There are many measurements available to assess personality types. The one we will use for these exercises was developed specifically to assist people in determining career interests. Complete the two self-assessments. 3 and 4
Self-Assessment 3: Interests and Personality Type
Purpose: To identify personal interests.
1. Circle any activities in this table that interest you.
1 2 3 4 5 6
A Fix mechanical things Work on a scientific project Sketch, draw or paint Work as a volunteer for a charity Operate my own business Operate office machines
B Take a Woodworking class Study the stars through a telescope Play in a band or orchestra Help others with their personal problems Serve as an officer of a group Computer business figures
C Take an Auto Mechanics class Solve a mathematical problem Create photographs Work as a speech therapist Supervise the work of others Take an Accounting class
D Work outdoors Investigate a crime scene Take an Art class Work as a nurse Lead a group to accomplish a goal Take a Commercial Math class
E Operate motorized machines or equipment Read scientific books or magazines Act in a play Teach children Read business magazines or articles Work in an office
F Build things Do a lot of thinking Design fashions Teach or train others Meet important people Write a business letter
G Work alone Use a microscope Design interiors Lead a group discussion Give a talk or speech Use a computer
H Tend/Train animals Do complicated calculations Read fiction, plays or poetry Play a team sport Sell things Keep accurate records
I Pitch a tent Understand physics laws and theories Attend concerts, the theater, or an art exhibit Help others resolve a dispute Promote or spread an idea Be responsible for details
J Solve mechanical puzzles Interpret formulas Work on crafts Participate in a meeting Win a leadership or sales award Type or use word processing software
K Plant a garden Learn about a new subject area Work according to your own rules Are good with words and talking to people Take on a lot of responsibility Work with numbers
L Read a blueprint Use computers Use your imagination to do something original Work with young people Participate in a political campaign Be very well organized
M Play a sport Perform lab experiments Write stories and poetry Plan and supervise an activity Convince people to do things your way Set up a system for doing something and stick to it
2. Count the circles in each column and write that number in the “Total” row, above.
3. The two columns with the most items circled will indicate what your code(s) are.
a. If you have a “tie,” see if you can delete any circled items because they are “not as interesting” as the others. Then, re-add.
4. See the explanations of your “interest codes,” below.
5. Write a paragraph of 100 words maximum answering these questions:
a. Do you agree or disagree with the results?
a. Do you agree or disagree with the results?
b. Do these results match the characteristics of the profession you have chosen?
Interests Code Explanations:
R = Realistic
Mechanical and athletic abilities; likes working outdoors with tools and objects;
prefers dealing with things rather than people.
I = Investigative
Math and science abilities; likes working alone and solving complex problems; likes
dealing with ideas rather than people or things.
A = Artistic: Artistic ability and imagination; enjoys creating original work; likes dealing with ideas rather than things.
S = Social: Social skills; interested in social relationships and helping others solve problems; likes dealing with people rather than things.
E = Enterprising: Leadership and speaking abilities; likes to be influential; interested in politics and business; like to deal with people and ideas, not things.
C = Conventional: Clerical and math ability; prefer working indoors and organizing things; like to deal with words and numbers rather than people or ideas.
Self-Assessment 4: Abilities **
Purpose: To identify your abilities.
Note: You will be able to use this later as you prepare your resume and some interview responses.
1. Think of the abilities listed below in terms of how you compare yourself to your classmates, friends, or work colleagues.
2. Circle the answer that best describes your abilities when compared to your classmates, friends, or work colleagues.
3. At the bottom, write a paragraph of 100 words maximum, comparing your abilities to those required for jobs in your profession.
ABILITIES: RATE YOURSELF:
COMMUNICATION (includes speech, writing, persuasion, reading and comprehension)
MATH (includes adding, subtracting, multiplying, a dividing)
SPATIAL (includes biology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy)
SCIENCE (includes biology, chemistry, geology, and astronomy)
LEADERSHIP (is an ability to take on responsibility in a group, to motivate others, and to provide direction in group activities)
ART (includes painting, drawing, sculpture, acting, and music)
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE (includes athletics, dance, and a variety of activities that require coordination)
MECHANICAL (is an ability to understand and fix various machines and appliances)
Compare your abilities from this assessment to those required in your profession: