Navigating Your Future
Are you thinking about your future but not sure how to get started?
Assessing yourself and what you want in your next step beforeyou take it is a key part of good planning, whether you're launching a job or internship search, thinking of taking time off, or considering further study.
Skills are competencies developed through everything you do: jobs and internships, activities, courses, and pastimes. A Smith degree builds a variety of highly marketable skills, some specific to a major and others gained across the curriculum.
Interests are issues, activities, or fields of knowledge important to you. Connecting with people who share your interests is an important part of researching jobs, internships, and options for further study.
- Values are qualities you consider important about your work and life. Values differ widely from one individual to the next, and influence how you define success.
To identify your skills, interests, and values, complete our brief Self-Assessment Road Map and discuss your next steps with an advisor. You can also arrange to take SkillScan, a fun and interactive card sort exercise.
Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI)
Personality type determines how you behave, in everyday life, at school, at work. The Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) suggests work environments, careers, and academic fields which might be a good fit. It examines your personality preferences across four areas:
- What energizes you?
- How do you take in information?
- How do you make decisions?
- How do you organize yourself?
The MBTI is not a test and cannot tell you the "best" major or career path for you.
To discuss if taking the MBTI is appropriate for you, please set up a 30-minute appointment with an advisor by stopping by the Lazarus Center or calling x2582.
Self-Assessment: An Ongoing Process
As you gain new skills and experiences, always take time to
re-assess before planning your next step. Your decisions will be more focused, and as a result, you’ll have more confidence in them and yourself.
Need more? Make an appointment with a Lazarus Center Advisor: (413) 585-2582