The Counseling Center provides career assessment instruments that allow you to explore your individual interests (through the Strong Interest Inventory) and personality characteristics (through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator). Although there is no single test to help you determine the best career for you, the answers you provide on career assessments match you with jobs or job families that others with similar characteristics to yours have found satisfying.
In a 50-minute session with a career counselor, you may complete assessments, which are available for a nominal fee, in addition to discussing concerns with your counselor. These sessions will focus on decision-making, self-confidence, values conflicts, fears, and strategies for moving forward. Career counseling can help you determine your academic major or explore an area of increased interest while helping you to plan your career. A career counselor listens to your concerns, responds to your ideas, gives you feedback, teaches you how to make career decisions, and helps you formulate academic and career goals.
The Career Development Center also offers career and major exploring options including different career assessments. One of the benefits of using their resources is easily connecting with majors and minors of the NC State University.
Developing Your Career Path
Once you have a direction of your career path (what kind of career you want to aim for), you continue developing your career path, such as gaining experience, exploring jobs, writing a resume, preparing for job interviews. The Career Development Center can help students with resources, programs, and services at every stage of developing your career path. Please explore and utilize the resources the Career Development Center offers.
Other Online Resources
- Career Key – The Career Key is a free online career test designed to match your interests and personality to careers that will suit you.
- O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work, including skills and abilities needed, work activities, interest profile, work values profile, necessary training, where to get necessary training, wages and employment trends in the US and a local state, and job openings in a local area. This website is used by individual job seekers, HR professionals, researchers, and more.
- United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
For a wide variety of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education you need, how much money you can expect to make, the opportunities for advancement you can expect, and what the work environment is like.