Career assessments are inventories that are designed to help you better understand your unique self (e.g., interests, skills, values and personality). Career Services offers a variety of career assessments to assist in self-awareness and self-exploration. These resources are available to you free of charge as a Millersville University undergraduate or graduate student. The career assessments used in Career Services are FOCUS-2 and Do What You Are.
What is it? FOCUS-2 is a self-paced, career guidance tool that can assist you in choosing an academic major or career. The online assessments help you decide on career goals and action plans by increasing your awareness of your talents, interests, values, personality and potential for success in certain career fields.
How long does it take? The FOCUS-2 assessments will take about 60-90 minutes to complete. You do not have to complete it all at one time.
How do I register? You may self-register for FOCUS-2. Use the Access Code PETAL. Create your username and password and save it for future use. CLICK HERE to self-register for FOCUS-2.
What happens when I am finished? After completing FOCUS-2, you will receive a great deal of information about yourself and about potential majors and careers. Some of the information may seem a little confusing or overwhelming to figure out. The best way to understand your results is to meet with a career counselor, who will help you in interpret the information. During the meeting you will have a chance to discuss your results and develop an action plan to help you achieve your academic and career goals. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your results, by calling 872-3774 or visiting Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) in Lyle Hall, 3rd Floor.
Existing users: Can access their FOCUS-2 account to review and update their customized FOCUS-2 Career Portfolio by clicking HERE.
Based on your meeting with the career counselor, you may be also be asked to complete an assessment called Do What You Are.
What is it? There is a strong link between personality type and careers. "Do What You Are(DWYR)" is a personality assessment based on Jungian typology. It identifies several dimensions of personality and helps identify your natural preferences, gifts and talents. The information helps you increase your self-understanding, identify majors and careers, and understand your learning style.
How long does it take? "DWYR" takes about 60 minutes to complete. Different college student scenarios are described and you are asked to choose which scenario is most like you.
How do I register? A career counselor must give you access to register for the "DWYR" assessment.
What happens when I am finished? The DWYA assessment will connect you to careers matching your personality types and interests. Meeting with a career counselor will help you process all of the information that you received. A career counselor can also help you get started researching potential careers using the O*Net career database which is integrated into the program.
Are there any other assessment tools? You may also want to complete The O*Net Interest Profiler. This is another web-based assessment of your work-related interests that was created for the U.S. Department of Labor: Employment & Training Administration. The Interest Proflier helps you decide what kind of careers you might want to explore. You can use the results generated by the Profiler to explore the world of work via 800+ occupations within O*Net OnLine My Next Move.
Here are some resources that will help you understand the relationship between college major and occupations:
What Can I Do With This Major is a website that will help you explore and connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
MU Department of Academic and Student Development
The Department of Academic and Student Development provides an integrated and effective academic advising program as well as resources and tools for students, faculty and staff.
MU Major Videos
The Major Views Videos will help you learn more about the many academic options at Millersville University.
Learn about careers, find career information, and locate career resources and advice. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor: Employment and Training Administration, this site helps you identify jobs that are similar to your identified skills and abilities.
Inside Career Info
Created to help students and career-changers get a firsthand perspective on the jobs and careers that may be of interest to them. Learning from professionals with direct experience provides an additional dimension to researching occupations that is difficult to find elsewhere.
Detailed descriptions of the world of work, profiling 800+ occupations.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this resource profiles hundreds of occupations, describes what they do, the work environment, and where to get additional information. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010-2020 decade. (Occupational Outlook Handbook en Espanol)
Connect with working professionals in fields and industries that interest you to learn about job, internship and scholarship opportunities. Many professional associations post information for students on their websites and feature student membership rates. This website from The Campus Career Coach lists more than 500 professional association websites, organized alphabetically by profession.