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Career Assessments

Career assessments are surveys designed to help you identify interests, skills, and various personality characteristics that will help you make appropriate career-related decisions.

Should the results of my career assessments determine what I do in the future?

Absolutely not! This is an incorrect assumption that is believed by people far too often. Career assessment results should only verify other information you have obtained about yourself so that you can make a better and more informed decision. The intricately complex nature of the human being as well as the highly technical and changing society we live in can never be fully measured by human-devised evaluations. However, when the appropriate career of aptitude test is used, it can be highly beneficial.

Even if it were possible to determine precisely what you should do in the future, it is probably more important to answer the following questions:

  • Are my career interests or aptitude test results generally supportive of my most cherished life values?
  • Do the results complement my personality attributes?
  • Do the results provide me with enough additional information and insight to help me make a better decision about my career direction?

Once again, the most important thing to remember is to combine the results of any career assessment you take with as much additional information as you need to be able to make an informed and wise decision.

System of Interactive Guidance and Information (SIGI 3)

SIGI 3 is an online career guidance and education program that allows students to examine their values, interests and skills through a series of short assessment surveys.  The results of these assessments can assist students to make appropriate decisions about a college major or occupational selection.  In addition, the student will be made aware of and be able to further explore occupations and educational options related to their assessment results, and much more. 

Note: You must be a current Grand Rapids Community College student in a CLS course in order to access this program.