Cal State L.A. Career Development Center

Quick Assessment

The purpose of this quick assessment is to help you decide what career center services will best assist you.

The career planning process can be thought of in three parts, and we offer services for each part. It could be that you don't need all of the services though, an this will help you decide.

Part 1 - Knowing Yourself

The first thing in career planning is to really know who you are, in order to select an appropriate career. If you love the outdoors and have no patience for detailed, abstract analysis, a career as a certified public accountant is probably not for you!

There are a number of aspects of yourself that are important for career planning. Read the following questions that cover these areas, and think about how well you can answer them. If you absolutely can answer all of them in detail for yourself, then you can go on to the next step. If you have gaps are vagueness in your answers, then you need to do some self-exploration as a first step to career planning.

  1. What is your basic personality type? Are you introverted or extroverted? Do you prefer working with concrete or abstract things? Do you make decisions based on emotion or on logic? Do you use intuition or facts to understand the world? Are you motivated by external factors, such as recognition and praise, or internal factors such as pride? Do you prefer to choose what to do, or have structure?

  2. Can you list the things that are most important to you in life? Can you identify your most important values? What do you ultimately seek - prestige? Security? Love? Recognition? Money? Achievement?

  3. What are your life goals in terms of family? Friends? Work environment? Home? Education? Community involvement?

  4. What level of risk are you comfortable with? What level of ambiguity? What level of structure? What is your ability for focus and persistence?

  5. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? What are you most interested in?

  6. What strategy do you use to make decisions?

  7. Do you have a vision of where you want to be in your life ten years from now? Twenty?

Part 2 - Knowing About the World of Work