Career Counseling Research shows, students who have a career or program goal are more successful in college. LSC Counselors help students with this important decision. Students can work with a counselor to take a career assessment and to set up career exploration activities. Career counseling may involve the following activities: Career exploration Types of education and training needed for various careers Identifying resources for gathering career information Decision-making skills Discovering your values, interests, skills Researching the job market (salaries, employment outlook, working conditions) Changing majors or careers Assessments and Inventories LSC Counselors use a variety of career assessment tools to help you understand your work-related interests, values, skills, and personality factors. Two of the most commonly used instruments: The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is based on the idea that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work at tasks that they find interesting and when they work with people whose interests are similar to their own. The SII measures your interests in a wide range of occupations, occupational activities, hobbies, leisure activities and types of people. The SII costs 10.00 and takes about 40 minutes to complete. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is designed to help you understand your unique personality and the way you relate to others around you. The MBTI can help you determine your preferences for how you take in information and how you make decisions. The MBTI costs 10.00 and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It is best to meet with an LSC Counselor prior to taking the SII and/or MBTI to make sure they’ll meet your needs. Your results are confidential and will be released for each instrument. Career Planning Websites: O*Net Minnesota State CAREERwise Education Kiersey Temperament Sorter– Online Personality Quiz Minnesota Works Career One Stop Positively Minnesota – MN Department of Employment efoliomn Make Sound Career Decisions Making sound career decisions is based upon accurate, up-to-date, and sufficient information. The second part of this process is utilizing a decision making strategy that is thorough, well thought out, considers alternatives, and has anticipated some obstacles that may get in the way. Resources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics– fastest growing occupations, by level of education, through 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook – definitive source of occupational information in the United States Minnesota Job Outlook– Minnesota employment projections by industry and by occupation CareerForce– resources:career, job-seeking, and training Check out LSC’s Career Services website!