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Exploring Who You Are

The Academic Advising and Learning Center can provide WOU students with advising and assistance as you engage in the exploration process to discover and pair your interests and values to a major that can lead you into a great educational experience and a rewarding career.

To discover and understand yourself you need to identify your skills, interests, and values to better identify and work through the major and career development process. Through self-exploration and investigation you will be able to take a responsible approach in making a well-informed decision on a major that best suits with your values, skills, and preferences.

Completing personal assessments is what you may need if you are in the exploring process of a major or a career. You need to take action, be proactive and responsible by taking personality assessment tests to discover yourself.

We recommend you consider utilizing the services and resources from the following centers.

Service Learning and Career Development

Offers the following assessments for you to discover more about yourself.

Career LiftoffA survey that can help give ideas to possible career paths or vocational interests. Once you complete the survey, your scores will be sent to our Service Learning and Career Development Center and you can make an appointment to follow-up on your results in-depth details.

Myers-BriggsA personality assessment tool that describes your natural preferences and tendencies. It is helpful in describing your strengths, your preferred function in a job or organization, and specific career areas that might be more attractive to an individual with your particular preferences.

Dependable StrengthsThe Dependable Strengths Articulation Process helps you reflect on your life experiences, identify your pattern of strengths, understand your passions, and be able to articulate the value of those strengths to an organization or community. The process can help you focus on courses of study or certain career paths.

It is best to work on this process in a group of 3 or 4 over several sessions. If you and 2 or 3 of your peers would like to take part in this process, please contact Service Learning & Career Development to set up an appointment.

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Student Health and Counseling Center

Offers the following assessments for you to discover more about yourself.

Strong Interest InventoryThe Strong Interest Inventory is an assessment tool that compares your interests and personality type with professionals in various careers with matching interest patterns, offering you valuable insight to many careers. It allows you to understand your leadership preferences, as well as how your personality is related to your interests, improving your career direction.

After you have completed your assessment and followed up the results with a counselor from the Service Learning & Career Development or the Student Health & Career Counseling Center, make an appointment with your academic advisor to continue your pathway to a major by calling the Academic Advising and Learning Center at 503-838-8428.

Student Health and Counseling Center

More Assessment Tools for you to discover

Follow up with the advisors in the AALC after you complete either assessment.

Majors FairPurpose of this event is to help students who are currently undecided about their majors answer the burning and often-asked question “What’s your Major? Representatives from academic departments will be on hand to answer questions and provide information regarding majors and related careers.

Career Decision Making CourseTake a two credit course that gets you actively engaged in the career searching process, offered spring term.

My Next Move – O*NetMy Next Move is specifically designed to help you determine the right career for you, and to help you find a job that you will enjoy. You will be able to search careers with key words, search by industry or take the O*NET Interest Profiler to help you find your interests in relation to the world of work and help you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.  Take the assessment and discover your interest profile!

What is Your Career Interest Profiler?

John Holland (1966) developed a theory that organizes people’s interests and work environments into six groups. His assumption is that people can be classified into six different groups: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Conventional, and Enterprising.

Holland believed people who established careers that were congruent with their personal interests and orientations were more likely to be satisfied and successful in their work. Which profile aligns with you?

Review each of the six Holland groups and spend some time learning about which description best fits you. Gathering further information can help you make a good decision and set you up for a successful college experience.

Consult with an academic advisor or career counselor for more thorough explorations and understanding what WOU can offer you..

Six Holland Types.

Realistic Investigative Artistic Social Enterprising Conventional

Realistic types prefer to deal with Things.

  • A person with a Realistic Personality tends to be frank, practical, focused, mechanical, determined, or rugged.

  • Examples of Realistic Abilities include manipulating tools, doing mechanical or manual tasks, or doing athletic activities.

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Investigative types prefer to deal with Things and Ideas.

  • A person with a Investigative Personality tends to be analytical, intellectual, reserved, independent,and scholarly.

  • Examples of Investigative Abilities include working with abstract ideas and intellectual problems.

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Artistic types prefer to deal with Ideas and People.

  • A person with a Artistic Personality tends to be Complicated, Original, Impulsive, Independent, Expressive, and Creative.

  • Examples of Artistic Abilities include using imagination and feelings in creative expression.

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Social types prefer to deal with People.

  • A person with a Social Personality tends to be Helping, Informing, Teaching, Inspiring, Counseling, and Serving.

  • Examples of Social Abilities include interacting with people and concerned with the welfare of people.

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Enterprising types prefer to deal with Data and People.

  • A person with an Enterprising Personality tends to be Characteristics: Persuasive, Energetic, Sociable, Adventurous, Ambitious, and Risk-taking.

  • Examples of Enterprising Abilities include leading, managing, and organizing.

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Conventional types prefer to deal with Data and Things.

  • A person with a Conventional Personality tends to be Careful, Conforming, Conservative, Conscientious, Self-controlled, and Structured.

  • Examples of Conventional Abilities include ordering activities paying attention to details.

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After you have completed your assessment and followed up the results with a counselor from the Service Learning & Career Development or the Student Health & Career Counseling Center, make an appointment with your academic advisor to continue your pathway to a major by calling the Academic Advising and Learning Center at 503-838-8428.

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Academic Advising and Learning Center 503-838-8428 | or e-mail: advising@wou.edu
Location: APSC 401

The Academic Advising and Learning Center engages students in identifying and pursuing their educational, career, and life goals through personalized learning experiences. The AALC serves and supports students in developing collaborative relationships that foster student success.

—Mission Statement for the Academic Advising and Learning Center

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