Are you trying to find career direction? The Career Center offers many ways to learn about yourself and educational options including assessments. To utilize some of the career assessments, inventories, and surveys you may need a referral from a Saddleback College Counselor.
The Career Center sells a comprehensive assessment package to career explorers to assess their interests, values, skills and personality type. This battery of assessments are called 'Take Charge Self-Directed Assessments'. This battery of assessments includes the Please Understand Me (personality type), Sigi 3 (online interactive which helps you evaluate; Values, Interests and Activities) and Eureka Microskills (online interactive system which helps you evaluate; Personality, Interests and job Skills and information relating to career exploration). The Take Charge packet is $35.00 for current students and $50.00 for alumni (within the last year) and community members (who have have been assigned a student ID from Saddleback). Speak to a Saddleback College Counselor or the Staff of the Center for Career and Life Development for more information.
Other tests offered by the Career Guidance Services include: Sigi, Eureka MicroSkills, Please Understand Me, and Strong Interest Inventory® tool (this is a partial list). Students are encouraged to review the results from any assessment with a counselor. During the Fall and Spring semesters, career counselors will be assigned to the Career Center on an appointment basis. Call 949-582-4575 to schedule an appointment.
This is a program that asks you to identify and prioritize the values that are most important to you. You will also pick some areas of interest and activities that you enjoy and find rewarding. Then you will use combinations of these selections to come up with careers best suited to you. Sigi can be purchased online for a fee.
Identify and prioritize the 35 skills that you would most like to use in your life's work. The online computer system will match these skills to the skill set required in more than 250 careers, and identify those careers in which the skills needed closely match the ones you have chosen. You will then have an opportunity to learn more about these careers so that you can evaluate which careers might be the best choice for you. Eureka has three different assessments on the online system. Student can use the computer based system in the career center, but must pay for print outs in the lab for 10 cents a page.
Please Understand Me
Answer 72 questions that will indicate your personality type. Printouts for the original system will tell you how the personality type theory affects your personal and professional life. Printouts include what your career strengths and weaknesses are, what careers to avoid, and information relating to love and happiness. Please Understand Me is from the Keirsey Temperament theory and even includes how you should best go about the career search process. - Can only be taken in the Career Center computers.
Strong Interest Inventory® Tool
The Strong provides you an opportunity to assess your interests in a wide range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities and school subjects. Test results provide you with a RIASEC code and diagram based on your interests, which helps you identify career options and possible academic majors. A list of possible careers is provided. There are many versions of the Strong interest tools, this test was formally the Strong-Cambell Interest inventory. Campbell has his own version following his theories of career called Campbell Interest, Skills Survey (CISS). Both of these assessments do require an appointment scheduled with a licensed master level counselor employed at Saddleback College and an agreement that it will be fully reviewed during a counseling session before it will sold. Many Counseling 140, 160 and Women Studies 120 courses use these assessment in the classroom. The other assessment from the same website is the MBTI®
Career Cruising (Career Cruising.com)
Career Cruising is offered free to all registered students during academic years of 2007-10, due to a generous grant from the college's foundation office. Contact the Career Center for more information. During the 2010-18, the Career Center has agreed to continue to offer these free assessments to support student success and retention.
Other Assessments are offered by the Career Guidance Department is typically through a Saddleback College counselor referral only. These assessments are for Saddleback students working with the counselors and staff at our college or in the classroom.
* MBTI, Myers-Briggs, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust in the United States and other Countries. Strong Interest Inventory is a registered trademark of CPP, Inc.