Choosing the right career path can be an overwhelming task. With so many degree programs and variables such as your personality, your financial needs, and the outlook of career fields, it helps to have some expert advice.
The Career Center utilizes several online resources designed to help individuals make career decisions according to who they are and what they are looking for in a career.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory both assess the test-taker’s personality and interests. They are simple and require only “gut” responses, so there is no need to prepare. The reports generate information helpful in indicating what types of work environments and job responsibilities would best suit the test-taker as a unique individual.
If you are interested in taking either of these assessments, call the Career Center at 815.599.3536 or 815.599.3573 for more information. You must set up a time to take the test at the office or have an access code sent to you. The results are sent to the office and will be explained to you during a one-on-one appointment with Dana Zimmerman, Coordinator of Career Services.
Career Cruising is an online, subscription-only resource that includes not only career and occupational information but also features a brief career assessment. The results are immediate and, while not as in-depth as the MBTI or Strong Interest Inventory, provide some helpful ideas for individuals exploring career options. The program’s informational base is extensive and even includes a database of schools filtered by factors such as programs offered and region. After just a few minutes, you can discover careers that could be right for you as well as explore the means to reach your goals.
No appointment is necessary in order to use this resource. The Career Center is proud to offer access to Career Cruising on computers across the Highland’s campus. The Career Center also provides licenses to all high schools within HCC’s district.
WorkKeys, provided in conjunction with the HCC Testing Center, is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.
As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways. Call the Testing Center at 815.599.3680 for an appointment.