Career Services

Career Counseling and Assessment

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You can make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss your major and career options. We can help you understand your interests, abilities, and values that may lead to an informed choice of major and an ideal career.  A Career Counselor can help you determine the next steps that are best for you.  Call 828.339.4352 and ask to schedule an appointment with Michael Despeaux or Jodie Waldroup.

Career Assessment
The process of choosing a major or career often begins with assessment. Consider taking Career Coach and one of the other assessments we offer to learn more about your interests, personality, skills/abilities, and values. Then, meet with a career counselor to discuss your results and the majors and careers you may want to research.

Self-assessments may be used during counseling.  Assessments offer an opportunity to identify possible strong career options, but they cannot make better decisions for you than you can through counseling and research.

Keep in mind that no single assessment can tell you "what you should be" and that successful career planning may require more than one appointment.

Assessment Instruments
Career Coach – Take the longer (60 question) version assessment in our Career Coach program to gain knowledge of your interests that aligns with many of the most reputable instruments.  Also, your Career Coach results will link to majors at SCC and related careers and jobs that are similar to your interests, complete with salary information, outlook, and descriptions.  You can even search and apply for real jobs in this area and beyond!

Personality Mosaic – This paper-and-pencil assessment will yield accurate interest results that are based on the same theory as the Career Coach and the Strong Interest Inventory.  If you cannot take the Career Coach assessment online, then print and complete the Personality Mosaic or pick one up at Career Services, and take your results to a career counselor for discussion.

Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory - While not a career assessment that should be used independently to inform choices, the MBTI is the most widely used personality inventory in the world. This personality instrument is based on psychological type preferences. It provides information about your personality style and the way that you interact with the world. It may used to help you understand the relationship between personality, communication, and some workplace settings.  Contact Career Services to take the MBTI, or take a similar inventory called the Jung Typology Test which yields instant, free results, and make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss them.

Other Self-Assessment Options
If you prefer to complete other self-assessments on your own, the options below are reputable and reliable assessments.  Before completing any of the self-assessment inventories, please be aware that there may be a cost associated with some of the instruments. Please check before beginning an assessment, and you can still bring your results to Career Services for interpretation and career counseling.