The job search process begins with an identification of your values, interests, skills and personality type. How can you find a position if you don’t know what you are looking for and why? Self-assessment provides you with the insight and information necessary to help you create a career plan that is customized specifically for you.
The Office of Career & Internship Services offers several assessments and personalized feedback designed to give you the clarity and focus you need to determine you career goals and objectives.
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 create a profile on Focus 2, click on the link above and follow these instructions:
- 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
Your career advisor can determine if the CISS is an appropriate assessment for you. If so, you will be assigned a user name and password and provided a link to the assessment. You must schedule an appointment with a career advisor to interpret your results.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an assessment that identifies how you prefer to interact with others, take in information, make decisions, and lead your life. The MBTI looks at four categories of personality preferences and 16 possible combinations or “types.” Having insight into your MBTI type will make it easier to choose an academic major, explore internships, and search for your first job.
Your career advisor can determine if the MBTI is an appropriate assessment for you. If so, you will be provided instructions for taking the MBTI online. You must schedule an appointment with a career advisor to interpret your results.