Career and Self Assessment

The Career Decision-Making Process

Selecting a career is not an isolated, one-time event. It is a work in progress. This is true whether you are a brand new graduate, a mid-life career changer, or someone approaching retirement. Good career decision-making is based on a five-step process, which can be learned and utilized over your lifetime. These steps include:

Step 1: Learning about Yourself (Self-Assessment)

Step 2: Exploring and Researching Careers

Step 3: Making Decisions

Step 4: Setting Goals

Step 5: Conducting an Effective Job Search

All of these steps are important, but perhaps the key to making good career decisions rests most firmly on step one: getting to know yourself. Understanding who you are, what you like and dislike, what motivates and challenges you, and what is frustrating to you, will lead you toward some occupations and away from others.

The MCC Career Counselors are experienced in helping students and alumni assess their skills, interests, work values, and personality preferences. Here are some of the ways to begin the self-assessment process.

  • Individual meetings with a career counselor
  • Completing the Harrington-O’Shea Interest Inventory, a pencil and paper assessment which helps you match your interests to a broad range of occupational listings and details information about educational requirements and job outlook.
  • Completing the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator which focuses on assessing your natural personality preferences—the way you interact with the world, take in and process information and make decisions and relating them to the world of work.
  • Participating in career related classroom presentations and attending special career panels composed of working professionals who share information about their specific career fields.

Self-Assessment Websites

The MCC Career Counselors are experienced in helping students and alumni assess their skills, interests, work values, and personality preferences. There are a variety of ways to begin the self-assessment process including individual meetings with a career counselor, co

There is a wealth of national and state career and job related web sites that can assist in career assessment. It is the recommendation of Career Services that if you utilize one of the career assessment websites, that you bring the results to a Career Counselor who can assist you in the interpretation of the information. Here are just a few you may find helpful in your career search.

This list is intended as a beginning point only, since some web sites are linked to other sites.

Massachusetts Career Information System

Site developed by the Massachusetts Division of Career Services (DCS) that is free for all Massachusetts residents. Includes self-assessment exercises and worksheets, in addition to, occupational information. To log on use "mcc" for your user name and password.

Quintessential Careers

Collection of self-assessments, both free and fee-based.

The Career Key

Free evaluation of skills and interests based on John Holland's Theory.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter

Free online personality questionnaire.

The Self-Directed Search

Taking the Holland Self-Directed Search will help you determine the careers that best match your interests and abilities. The fee is $9.95.

The Enneagram

The Enneagram has free and fee-based personality tests that describe nine distinct personality types.

The Human-metrics

Free personality test based on Carl Jung's theories.

New York State's career information website. Includes an interactive self-assessment exercise, and comprehensive career information.

University of Waterloo Career Development eManual

A site designed to walk you through all stages of the career development process; from self-assessment, to research, to decision-making.

Last Modified: 10/27/14