Self Assessment

Download the Self Assessment Action Plan

The number one reason students enter graduate school is to make a career change.   Most students plan to have a different job after graduation than the one they had before they started graduate school.  Students hope to leverage their educational experience into a different job, and perhaps a different career.  But what if you are not sure what the right job for you is? Or if you do know, will you be an attractive candidate for that job?   The first step in your career journey is to conduct a self assessment to determine the type of job that is the right fit for you, and also what you can offer employers. The job market is competitive, and you need to be able to articulate your accomplishments, and the results you achieved.

Career Vision

These are the factors that make up a career vision.  Remember your career vision must be authentic to you.

  • Values – Does your employer need to be mission driven, a green company etc…
  • Interests – What are your long-term interests? What industry and/or function are you drawn to?
  • Skills – What skills do you bring to the table? What skills do you need to build?
  • Cultural Fit – What type of work environment do you need the thrive?  Large corporation or a small nonprofit?
  • Location – Big city vs small city, different country, east coast or west coast or midwest?
  • Work/Life Balance – How much time do you want to devote to your career vs. your personal life?

Career Leader

A self-assessment instrument developed at Harvard Business School that compares your interests, values, and skills with profiles of successful professionals in a variety of business career options.

Additional Login and Password Info

• To register, email sbcareer@gwu.edu with GWid for username and password. • Access requests will be granted within 2-3 business days. 
• After the administrator creates your account, you will receive an email the with the registration key. 
• Sign in with your email and create a new password.

Strengths Finder 2.0

To take this assessment, purchase the book, which is available at most book stores. With the book is an online code, so that you may take the assessment online.  After you complete the assessment, you will receive a ranking of your top personal strengths.

Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Myers Briggs type indicator consists of a questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The end result of the MBTI will show dichotomies of the four factors: Extraversion vs Introversion; Sensing vs Intuition; Thinking vs Feeling; and Judging vs Perception.  This can then be applied to finding a career that matches your personal profile.  This assessment tool is usually administered by a certified professional, who also helps you interpret the results. https://www.mbticomplete.com/en/index.aspx