Assess Yourself

Not sure of what kind of job or career you want?
Not sure what to do with your life?
Need some career direction?

Spend some time here and take one or more of our career assessments to give you a better idea of your interests, personality style, values and skills as they relate to possible career choices.

Interest Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory)

Strong Interest Inventory - FREE

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is the leading career planning tool for those seeking career direction. Easy to use and understand, the SII assesses your interests against six broad categories of work.  It can give you information such as “You are interested in business” or “You are interested in social service.”  If you only take one assessment, this should be it.  You can take it online in about 30 minutes and your results will be ready in two business days.

Interpretation required. See below for interpretation instructions.

You have a choice in how you get your results:

If you would like to have one-on-one time with a career counselor to discuss your career goals and your assessment results, make an “intake” appointment with a career counselor through the Career Services front desk (805) 893-4412. In that appointment, the counselor will help you decide the most appropriate assessment(s) for you, provide you with assessment instructions, and help you to schedule your interpretation.  

Don’t feel the need for one-on-one time with a counselor? You can opt to get your results in a group interpretation. Just come by the Career Resource Room and speak with a Career Peer. IMPORTANT:  Please view the established group test interpretation schedule below to ensure that you can attend an interpretation for the assessment(s) you take.  If you cannot, please follow the instructions above for meeting one-on-one with a career counselor.

Personality Assessment (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - FREE

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most popular assessments on the market.  It enables you to gain a better understanding of your personality and the variables to consider as you research your career options.  You can take it online in about 30 minutes, and your results will be ready in two business days. 

Interpretation required. See below for interpretation instructions.

You have a choice in how you get your results:

If you would like to have one-on-one time with a career counselor to discuss your career goals and your assessment results, make an “intake” appointment with a career counselor through the Career Services front desk (805) 893-4412.  In that appointment, the counselor will help you decide the most appropriate assessment(s) for you, provide you with assessment instructions, and help you to schedule your interpretation.  

Don’t feel the need for one-on-one time with a counselor?  You can opt to get your results in a group interpretation.  Just come by the Career Resource Room and speak with a Career Peer.   IMPORTANT:  Please view the established group test interpretation schedule below to ensure that you can attend an interpretation for the assessment(s) you take.  If you cannot, please follow the instructions above for meeting one-on-one with a career counselor.

StrengthsQuest

StrengthsQuest- FREE

Career Services is excited to offer StrengthQuest™ to help Gauchos develop their strengths using Gallup’s online assessment tool with roots in positive psychology that helps identify five of your natural talents. Finding a career that is a good fit for your talents is a key element of the career exploration process. StrengthQuest™ relates to positive psychology and theories of student development to help you gain insight to areas of potential and reflect on the things you naturally do best.

StrengthsFinder will help you better understand your range of talents and develop your Top 5 strengths to help you get ahead in your career goals and to help you find meaning and success using your strengths in leadership, life, academics, and the workplace. According to Gallup, Inc. Copyright © 2010, research has found that employees who have the opportunity to use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their work and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life than employees who don't get to focus on what they do best.

GET STARTED: REQUEST A STRENGTHSQUEST CODE AT THE CRR

  1. Come to Career Resource Room, Building 599 and meet with a peer to sign up for the assessment
  2. Within 1-2 business days you will receive an email from Career Services with instructions to register for the assessment with your unique access code.
  3. Please allow at least 30 minutes to take the assessment online.
  4. After you complete the assessment, you will receive your Top 5 Signature Themes of Talent on your screen as a starting point for self-discovery. Please click the download button below SIGNATURE THEME REPORT. We also encourage you to select the APPLY tab to review the action items.

RESOURCES & NEXT STEPS AFTER TAKING STRENGTHSQUEST

StrengthQuest™ is a self-directed assessment and does not require an interpretation.

To get the most out of your assessment results, consider the following resources:

  • Read through StrengthQuest™ Chapter 10 in the online book for suggestions about finding a career that complements your strengths. You will need to sign in to view the chapter and book.
  • Consider taking other career assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Assessments and career counseling can provide clarity and confidence about your major and career path.
  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss how to incorporate your strengths into career plans and job search strategies such as interviewing.

FOCUS 2 - Assessment for Choosing a Major at UCSB

FOCUS 2 - FREE with access code
Career Services has partnered with Career Dimensions, an industry leader, to bring you FOCUS 2, an online, self-guided, interactive program designed to help you narrow down a college major at UCSB and plan your future career. FOCUS 2 offers free assessments to help you better understand your personal interests, values, skills, and personality and how they can guide you toward satisfying work.

FIRST TIME USERS will need to create a new user account with their umail email address and access code gaucho. Ask a peer advisor for a quick overview on how to get started using this excellent resource.

Additional Assessments

O*Net Interest Profiler - FREE 
The O*NET Interest Profiler, part of My Next Move, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

California Career Café - FREE 
The Career Café has career information including career assessments to identify your unique strengths, talents, and styles. Browse through the many videos covering resume preparation, networking skills, interview techniques, success tips, etc.

California CareerZone - FREE
Using John Holland’s model, develop a career plan based on your personality, interests, skills and values.

The Career Interests Game- FREE
From the University of Missouri's Career Center, identify which Holland code most relates to you and then research different career possibilities to pursue.

Spring 2017 Group Test Interpretation Schedule

Please check-in at the Career Services Front Desk.
Test interpretations typically last one hour. Please plan accordingly.

Strong Interest Inventory

Wed, April 5:      1:00
Thu, April 13:    11:00
Wed, April 19:    1:00
Thu, April 27:    11:00
Wed, May 3:        1:00
Thu, May 11:      11:00
Wed, May 17:      1:00
Thu, May 25:      11:00
Wed, May 31:      1:00
 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Thu, April 6:       11:00
Wed, April 12:      1:00
Thu, April 20:     11:00
Wed, April 26:      1:00
Thu, May 4:         11:00
Wed, May 10:        1:00
Thu, May 18:       11:00
Wed, May 24:        1:00
Thu, June 1:        11:00