The Office of Career & Professional Development has a number of tools available to help you in your self-assessment journey. Below are a list of the tools currently available to UST students and alumni.
If you are interested in taking any of these assessments, email CPD to start the process.
One of the first steps to finding a good career fit is gaining insight into yourself—your preferences, your strengths, and the settings in which you thrive. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a self-report tool designed to enhance your awareness of specific aspects of your personality, as well as explore your preferred interactional style, work tasks and environments. Based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological type, the four personality scales examined by the MBTI are: Extroversion- Introversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling and Judging-Perception. Where you fall on these scales can help you better understand your unique combination of preferences and reflect on such questions as: From where do I derive energy? How do I like to take in information? How do I like to make decisions? What kind of structure do I like in my tasks and surroundings? This information can help you investigate more thoroughly the types of careers and work settings best suited to your natural preferences.
Another essential piece of the career decision-making process is answering the question: What interests me and where might I find this in the real world? The Strong Interest Inventory assesses your major areas of interest in career and leisure activities based on six main occupational themes developed by psychologist John Holland. These six themes, often referred to as the RIASEC themes, are:
Realistic (the “doers”)—preferred tasks include work with hands using tools and machines, or working with animals
Investigative (the “thinkers”)—preferred tasks include analyzing, researching, and problem-solving
Artistic (the “creators”)—preferred tasks include creating and expressing new ideas in an unstructured setting
Social (the “helpers”)—preferred tasks include helping, serving, or teaching others
Enterprising (the “persuaders”)—preferred tasks include influencing or persuading others, being in leadership roles
Conventional (the “organizers”)—preferred tasks include practical activities often involving data or numbers
Exploring your level of interest in activities within each of these themes can provide insight into what work you might find satisfying and what classes and experiences you may want to pursue alongside your legal education. The Strong Interest Inventory is best suited for students exploring careers outside of the practice of law or alumni looking to make a career change. If you would like to learn more about your interest areas, but do not wish to take the Strong Interest Inventory assessment, please contact the CPD Office to schedule an appointment to talk with a career professional.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking any of the assessments listed here.