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Monday, November 18, 2013

Strong Interest Inventory

Hi Again,
The next assessment I took was the Strong Interest Inventory.
"The Strong Interest Inventory instrument is a powerful tool that can help you make satisfying decisions about your career and education. Whether you are just starting out in your career, thinking about a change, or considering education options  for career preparation, you can benefit from the wealth of information reflected in your Strong results. Understanding your Strong Profile can help you identify a career focus and begin your career planning and exploration process."

Section 1. General Occupational Themes
Describes your interests, work activities, potential skills, and 
personal values in six broad areas: Realistic (R), Investigative (I), 
Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), and Conventional (C). 

Section 2. Basic Interest Scales
Identifies specific interest areas within the six General 
Occupational Themes, indicating areas likely to be most 
motivating and rewarding for you.

Section 3. Occupational Scales
Compares your likes and dislikes with those of people who are 
satisfied working in various occupations, indicating your likely 
compatibility of interests. 

Section 4. Personal Style Scales
Describes preferences related to work style, learning, leadership, 
risk taking, and teamwork, providing insight into work and 
education environments most likely to fit you best.

Section 5. Profile Summary
Provides a graphic snapshot of Profile results for immediate, easy 
Section 6. Response Summary
Summarizes your responses within each category of Strong"

So this assessment covers a lot. 
It was similar to the MBTI and I really enjoyed taking it. 
There are 7 themes altogether. (Artistic, Enterprising, Realistic, Social, Conventional, Investigative) The results are  from your highest to least level of interest.
In my case, I had two.
Artistic and Enterprising.
So my theme code is AE.

What does this mean?
Here are some descriptions.
art appreciation, 
communication, culture 
Work Activities:
Composing music, 
performing, writing, 
creating visual art 
Potential Skills:
Creativity, musical ability, 
artistic expression
Beauty, originality, 
independence, imagination 

Business, politics, 
Work Activities:
Selling, managing, 
persuading, marketing
Potential Skills:
Verbal ability, ability to 
motivate and direct others
Risk taking, status, 
competition, influence

1. Marketing & Advertising (E)
2. Performing Arts (A)
3. Nature & Agriculture (R)- Realistic (didn't make the charts as much as Artisitic/Enterprising did)
4. Culinary Arts (A)
5. Visual Arts & Design (A)

 1. Chef (ERA)
2. Advertising Account Manager (AE)
3. Photographer (ARE)
4. Paralegal (CE)
5. Artist (AR)
6. Broadcast Journalist (AE)
7. Buyer (EC)
8. Optician (ECR)
9. Flight Attendant (EAS)
10. Computer Systems Analyst (C)

 1. You likely prefer a balance of working alone and working with people.
2. You seem to prefer to learn by doing.
3. You probably prefer to lead by example.
4. You may dislike taking risks.
5. You probably enjoy the role of independent contributor

For the record, so far, all these make a ton of sense to me. 
Because this assessment is so long with it's results (which is great!!) I will explain the rest.
You can further learn what college majors to go into and types of organizations and clubs you may enjoy.
This is great for resume building, especially if your school has these clubs.
It also tells you what courses you are going to enjoy most.
Based on the top ten strong occupations, if none of those really appeal to you, they later give you related careers that may be just up your ally. For example, I got Chef. Other careers I may enjoy related to that are Food writer, Restuarant manager and caterer. 
This assessment is great because it goes into great detail of everything you need or may want to know.
I totally recommend taking it, it really is beneficial and helpful to those who are not only in college but outta college.
I love this stuff and I hope that one day, if I do get the chance to be a career counselor, you will come to me and have me give these assessments to you and help you find what you love most in life.

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