Self-Assessment

Figure Out What You Want to Do with Your Life

What motivates you? How do you define success? Career satisfaction stems from a clearer understanding of what you want. This understanding can take time to develop, and what you want might be a moving target. It's important to start your career with some self-awareness and to make time throughout your life to reassess what you want and what makes you happy.

Career self-assessment involves the following four components:

  • Personality: What motivates you and makes you happy
  • Interests: What you love
  • Values: What's important to you
  • Skills: What you're good at

Taking time to reflect on these things will help you to build stronger resumes, write more compelling cover letters, and interview with focus and confidence.

How to Self-Assess

Self-assessment is about more than discovering your motivations, needs, interests, values and skills. It's also about prioritizing them. We've got tools to help you and experienced staff to walk you through the process.

MyPlan

Identify your interests, personality preferences, values and skills -- and then match your results to potential career options with this online career planning system. To access Myplan, follow the instructions to login to our MIT-Only resources.

Guided Self-Assessments

We offer hands-on assessments in our office, and can connect you additional tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strong Interest Inventory, StrengthsQuest, and CareerLeader. Some of these tools have a small cost associated with them. To determine which self-assessment tool best meets your needs, make an appointment with a career counselor.

Next Steps

As you get a clearer idea about what you're good at and what motivates, interests, and matters to you, you'll want to research career options that align with what you've learned about yourself.