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Career Testing

Career Management Battery

The Career Management Battery has been designed to provide you with information intended to lead you to greater self-understanding and to better decisions about the direction you will take in life.

Keep in mind that no one particular test will answer all your questions. We believe career choices should include an evaluation of interests, abilities, experiences, and motivations. On the basis of your findings in the Career Management Battery, you are encouraged to explore all relevant occupations in addition to those you are already considering. We are hoping to increase your awareness concerning the number of opportunities available to someone with your particular interests, abilities, experiences, and personality. It should be kept in mind that a satisfying career is not discovered but actively constructed by the individual. This will be a lifelong endeavor and not simply the work of a single afternoon.

The Career Management Battery consists of three assessment tools that will enable you to be more efficient in your search. These tools may be grouped into the following areas:

Aptitiude

Multidimensional Aptitude Battery (MAB-II)

Aptitude locates individual areas of talent as well as individual areas of weakness. Not all persons are talented in the same realism, and most persons are quite diverse.

Interest

Strong Interest Inventory

Interests are areas with which you would enjoy more involvement. The test reflects your potential level of commitment compared to those of others already working successfully in their fields.

Personality

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Personality reflects the diversity of behaviors that each of us has in differing amounts. Our personalities often determine how successful or how cumbersome we will be in a particular employment.


Appointment for Testing

You may fill out Application for Career Testing below contact Career Services Center at (337) 475-5611 to set up an appointment for testing. It will take approximately 3 hours to complete all the tests. An appointment will be set for a later date (within two weeks) to review your results.

There is a fee of $35.00 for students to be paid at the time of testing. If you pay by cash, it must be the exact amount, or you may choose to pay by check or money order made out to McNeese State University.

Application for Career Testing


CAREER GUIDANCE WEBSITES

In addition to our Career Management Battery, perhaps the following career websites and/or books may be of assistance to you:

America's Career Info Net

http://www.acinet.org/acinet/
Time for a career move?  Find wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.  Smart career decisions start here!

Authentic Happiness

http://www.authentichappiness.com
Offers questionnaires measuring life and job satisfaction

Dictionary Occupational Terms (DOT)

http://www.occupationalinfo.org/terms_1.html
This website gives a quick look at specific occupations providing brief definitions of jobs and the type of work a person performs within that specific job title. The definition also provides what industry a job title is in. The job titles are arranged in alphabetical order. This website is useful if the specific job title is known. Jobs are arranged by a special coding system that is seen on the website.

LA ePortal

https://www.laeportal.com
Create an account to uncover career information specific to the State of Louisiana.

Louisiana Career Services

http://www.voshost.com
Here you can research specific occupations, learn about what career best suits you and also explore the current job market where you want to work.  You may choose from a variety of links.  Career Tips allows you to view a guide to the steps you should take to follow the path of selecting the ideal career or occupation.  Career Explorer helps you learn what career or type or job best suits you as well as areas for which you might want to receive more training and education.  Career Informer highlights a specific occupation and display information on wages, employers and jobs that are available as well as the details of available education and training, the job requirements and the nature of the work involved.  Finally, Job Market Explorer allows you to choose a career or occupation by analyzing the current labor market trends where you want to work, including wages, employment projections and educational requirements.

Mapping Your Future

http://mapping-your-future.org/planning
On this tour, you can find out how to choose a career and how to reach your career goal.  You can also pick up useful tips on job hunting, resume writing, and job interviewing techniques.  Feel free to leave the tour at any time to find out more about a subject just by clicking the highlighted text.

My Career Direction

http://www.mycareerdirection.com
This site was created to assist college students, in assessing themselves to determine what careers they would be most likely to succeed in based on their own personality traits and mental aptitudes as compared to successful people in those careers. There is a fee of $19.95 for this career report.

My Plan

http://www.myplan.com
Here you can get information about college majors and careers whether you are in middle school, thinking about changing careers or anywhere in between.  There are almost 500 video vignettes describing various careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook     

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions.  In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and other information.

O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles

http://online.onetcenter.org
This website provides worker characteristics, worker requirements, experience requirements, occupational requirements, occupation-specific requirement, and occupational characteristics. Quick job search is available as well as searching jobs through a "job family" and high growth industries. You can provide a list of your skills where O*NET will provide potential jobs based on your skills. Another option is to enter a code found in the DOT (see description above) to find related occupations in O*NET.

Personality I.D.

http://www.crown.org/Tools/personality.aspx
This website provides a free, unique, interactive personality profile tool. Others tools provided on this website are available to you for a small fee.

The Career Key

http://www.careerkey.org
The Career Key gives you expert help with career choices-career changes, career planning, job skills, and choosing a college major or educational program.

What Color Is Your Parachute?

http://www.jobhuntersbible.com
A 'Net Guide,' a carefully-selected collection of information and resources to guide you in doing part of your job-hunt on the Internet.  Take an interactive test to learn more about yourself.  Find out, also, which are the best sites for getting further career-counseling or other help.



The websites listed above are only a small sample of the selection available online. If you are interested in finding more, using the search engine of your choice. Simply type in any of the following search terms:

  • Self assessment
  • Career assessment
  • Personality test
  • Career advice
  • Career guidance
  • Interest inventory
  • Career development
  • Career planning

BOOKS

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • O*NET Dictionary of Occupational Titles
  • Enhanced Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • What Color is Your Parachute?
  • Guide for Occupational Exploration
  • Do What You Are