Whether you are choosing a major, a career field, or a graduate school, it all begins with who you are. Explore your options early during your time at UMBC so you can identify a path that uses your strengths: those skills and qualities that you do well and enjoy using.
Consider using the UMBC resources below to help you identify your strengths:
This online self-assessment tool provides you with personalized career exploration and planning services. Based on your interests, your personality, your talents and your values, FOCUS2 will provide a customized report listing careers that match these areas.
Take the FOCUS2 assessment, then, schedule a 60-minute FOCUS2 appointment with a career advisor to discuss your results.
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Get to know yourself with Traitify’s fun visual personality assessment. Simply click “Me” or “Not Me” on a series of images, and in a matter of minutes get recommendations on career paths based on your personality and preference data.
Our Career Specialists can also help you interpret your results, begin exploring your pattern of strengths and clarify your career path. Schedule a 60 minute appointment with a Career Specialist to talk further.
The most widely used personality inventory in the world, the MBTI will provide you with insight about yourself in four areas:
- How you energize and re-energize
- How you perceive and acquire information
- How you make decisions
- How you prefer your external environment.
Knowing your own preferences can help you understand your strengths and the type of work environment and activities you might enjoy. The career report of the MBTI provides occupational lists, showing the occupations most selected and least selected by your personality type. The MBTI takes about 45 minutes to complete online, followed by a 60-minute in-person interpretation with a Career Specialist.
This assessment is free for currently registered UMBC students. UMBC licenses the MBTI online assessment through a CPP platform called Elevate.
Important: please view this short video with includes instructions on taking the MBTI.
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Note: Before you decide to take the MBTI, we recommend that you first take the Focus 2 career assessments.
The Self-Directed Search
The Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising offers this computerized major exploration assessment.
Dependable Strengths Workshop
Dependable Strengths™ is a full-day workshop for students, alumni, and community members who are ready to delve into the process of identifying their strengths. The goal of the workshop is to help you get motivated, gain confidence, and clearly articulate your worth to potential employers during interviews and on your career documents.
Workshops are typically offered during the winter and summer breaks. See the Dependable Strengths Workshop page for registration information.
In the meantime, get started with our brief and helpful exercise on identifying your dependable strengths on the Career Planning and Strengths Assessment page.
Other Self Assessments (external)
Career Key ($$)
Career Key helps people make the best career, college major and self-employed choices.
Other Free Self-Assessment Tests
$$ – A fee will be charged for the assessment.
Discover Your Options
Exploring Careers and Majors