Resources for Increasing Self-Awareness
Individual Career Consulting
We can assist you with discovering how your interests, skills, values, and personality relate to career fields as well as deciding upon a major. As a Wittenberg student, you are eligible to use our free assessment resources, which include the Campbell Interest & Skill Survey, Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, Values Card Sort, and FOCUS. When you seek career consultation, you may be encouraged to take one or more of these assessments. Click here for more information about these assessments.
Our society has become accustomed to quick results, and the downside of career assessments is they can lead people to believe that career planning is a science with easily measured results (i.e., you only need to take the right tests and then you'll know what your ideal career path is). In reality, the planning process is more like an art form. It can be compared to constructing a collage: As you learn about yourself by piecing together key experiences, the image of what you should pursue will become clearer to you. Through consultation, you will learn about recommended experiences and be able to discuss how those activities impact you. Therefore, it's important for you to start the career consultation process early on - we recommend starting your freshmen year.
Before your first appointment, we ask that you take a few minutes to start or update your Power Portfolio. This tool is a starting point for translating how your interests, abilities, and values relate to career options.
These assessments are recommended because each can generally be completed in 15-20 minutes. Please be advised that you should regard all career tests as only "idea generators" - they cannot tell you what to do with your life. Because it can be difficult to integrate the results from these assessments, most students find it helpful to print their results and discuss them with one of the Career Center directors or their faculty advisor.
What Color Is Your Parachute (Richard Bolles): geared toward the job-hunter, but includes helpful skill assessments and advice on finding one's vocation.
Major in Success (Patrick Combs): a fun book with tips on maximizing the college years and discovering one's dream job.
Career Fitness Program (Sukiennik, Raufman, Bendat): collection of assessments and self-discovery exercises
Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for you Through the Secrets of Personality Type (Tieger, Barron-Tiger): describes the career fields that correspond with one's personality type (as measured by the MBTI or Jungian Personality Type Test).
The Power of Purpose (Richard Leider): a good self-discovery book for identifying one's vocation.