With the exception of the Focus 2 (specific instructions listed), your career advisor will work with you to determine if a self-assessment is appropriate. If so, you will be provided with login information. Please contact to schedule an appointment.

Career & Internship Services offers the following self-assessments:

Focus 2 Career Planning System

FOCUS 2 is an interactive online resource that combines self-assessment, academic major and career exploration, action planning, and decision-making into one comprehensive system. After assessing your personal attributes, Focus 2 searches extensive databases to identify potential career fields that would be a good fit for you. Our Focus 2 system is customized with the majors offered at High Point University and corresponding career options. You can access information on over 1,200 specific job titles using the Focus 2 system.

Consider accessing the Focus 2 if:

  • You are a freshman or sophomore and are exploring possible majors at HPU
  • You have chosen your major and would like to research possible related career fields
  • You like the idea of a one-stop online career resource that allows you to access personalized career information at any time

To access the Focus 2:

  • Skip the login box and click the “Get Started” link for new users
  • Enter the access code Panther
  • Complete your profile and create a password
  • For “Your Status,” select the current year, not your graduation year
  • Click “Continue” to begin your self-assessments
  • You must schedule an appointment with a career advisor to interpret your results

Campbell Interest and Skill Survey

The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) is an online self-assessment designed to measure both your interest and your perceived skill level within seven work themes. After completing the assessment, you will receive a summary report that compares your results to those of people who are successfully employed in fields that interest you.  Nearly 60 occupations are covered in your personalized report, which summarizes the fields that are a good fit for you based on your preferences within these work themes:

  • Influencing – leadership, politics, public speaking, sales, marketing
  • Organizing – organizing projects, managing others, monitoring financial performance
  • Helping – helping others through teaching, healing, counseling
  • Creating – artistic, literary, musical productions; designing products
  • Analyzing – analyzing data, using mathematics,carrying out scientific experiments
  • Producing – using “hands-on” skills; production, construction, mechanical
  • Adventuring – competing, risk-taking, athletics, police, military

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory is an online self-assessment that connects your interests with majors at High Point University as well as potential career fields. After completing the assessment, you will receive a summary report that compares your interests with the interests of people in specific career fields. The assessment lists your preferences among six occupational themes:

  • Realistic – working outside or with objects, machines, tools, plants, or animals; tend to have athletic ability
  • Investigative – observing, learning, analyzing, evaluating, and solving problems
  • Artistic – imagining, creating, innovating, tend to have intuitive abilities
  • Social – working with others to enlighten, help, and inform
  • Enterprising – influencing, persuading, leading, or managing
  • Conventional – working with data and details, tend to have clerical or numerical abilities

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths! Based on a 40-year study of human strengths, Gallup created a language of the 34 most common talents and developed the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment to help people discover and describe these talents. Identifying and developing your unique strengths will give your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile a stronger “voice.” You will be better prepared to talk about yourself in interviews and at networking events such as career fairs.

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