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Self-Assessment = "Who Am I?


Self-assessment is learning more about yourself and is an essential firststep in the career search process. It is a thorough and complete selfanalysis resulting in an in-depth, self-understanding. It will lead you to discover careers most likely to be professionally and personally satisfying.

Why is this "self-assessment" so important?

Self-assessment and self-discovery helps us to set priorities, make informed decisions and successfully implement a career plan. Looking at the core of who you are is essential to finding your path and making sure your choices fit for you - that you have "career fitness".

Self-assessment can help you match your:

Personality (What interests you?) Interests (What do you like to do?) Values (What's important to you?) Skills (What do you do well?) Careers
HINT: Try several assessments and look for patterns in your results.

Self-esteem is the number one determinant of success in careers. Ones self-concept will be enhanced by the deeper self-understanding discovered during effective career development! So, let's learn your personal qualities and strengths and begin building your self-esteem and success!

How can B.H.C. assist you with self-assessment?

B.H.C. professional career counselors are trained to help you with the entire career search process, including self-assessment. We offer a wide variety of career assessment tools to understand how your skills, interests and values can be incorporated into a variety of careers and help guide you toward a "fitting" career. Make an appointment with a B.H.C. Career Counselor today! Have you completed the self-assessment stage of career development?

Personality, Careers, and Jungian Types

"For the most part, I do the thing which my nature drives me to do.
Albert Einstein

When selecting a career, studying our personality or individual qualities and character traits, can also result in greater Career Fitness. Personalitya complex set of tendencies, behaviors, attitudes, and characteristics that makes each of us unique.

Improve your "Career Fitness" by:

Learning more about yourself Developing a stronger self-concept Realizing that your personality, interests and dreams make sense

"Psychological Type" is a theory developed by Dr. Carl G. Jung (l875-1961) explaining individual differences in energy directions, in taking in information and in making decisions. Dr. Jung was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and a leader in the field of Gestalt personality theory. Jung coined the terms "introvert" and "extrovert" to understand a persons energy focus, "sensor" or "intuitive" for how we take in information, and "thinker" or "feeler" for how we act on information. Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs developed an additional type for how we manage our lives and organize time with the concept of "judgers" and "perceivers". All types are used at different times, yet each individual has functions they prefer to use most often. It is these preferences, once identified, which can lead the way to our identity and life goals. The functions of focusing on information (Sensing or Intuition) and acting on the information (Thinking or Feeling) are particularly useful in the learning process and in career decision making and future career satisfaction. Studying Jungs personality type preferences can be useful in self- understanding, understanding of others and in directing our energies to best meet our goals in life. Determine your personality type preferences and use this knowledge daily to make decisions, improve relationships and find your place in the world-of-work. The Black Hawk College Counseling Department utilizes the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality instrument based on Dr. Carl G. Jungs theory of human personality, to assist students in determining their own personality type preferences. It is the most widely used instrument for understanding oneself and others in practical, everyday contexts. This self-report personality inventory has been translated into more than two dozen languages. Students make the determination of their own "type preferences" through workshops or with the assistance of a professional Counselor. It is the individuals responsibility and right to determine their own type. All personality types are gifts. None is better than another. Once determined, they are useful in learning to appreciate oneself, in directing decision-making and in growing in the appreciation of others differences.

Are you a person who:

Freely expresses ideas and enjoys variety and action? (Extrovert) Prefers warnings and time to think before acting? (Introvert) Enjoys developing new approaches and focuses on the future? (Intuitive) Is practical-minded and careful with details? (Sensor) Enjoys pleasing others and strives for harmony? (Feeler)

Strives for objectivity and creating a logical order? (Thinker) Is time-conscious and enjoys completing tasks? (Judger) Wants to keep your options open and stay flexible? (Perceiver)

The MBTI measures how you like to focus your attention, take in information, make decisions, and interact with the world. The MBTI usually requires about one hour to complete under the direction of a Counselor. Over 3 million people per year are using the indicator for: Self-understanding and personal growth Greater understanding of other personalities Acceptance of differences with others Career development Curriculum selection Educational learning styles Understanding learning motivations or conflicts Team building Leadership development Problem solving skill development Conflict resolution Relationship building

How is knowledge of ones style or "type" useful?

Promotes respect for each individual. Studying the strengths or "gifts" of each type promotes self-esteem and respect for differences. It is a supportive, positive theory, which can teach a person how to best utilize natural talents and focuses on strengths. Assists in the understanding of oneself and others. Behavior is often predictable or understandable given a persons preferences for seeing a situation and making decisions. Facilitates better communication between people. Using the approaches most likely to be heard and understood by other types or "talking the language" of the other type makes communicating more comfortable and efficient. Builds genuine team skills, as members learn to appreciate and use the skills of co-workers or family members. Utilizes the contributions of each type to maximize the effectiveness of meetings.

To create environments where differences become fascinating, useful and valuable, as tasks are divided by team goals for each situation. Type strengths can be used to mentor others skills or complete tasks quickly. Type growth areas can be a focus when building long-term employee skills.

Determine your personality type and discover careers that fit for you.
For more information on personality or to determine your type: Attend a Career development workshop and complete the MyersBriggs Type Indicator Work with a B.H.C. Career Counselor to determine your personality type Enroll in Psychology l05: Career Exploration & Planning Visit the Career Services Center and ask for Jungs personality type resources Learn the beauty of "personality types" = Join "Your Personality and Your Career Type" workshop or call for individual appointments to complete the MBTI and discuss Jungs theory with a professional Counselor.

