One of the services available to students at the University of Idaho is career exploration and development. Students seek career counseling for a variety of reasons, including:
- You have never thought much about careers before and have no idea how to go about choosing a major;
- You have been studying in a particular major and do not like it;
- You think your major is a good choice for you but would like to validate your selection;
- You enjoy your major but are not sure what work environment would best suit your skills and personality.
The Counseling & Testing Center has several different kinds of career assessment instruments you can take that provide useful information about you and your career decisions. You will need to make an appointment with a counselor, specifying that you want to explore career choices, and together you and the counselor will decide which group of career assessments would be most useful to you. Usually, the counselor will recommend three or four of the tests described below depending upon your particular career questions. There is a $10-$15 charge for each test you take. This charge covers the cost of the tests to our office and helps us purchase books for the career information library.
Campbell Interest and Skills Survey ($10.00)
The Campbell Interest and Skills Survey (CISS) is a survey of self-reported interests and skills. Its major purpose is to help individuals understand how their interests and skills fit into the world of work and compare to people working in a variety of professions. The CISS requires about 45 to 60 minutes to complete.
Strong Interest Inventory ($10.00)
The Strong Interest Inventory is a survey of your interests across a broad variety of topics and is similar to the CISS. Its major purpose is to help you understand your interests in relation to work and also compares your scores to those of professionals in different types of careers. While it focuses on professional level occupations, it also includes a number of occupations requiring less than a 4-year degree. The Strong requires about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
Skills Confidence Inventory ($5.00 but also have to take Strong Interest Inventory)
The Skills Confidence Inventory is an add on to the Strong Interest Inventory. It asks you to rate how confident you are of your skills in a variety of areas. It then provides a comparison of your skills confidence with your interests in 6 broad areas. You must complete the Strong Interest Inventory in order to take the Skills Confidence Inventory. It requires 5-10 minutes to complete.
Career Assessment Inventory ($10.00)
The Career Assessment Inventory is a self-report measure that asks what you like in the areas of school subjects, occupations and activities. Results indicate which work environments would be a good fit with your interests. Your interests are also compared with those of satisfied workers in a number of occupations. While some professional level careers are included, the emphasis is on occupations requiring less than a 4-year degree. Most people can take this test in 30 to 40 minutes.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ($15.00)
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality assessment based on Jungian psychology which attempts to provide information about how you perceive and make sense of the world around you. Your preferred ways of perceiving the world and drawing conclusions about it influence what interests and motivates you. They also have implications for how you learn best and for the kinds of work environments you might find compatible with your natural style of doing things. The MBTI requires about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
Please note that the career development services that you receive as a student are free to you except for the cost of the tests. If you were to work with a career development counselor or psychologist in private practice, the cost of the same or similar services would be between $300.00 and $1,000.00.