Learn About Yourself
There’s no one on this planet like you. You’re a genuine article. A one and only.
Let us show you how to make a career out of it. By exploring your values, interests, skills, and personality, we’ll be able to best determine what career path is right for you. We consider this a crucial step in the career exploration process.
Learn more about the four dimensions of self below.
Your happiness depends on how well you satisfy your values. Values are beliefs and attitudes, and they’re a complex part of who you are. Our career advisors will help you differentiate your peripheral values and core values, which are some key influencers in determining which career field is right for you.
While values guide your judgment of right and wrong, interests determine whether you’re bored or engaged by your surroundings. We use John Holland’s RIASEC theory to guide our approach to identifying your interests.
When you visit the CDC, you’ll be able to take The Strong Interest Inventory®, which incorporates Holland’s theory into an overall assessment of your interests.
There are two types of career skills: transferable skills—also known as soft skills—and specialized skills. You’ll develop your specialized knowledge through the course of your academic career. At the CDC, we’ll help you define and nurture your soft skills. Knowing how to market your skills will open up your options when you're searching for internships, part-, or full-time work. Your career advisors can tell you which soft skills are most marketable for your specific career interest, and how getting experience can help you strengthen them.
Personality preferences determine how we respond to the outside world, take in information, make decisions, and structure our environments. At the CDC, your career advisor might recommend taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) assessment. This personality assessment comes from Carl Jung’s theory on personality, which says we all have inborn behavioral preferences. The assessment distills those preferences into 16 personality types. Your advisor can help you interpret the results to explore a career path that best fits your personality.