Interests, Careers, and Holland Types

One self-assessment useful in career searching is to determine one's interests - personal preferences for certain types of activities and environments. Determine which of six general areas of career interests, or "Holland Types", best describe you! Career theorist, Dr. John Holland, developed six career personality types useful in career searching. Determine your "Holland career type" with the Strong Interest Inventory (SII). The SII enables a person to compare their likes and dislikes with satisfied professionals in a variety of fields. It will take 45-60 minutes to complete under the direction of a Counselor. Find your "Holland Type" and find your future career!

For more information on Holland's career personality types or to determine your type:
Survey descriptions of Holland's Six Career Types Visit your Career Services Center and request the DISCOVER program

Attend a Career Development workshop and complete the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) Meet with a B.H.C. Career Counselor to complete the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) Enroll in Psychology 105: Career Exploration & Planning

Holland's 6 Career Interest Types Can Improve "Your Career Fitness"

WHICH HOLLAND TYPES FIT YOU? "Who are you?" Realistic Conventional Enterprising Investigative Artistic Social

Career researcher John Holland suggests career decisions are influenced by one or more (often 3) of 6 career personality types. These 6 directions explain preferences for job tasks, occupations, and job settings or environments. People are usually happier, and are more successful in jobs matching their preferred "types".

For the most part I do the thing which my nature drives me to do.
Albert Einstein Holland's theory organizes the 6 types at the points of a hexagon with those most clearly related adjacent to each other, and those most dissimilar located across from each other. Types next to one another on the hexagon have more in common with one another. For example, Realistic and Conventional types share common characteristics. Knowing your personal combination of Holland groups is your Holland Code, which can direct your research and lead you to satisfying career options.

Read the short descriptions of Hollands career types and interests below. Visit the Career Services Center to find services that can help determine your type.

Take the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) to determine your Holland Type. Link your personality with careers that fit your type in the Career Services Center. Enter your Holland results from the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) in the DISCOVER program. Attend a Career Development Workshop to determine your Holland type. Meet with a Career Counselor to determine your Holland type. Enroll in Psychology 105 to determine your Holland type.


HINT: Think about these questions as you read the "types". What interests me? Would I want to do this? Would I enjoy these activities and job tasks? Would I enjoy working with people who enjoy this? Are You A Realistic Type?

machines, tools, nature, animals, outdoors science/math using physical strength, skill, dexterity of the body practical, concrete over abstract problem solving action solutions over verbal and interpersonal solutions working with things and data over people Are You An Investigative Type?

working with things and ideas over people solving complex, abstract problems scientific, mathematical, and intellectual pursuits organizing, analyzing, interpreting data, ideas, theories researching and understanding the physical world

uncovering new facts with original, creative, theoretical questions data over people

Are You An Artistic Type?

using imagination and originality to develop new ideas creating, using intuition and self-expression valuing aesthetics and the beauty of word, shape, form variety and change in flexible environments designing a product working with ideas

Are You A Social Type?

concern for human welfare and community service solving problems with feelings and discussion using insight to understand others and express caring teaching, helping, curing to improve lives unstructured, flexible settings leading on social, ethical issues people interest over data or things

Are You An Enterprising Type?

persuading, directing, managing, supervising organizing business functions for efficiency leading, influencing, persuading others using verbal ability, motivating others competition and risk taking people and data interest over things and ideas

Are You A Conventional Type?

structure order over ambiguity setting up practical procedures, record keeping

applying rules to organizational tasks accuracy detail in tasks office settings and following others direction data interests

Values - Why Do We Work?

What is important to you? What will satisfy you most in your work? EVERYONE HAS VALUES !

VALUES: Our beliefs/principles about what is really important or worthwhile. WORK VALUES: The variety of satisfactions we obtain from work, or the characteristics of a job/workplace that are most important to an individual. 1. Ones principles, deep beliefs, standards, ideals, psychological needs and ethics impact values. They guide our actions and our life choices. A number of things, such as upbringing, family, home life, culture and education influence our values. Our values also evolve over time. 2. Values evolve and continue to develop just as an individual grows and develops. Most frequently people in their 20s indicate income as their major work value, yet most people in their 30s say that using their talents or having an impact on the world is their major value.

Examples of a few work values are:

Advancement: Having a job that offers promotional opportunity Making a difference: Knowing the world is better because of your work Fun: Enjoying your work and having a good time Creativity of new ideas: Developing new methods of doing things

Efficiency: Working in a place with organization

(Excerpted from ACTs DISCOVER program values module)

HINT: Determining your core work values can help you search for a career and ensure greater Career Fitness.

Skills - What Are You Good At Doing?

Improve your"Career Fitness"by:

Learning more about your skills and abilities Developing a stronger self-concept Realizing your numerous strengths

Skills are the specialized abilities to do things well or competently and the know-how to perform a given task effectively. They are the talents, key abilities, and practical knowledge a person possesses. Ones strong skills are true assets in a job. Skills are directly linked to how well a person does a job and also how fulfilled they are doing it. The use of certain skills can provide a great deal of personal satisfaction. Using our skills can make work more enjoyable. Skills are always developing throughout life. Practice and new training can increase and expand skills. Knowledge of your skills and the ability to communicate them effectively is essential to sound career planning and a successful job search. Skill categories include:

Transferable skills used in many different job settings (Ability to deliver speeches, write clearly or train others) Self-Management personal qualities necessary for successful job performance (Managing time, relating to authority, cooperating with others) The greatest loss of jobs is related to lack of these skills. Work-Content - learned, specialized skills necessary for a particular job (Giving medications, operating specific machinery, computer programming)

You Have More Skills than You Realize! Identify your skills:

Ask staff assistance in the Career Services Center with identifying your skills. Make an appointment to complete the abilities inventory of DISCOVER Use skill terminology when developing your resume.