The Fleishman Career Center offers various career assessment options to assist you with your career planning. These tools can be an excellent place to start when making career choices such as choosing a major, exploring occupations and determining a career plan.
This tool has five brief career assessments within it including Work Interests, Personal Interests, Abilities, Values and Personality inventories and relates answers to all five to the world of work. FOCUS 2 is offered at no cost to Binghamton students.
FOCUS 2 is helpful for:
- Choosing a college major—helps you uncover career interests and identify which areas of study at Binghamton are suggested or required for a particular field based on Holland's Career Development Theory
- Exploring Career Options—helps you explore the world of work by demonstrating how your interests relate to various occupations.
- Taking responsibility for your education and career planning and engaging in activities that support your career development
New Users: Create a FOCUS 2 Account using your @binghamton.edu email address for your username and "BUBearcat" as your access code on the FOCUS 2 website.
Returning Users: Click Here
After using this system, follow up with a FOCUS 2 interpretation appointment scheduled via hireBING to discuss an action plan with a Career Consultant.
To schedule an appointment: login to your hireBING account and complete your demographic profile if needed, click on "Calendar" tab then on "Counseling Appointment." Select "Assessment Interpretation FOCUS 2" as the Reason for visit to select a time.
Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
The Strong Interest Inventory is a widely-used instrument for exploring how your interests, skills and values fit with the world of work by comparing your answers to questions with the answers of professionals who like their jobs. For more information, view the video overview of this tool.
The Strong Interest Inventory is helpful when:
- Choosing a college major—helps you uncover career interests and identify which areas of study are appropriate or required for a particular field based on Holland's Career Development Theory
- Exploring Career Options—opens up the world of work to first-time career seekers and those considering career transition by identifying their interests and demonstrating how they relate to various occupations and careers
There is a $15 fee to take this assessment measure and a follow up appointment scheduled via hireBING is required to receive your results and discuss an action plan based on the outcome of the assessment.
To take this assessment, meet with a career consultant in the Fleishman Center by scheduling an appointment in hireBING. After logging into the system and completing your demographic profile, click on "Calendar" tab, then "Counseling Appointment" and add an appointment for "Assessment Referral." Select a time that works meet to discuss your interest in this assessment and prepare to take the inventory afterwards.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI is a well-known and widely used assessment that helps individuals better understand their own tendencies and preferences for interacting with the world. Its resulting four-letter code is meant as a starting point for self-reflection and understanding as a way to identify career paths and environments that allow you to be your best. The MBTI is used by 89 Fortune 100 companies to maximize individual and team effectiveness from entry to executive levels.
How the MBTI can help:
Understanding your personality preferences can assist your career development in several ways.
- It can help you select a major or career field that is a good fit for your preferred style of interacting with the world and making decisions
- It can increase your awareness of your learning style so you can choose educational settings where you can flourish.
- It can help you identify characteristics of a comfortable work environment.
There is a $15 fee to take this assessment measure and a follow up appointment scheduled via hireBING is required to receive your results and discuss an action plan based on the outcome of the assessment. To learn more, view this video overview of the MBTI.
To take this assessment, meet with a career consultant in the Fleishman Center by selecting an appointment in hireBING. After logging into the system and completing your demographic profile, click on "Calendar" tab then click on "Counseling Appointment" and add appointment for "Assessment Referral" and select an available time that works for you to come in and discuss your interest in this assessment and prepare to take the inventory online.