Explanation of Assessments
Vocational Assessments: “What are you all about?”
Remember: Career Planning is a process, not a single
The Career Services Office offers a variety of assessment instruments to
assist you in your search for a future career and lifestyle. We recommend the
taking of two assessments - the Campbell Interest Skill Survey (CISS) and the
Myers/Briggs Type Indicator.
What are Career Assessments?
There are many types of career assessments out on the market. No one
assessment will tell you what job you will be best at nor what job you will like
the best. These assessments will be very different from most of the earlier
assessments you took in high school. Also, you are very different in maturity
towards making large decisions in your life.
Assessments may provide some insights into such areas as: what your
personality is like, what you like and dislike, what motivates you, how you make
decisions, what type of people and environments you enjoy, and what might be
your strongest skills.
In making the best possible decision on a major and /or a career, you need
to spend time assessing yourself in the areas of:
Personality: You need to develop an understanding of your
personality type and how your type will best fit into a specific job. Assessing
your personality will provide you information on what motivates you, how you
relate and work with others, and what skills you may want to use in the
Decision Making: You need to learn how you make decisions
and perhaps better ways to make decisions in the future. To make effective
decisions you need to increase your understanding of who you are and how this
matches with specific job requirements and working conditions.
Developmental Needs: You need to learn ways to improve
your personal and professional effectiveness.
What Assessments are Available to You?
Within the Career Services Office we have three major assessments
available. Based on where you are with your search you may benefit from taking
one or all of these assessments. Each assessment will help you brainstorm about
hundreds of different career options.
Campbell Interest and Skill Survey - Cost: $10.00
The Campbell Survey provides occupational information based on both your
self-assessed skills and interests. You will receive a computer generated report
providing extensive information on the relationship between your skills and
interests, and how your results relate to specific occupations. The survey will
provide guidance on whether you should further develop specific skills and / or
interests, and whether you should pursue, avoid, develop, or explore specific
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - Cost: $2.00
This personality assessment provides information on how you interact with
the world, how you collect and use information, how you make decisions, and how
you organize the world around you. This information is very valuable when you
compare how you will fit within an organization and how you may perform within a
Procedures in Taking the Assessments
If you decide to take the assessments, you may either call 346-3226 or stop
into the Career Services Office to set up a time to take the CISS. The MBTI can
be taken with you to be completed and returned to the office to be scored. The
CISS will take about 45 minutes to be completed on a computer in our office.
Once you know when you are going to take the assessments, you can schedule an
appointment with a counselor to have your results interpreted. Interpretation
is required to make sure the results are correctly understood. If you have
questions, the office staff will be able to clarify the assessments and the
Once you have completed the assessments and had them interpreted for you
there are many resources where you can research more information on both the
results and/or about possible occupations and related majors. Although we
recommend these two assessments, we also encourage you to take other assessments
to increase the number of occupations you may review before making your next
step in deciding your major or career direction. Some of these assessments can
be found by using WISCareers and links found on our assessment page. Again, ask
if you have questions.