When choosing a major or career, it is important that you have a solid understanding of YOU! Personal exploration of self allows you to identify and reflect on your personality, interest, skills, abilities, and values.
Some resources to help you in your personal exploration include:
- Personality: Complete the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This personality type assessment can be taken with a Career Development Specialist or explored informally online.
- Interests: Complete the Strong Interest Inventory. This assessment is based on Holland's codes, a theory that categorizes the world in 6 different interest groups. You can take the Strong Interest Inventory with a Career Development Specialist or informally research the Holland codes online.
- Abilities: Reflect on moments from high school and earlier where you felt most confident and happiest. Write them down. What themes do you see?
- Values: Complete the values activity found on George Mason University Career Service's website.
Lastly, you are your best resource when reflecting on self! Complete the Like/Dislike v. Skilled/Unsklilled diagram to help you identify activities, interests, topics, and experiences that play to your strengths. Your skills may be described in a variety of ways:
- Concrete abilities: like playing sports, using technology, designing a process, or creating art
- Interpersonal tasks: like listening to friends, teaching others, selling, persuading, or developing an argument
- Topical interests: like understanding the environment, politics, or people
- No skill or like/dislike is "right" or "wrong" - your personal interests will determine what is right for you