Many college students struggle in choosing a career. In fact, it’s not uncommon for students to switch their majors during their junior or senior years.
That uncertainty can be reduced with career assessments — tests the Career and Academic Success Center offers. Even better, the CASC is offering two free tests for BYU students.
“We’ve offered [the two free tests] for a while,” said Hunter Schwarz, communications director of the CASC. “We’ve had the Discover [test] for a few years now, and the TYPEFOCUS is the new test that we have this year.”
Schwarz said not enough students know about the free tests. Moreover, there are a lot of resources on campus students do not know about. The CASC hopes students can learn more about the office and resources to help students, he said.
“We offered a lot of different tests. Some do have fees,” Schwarz said. “These two are the ones that students can take on their own at home.”
He said the paid tests give the students a packet of results. An academic adviser then interprets the result for the student.
“The free ones are just convenient,” Schwarz said. “A lot of students like to take the free ones first, and then if they don’t have their questions answered, they will come back and take the paid tests.”
Kelli Dougal, a senior majoring in psychology, said she did not know about the free tests until she started to work at the CASC.
“I walked by the office before, and I might come in once or twice but I had no idea that they gave these free tests,” Dougal said. “I wish I would have known.”
She said the tests are helpful for students because they provide a starting point to consider future careers.
“Discover gives you a list of careers based on your interests,” Dougal said. “And then it also has information about graduate schools.”
On the other hand, TYPEFOCUS matches students with careers based on careers of other people who have the same personality code, Dougal said. The TYPEFOCUS also gives information of how to interact with people with different personality codes.
“What the test did for me is confirm my desire to be a teacher,” said Dane Raleigh, a sophomore majoring in Spanish teaching.
Raleigh said the career assessments help students who do not know about their future career to decide that and help students who already decided on a career to confirm it.
“I would say even if you know what you want to do, take it,” he said. “Because it will give you a good idea if that is what you want to do.”
The information about the career assessments is available in room 2590 WSC and online at ccc.byu.edu/casc/career-assessments.