Self Exploration

Choosing a career or defining one’s life calling can be a daunting and scary process. However, it doesn’t have to be! If you have no idea what you want to be when you grow up, you are not alone! Countless numbers of students enter college not knowing what they want to do or pursue, and that’s acceptable, so long as you are willing to explore.

Exploration is the first step everyone takes as they begin to map out a life path. Exploring who you are as a person, your likes and dislikes, your passions and fears are all a part of the process. Exploration takes place on multiple levels—personal, academic, social, vocational and relational.

To help you get started on discovering who you are, the Counseling & Career Development office has set up this exploration links page to provide some fun and direction.

If you desire further exploration and a more in depth look at who you are, schedule an appointment with our office and utilize some of the more comprehensive resources we offer.

Personality

Spiritual Gifts

Career/Interests

General Employment

Online Assessment Tests 

Personality

Jung Typology Test
This test yields results nearly identical to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and is the primary, free of cost version used at North Central University.
The Temperament Sort II
Online personality inventory used by Fortune 500 companies and Universities worldwide. This service enhances professional and personal development; it is very easy to use.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
This test yields results that use the same designations as the Myers Briggs does, and is based on the same personality theory. (Note: this gives a brief sketch, but the whole test results (10 page) costs $14.95.)
OCEAN
A five-dimensional scale used to determine one's personality: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeability, and Neuroticism. This test can also be taken with another person in mind, a spouse, parent, friend, and then the results of how you see that person are available. When placed together with that other person's evaluation of you, interesting discussions ensue.
Color Quiz
Based on the theory proposed by Dr. Max Luscher, the Color Quiz tests your personality by having you choose in descending order what particular colors you like.
OneIshy Personality & Temperament
Everyone has a personality, here is a fun little personality and temperament assessment tool that can help you understand the strengths and weakness of your personality.

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Questionnaire developed by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Team Ministry
This evaluation covers the nine "task-oriented" gifts used in daily life to do the work of Christian ministry.
Gifted 2 Serve
The Gifted2Serve inventory can be well described as a balanced biblical understanding of spiritual gifts and was designed to help Christians become active ministers in the Body of Christ.
Spiritual Gifts Test
Another online Spiritual Gifts test.

Career/Interests

Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP)
MAPP is a world-class personal assessment that takes 15 minutes to complete. MAPP identifies your true motivations toward work and allows you to match yourself to job categories to see where you best fit.
Career Key
Find a career that interests you. Based on the Holland codes.
Career Interest Survey
This online assessment can be helpful in identifying your particular interests and may be useful in selecting a major or career path that is suited to your particular interests.
JobStar
Links to a range of online career tests.
The Testing Room
Includes free assessments in the areas of values, career interests, competencies, and work personalities. Free synopsis is given for each test, but if you pay a fee the company will send you a full printout.

Exploring the World of Work 

General Employment

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A comprehensive resource that provides abstracts to explain various available vocations. If are not sure what a particular job is check this resource out (also available in hard copy at the Counseling & Career Development office).
ISEEK
For people seeking to explore the world of work. Includes several categories such as exploration, planning your education, finding a job, and growing a business. An excellent place to start investigating who you are and what you might want to do in the future.
 
State of Minnesota
Provides a great resource to help those who are in initial stages of searching for a career. This website provides three main areas: exploring careers, investigating careers, and future planning. This resource is designed for college students who are on the edge of launching into their potential field of work.

Employment in Ministry