Using the resources provided through Career Services you will be able to better assess yourself and your career paths. Career Services is here to help you figure out what you can do with yourself and major, and how to get there. There are many different careers out there, and many people do become overwhelmed with what they wish to do in life. We here at Career Services want to make the transition easier for you. With our help you will be able to assess yourself, figure out your strengths and your passions, and get on the path for success.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is a psychological test used in career assessment. It is also frequently used for educational guidance as one of the most popular personality assessment tools. The test was developed in 1927 by psychologist E.K. Strong, Jr. to help people exiting the military find suitable jobs. It was revised later by Jo-Ida Hansen, and David Campbell. The modern version is based on the typology (Holland Codes) of psychologist John L. Holland. The newly revised inventory consists of 291 items, each of which asks you to indicate your preference from five responses.
The test can typically be taken in 25 minutes after which the results must be scored by computer. It is then possible to show how certain interests compare with the interests of people successfully employed in specific occupations. Access to the comparison database and interpretation of the results usually incurs a fee. We here at Niagara University will give you the exam through our office.
Strong Interest Inventory is a registered trademark of CPP, Inc. of Mountain View, California.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The original developers of the personality inventory were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. They began creating the indicator during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time identify the sort of war-time jobs where they would be "most comfortable and effective. The initial questionnaire grew into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was first published in 1962. The MBTI focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences.
The MBTI instrument is called "the best-known and most trusted personality assessment tool available today" by its publisher, CPP (formerly Consulting Psychologists Press). CPP further calls the MBTI tool "the world's most widely used personality assessment", with as many as two million assessments administered annually. Proponents of the test, however, cite unblinded anecdotal predictions of individual behavior, and claim that the indicator has been found to meet or exceed the reliability of other psychological instruments.
To make an appointment for access to these assessments, please call 716.286.8500 or stop in the Career Services Office on the first floor of Bailo Hall.