The two assessments we use at Baylor in career counseling are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and the Strong Interest Inventory®. The MBTI® looks at your personality preferences and how you prefer to respond to life. The Strong Interest Inventory® measures your interests and compares your interests with people of your same gender in a variety of career fields, so you can see with which areas you share more similar interests. Through the assessment interpretation process, you and your counselor will develop a list of majors and careers that interest you. Once you have reviewed both assessments, your career counselor will show you websites to use as research tools to further explore your major and career options. You will use these tools between your second and third session to narrow your list, so that when you return for your third appointment, you will have five or fewer careers or majors that you want to focus on. In the next post, we will discuss what happens in that third appointment.
At the end of the first session, your career counselor will give you some instructions on how to take the online assessments you will review in your second session. The assessments should take no more than 20-30 minutes each and are to be completed at least two days before your second career counseling appointment. Once you have completed the assessments, you don’t have to do a thing before arriving to your appointment, because your career counselor will have all the results ready to review when you arrive at his or her office.