Cal State L.A. Career Development Center

Quick Assessment

The purpose of this quick
assessment is to help you decide what career center services will best
assist you.

The career planning process
can be thought of in three parts, and we offer services for each part.
It could be that you don't need all of the services though, an this will
help you decide.

Part 1 - Knowing Yourself

The first thing in career planning is to
really know who you are, in order to select an appropriate career. If
you love the outdoors and have no patience for detailed, abstract
analysis, a career as a certified public accountant is probably not for

There are a number of aspects of yourself
that are important for career planning. Read the following questions
that cover these areas, and think about how well you can answer them. If
you absolutely can answer all of them in detail for yourself, then you
can go on to the next step. If you have gaps are vagueness in your
answers, then you need to do some self-exploration as a first step to
career planning.

  1. What is your basic personality type? Are
    you introverted or extroverted? Do you prefer working with concrete
    or abstract things? Do you make decisions based on emotion or on
    logic? Do you use intuition or facts to understand the world? Are
    you motivated by external factors, such as recognition and praise,
    or internal factors such as pride? Do you prefer to choose what to
    do, or have structure?

  2. Can you list the things that are most
    important to you in life? Can you identify your most important
    values? What do you ultimately seek - prestige? Security? Love?
    Recognition? Money? Achievement?

  3. What are your life goals in terms of
    family? Friends? Work environment? Home? Education? Community

  4. What level of risk are you comfortable
    with? What level of ambiguity? What level of structure? What is your
    ability for focus and persistence?

  5. What are
    your greatest strengths and weaknesses? What are you most interested

  6. What
    strategy do you use to make decisions?

  7. Do you have a vision of where you want
    to be in your life ten years from now? Twenty?

Part 2 - Knowing About
the World of Work