most of the semester, you will examine various professions.
For this reason, I would like you to begin the semester
by first determining what occupations interest you.
To accomplish this, I would like you to complete two
specific tasks: 1) complete a personality/occupational
test; and 2) prepare an essay that summarizes the results
of the test and then assesses those results based on
your own career-related interests.
#1 - Completing the Personality/Interests Test
For specific directions on completing the test, see
the following address:
you do not
have a PAWS account, however, you can use the campus
program (Focus II),
which is housed in B-1 Coates Hall. Keep in mind, though,
that if you decide
to select this version, you will need to call Career
Services (578-1548) to schedule an appointment to use
#2 - The Report
Once you've completed the test, I would like you to
devise an essay that summarizes the results of the test
and then assesses those results.
The essay should be divided into three sections with
the following headings:
Introduction, Results of Test, Career-related Interests/Values,
and Conclusion. Please note that first level headings
such as these should be capitalized and boldfaced (i.e.
The introduction should briefly discuss the type of
test you took (in this case, the online program or the
program located on campus) and should include any other
pertinent introductory information (i.e. the date you
took the exam, problems you encountered while logging
on or attempting to schedule the test, etc.).
Here, you should discuss the results of the test. For
example, what four letter
personality code did the test yield? Specifically, what
does this code suggest?
What 3 or 4 career clusters did the test suggest would
be most suitable for your
personality? According to the test, what specific careers
(list 3 or 4) would be
suitable for you (or someone with your personality type)?
The second section of the body should examine your values,
priorities, and interests in relation to the results
of the test. What are your interests? Would you prefer
a free spirited, creative profession, or would you rather
a more disciplined, detail oriented career? Do you prefer
an environment with minimal or considerable supervision?
Do you write well? Are you genuinely interested in science?
Do you prefer working alone or with others? How important
are financial benefits and job security? Can you afford
(emotionally and financially) the training that this
profession will require (stress and financial burden
of grad school, medical school, law school, etc.)? Are
any of your past work experiences relevant to your chosen
profession? In short, how well do the realities of your
chosen profession meet your criteria for a career?
In this section, you should come to some conclusion
regarding the results of
the test. Were the results helpful? In your opinion,
were the results accurate or
inaccurate based on your personal career-related interests/values?
For example, is the suggested personality type correct
in your opinion? If not, what might a more accurate
type be? Are the suggested career clusters accurate?
In other words, do the suggested clusters contain professions
that genuinely interest you?