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Career Assessments

Do you want information about an occupation? Are you unsure about what to do with your future? Please visit the Career Resource Center where you may explore and learn about careers by using Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS), and other career materials.

Many career assessments are also available to help you and your counselor with your career planning and personal development.

Meet with a counselor to develop your plans. To make an appointment, please call the Counseling Center at (810) 762-0111, located in the Prahl College Center (PCC), Room 2030.

See the following list of career assessments available to you:

Career Factors Inventory (CFI) - (Limited Quantity)

The Career Factors Inventory (CFI) is designed to help people identify their own barriers in the career planning and decision-making processes. The CFI Self-Scorable booklet contains a 21-item measurement of the informational and emotional factors that can lead to career indecision. Based on the belief that most individuals can quickly identify the source of any obstacles in their career decision-making process, the CFI assesses four factors that can be grouped into two categories, information needs and decision needs.

To take the Career Factors Inventory assessment:

  • Obtain a referral form from your counselor, PCC2030, indicating the Career Factors Inventory.
  • Bring the referral form to the CRC, PCC2050.
  • Complete the Career Factors Inventory booklet.
  • Return the completed CFI to the CRC staff; it will be forwarded to your counselor.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your counselor to discuss the results.

The CFI assessment takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

FOCUS 2

FOCUS 2 is an online, interactive, self-guided career, major and education planning system that combines self-assessment, career/major exploration, decision making and action planning in one comprehensive product. Students’ assessment results are matched to career options and majors/programs.

Research has shown that students who get involved in career planning activities show increased retention, graduate on time, have improved academic performance, tend to be more goal focused and motivated, and have a more satisfying and fulfilling college experience. FOCUS 2 will help students take responsibility for their education and career planning, engage in activities that support their career development, and take action.

FOCUS 2 contains the most comprehensive occupational and educational information database available. Additionally, FOCUS 2 has been fully certified in meeting the highest level of standards established by the Association for Computer-Based Systems for Career Information (ACSCI). The FOCUS 2 system conforms to the standard and criteria established by the National Career Development Association and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Main features include:

  • Career Readiness. Students assess their involvement in activities that support career and education decision making. Students can identify their academic strengths and personal development needs.
  • Self-Assessment. Five valid and reliable self-assessments:
    Work Interests Assessment
    Personality Assessment
    Skills Assessment
    Values Assessment
    Leisure Interests Assessment
  • Explore Occupations. Students can explore occupations by name or industry, identify majors at their college that match their interests, and learn about associated occupations.
  • Create a Plan to Achieve Objectives. Students can map out educational plans and steps they will take to achieve career goals.
  • Career Portfolio. A summary of student’s assessment results with their preferred occupations and majors.

To use FOCUS 2 for assessment purposes:

  • Obtain a referral from your counselor, PCC2030, indicating FOCUS 2.
  • Bring the referral form to the CRC and schedule a FOCUS 2 appointment.
  • Allow 1 ½ - 2 hours for your initial visit. Additional time may be required.
  • Obtain an access code for the FOCUS 2 from CRC Staff.
  • Access Focus 2
  • Complete the FOCUS 2 Registration Form.
  • Complete all Main Menu items.
  • Review your portfolio.
  • Print your portfolio.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your counselor to discuss the results.
  • Bring your portfolio with you when you meet with your counselor.

Allow 1 ½ - 2 hours to complete your initial FOCUS 2 assessment, additional time may be required and can be scheduled accordingly.

To use FOCUS 2 for informational purposes:

  • Visit the CRC, PCC 2050 on a walk-in basis or schedule and appointment to ensure availability.
  • The CRC staff will be able to assist you with exploring occupational information.

iStartStrong

Empower student to identify and pursue a career path that aligns with their interests and personality. The iStart Strong™ Report is based on results from the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment. It presents results as General Themes (based on GOTs) and Specific Interests (based on BISs) using engaging four-color graphics and provides hyperlinks to related O*NET occupations. The personalized report paints a clear picture of how one’s interests and themes link to various jobs, work settings, and career fields. It is designed to help students expand their career options and chart a plan of action toward finding a fulfilling career.

To take the iStart Strong assessment you must:

  • Obtain a referral form from your counselor, PCC2030, indicating the iStart Strong.
  • Bring the referral form to the CRC, PCC2050.
  • Complete the iStart Strong online.
  • Print your results from online.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your counselor to discuss the results.

The iStart Strong assessment takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)

The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) is designed to provide students with a diagnosis of their strengths and weaknesses, compared to other college students, and provides information about areas where students may be need to improve their knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations and beliefs. The LASSI Self-Scorable booklet contains a 10-scale, 80-item assessment of students’ awareness about and use of learning and study strategies related to skill, will and self-regulation components of strategic learning.

To take the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory assessment you must:

  • Obtain a referral form from your counselor, PCC2030, indicating the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory.
  • Bring the referral form to the CRC, PCC2050.
  • Complete the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory booklet.
  • Return the completed LASSI to the CRC staff; it will be forwarded to your counselor’s mailbox.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your counselor to discuss the results.

The LASSI assessment takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI is one of the most widely used measures of personality preference. It can be used to help in choosing school majors, occupations and leisure interests. Also, it can assist you in recognizing compatible work settings and related career opportunities based on type preferences.

To take the Myers-Briggs assessment:

  • Obtain a referral form from your counselor, PCC2030, indicating the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
  • Bring the referral form to the CRC, PCC2050.
  • Complete the MBTI booklet.
  • Return the completed MBTI booklet to the CRC staff.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your counselor to discuss the results.

TheMBTIassessment takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Strong Interest Inventory (SII) - (Limited Quantity)

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) compares an individual’s interests with the interests of people happily employed in a wide variety of occupations. It is a measure of interests, >not ofaptitude or intelligence, and it is used as an aid in making academic and career decisions. The SII is computer scored by a processing center and provides an interpretive report.


To take the Strong Interest Inventory Assessment you must:

  • Obtain a referral form from your counselor, PCC2030, indicating the Strong Interest Inventory.
  • Bring the referral form to the CRC, PCC2050.
  • Complete the SII booklet.
  • Return the completed SII booklet to the CRC staff.
  • Allow approximately two weeks for the assessment to be scored and returned to your counselor.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your counselor to discuss the results.

The SII takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Strong Interest Inventory/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Combined Reports (SII & MBTI)

This report offers information about career choice and career search issues using a combination of Strong Interest Inventory and MBTI results. The report identifies suggested occupations with emphasis on those suggested by both instruments.

To take the Strong Interest Inventory/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Combined Assessment you must:

  • Obtain a referral form from your  counselor, PCC2030, indicating the Strong Interest Inventory/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
  • Bring the referral form to the CRC, PCC2050.
  • Complete both the Strong Interest Inventory/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (SII/MBTI) booklet and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator booklet. Do not complete the back page of the SII/MBTI booklet.
  • Return the completed SII and MBTI booklets to the CRC staff.
  • Allow approximately two weeks for the assessment to be scored and returned to your counselor.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your counselor to discuss the results.

The Strong Interest Inventory/MBTIcombined booklet takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete and the MBTI booklet takes an additional 30-45 minutes to complete.

June 29, 2015