Self-assessment is an important step for anyone considering their next pursuits, whether that be an internship or full-time job.
Assessing your skills, interests, values, and abilities may take many forms. The ECO will go so far as to say that an honest and thorough assessment of one's skills, knowledge, values, and personal atrributes can be life-altering. Below, the ECO has provided a self-assessment to get you started in your job search. A companion piece, the Personal Strategic Career Plan, will help you put it all together as the foundation for your internship/job search strategy. For widely used and industry-standard self assessments the ECO recommends Career Leader, the Strong Interest Inventory and the MBTI.
Below is a list of ECO-Recommended Assessment tools.
Career Leader and Focus2
Career Leader - New in Fall 2018 for students interested in business careers. If you would like to take this assessment, please click here to inform the ECO. The ECO is pleased to offer our majors interested in business Career Leader free of charge on a limited basis. This means that the ECO will cover the cost of your assessment while our funding is available.
Log onto www.careerleader.com and click the sign in button.
On the next screen, under NEW USERS please enter the following information:
Enter your Email: example firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Key: virginiaecon-successful
You will be prompted to register, complete a profile and then you will enter the site. From the main dashboard screen click the TAKE THE TEST links to begin each of the three assessments. Upon completion of all three you will be able to view your results by clicking on the individual links. Your full report is available by clicking the Toolbox icon in the center of the main dashboard screen. Please make an appointment with the ECO to discuss your results.
Focus 2 - Highly Recommended on-line assessment. Interpret results with a career advisor!