Purposeful Work at Bates is about helping students discover the joy and power that arise from aligning who they are with what they do.
Step One in that alignment is understanding who you are!
Self-assessment gives you a better sense of who YOU are, what you’re good at, and what’s interesting to you. Taking the time to reflect on what is most important to you, what you do best, and how you want to move in and have an impact on the world, will bring you joy and meaning in your work as a student, and throughout your life.
Understanding your skills, interests, values, and personality will illuminate your unique qualities and how they might direct your next exploratory steps.
The Bates Center for Purposeful Work offers a number of different assessments that can be completed in an online format as well as in a more guided one-on-one counseling session or group format.
Spark Path Challenge Cards introduce the idea of engaging with your “challenge mindset” to explore careers. This is an innovative approach that helps you discover the many fascinating challenges, problems and opportunities that inspire careers. Instead of feeling like you have to fit into a job title, think about approaching work as a way to solve the world’s challenges.
To uncover your Challenge Mindset visit this resource page in Handshake for the instructions, link and Bates-specific code.
To learn more about your interests and how they relate to careers, consider taking the iStartStrong. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your Bates email address, your name and class year. You will receive a link to the assessment.
Preview an example here: iStartStrong Sample pdf
To learn more about your values, consider having a conversation with a counselor at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work. Call (207)786-6232 to schedule an appointment.
To learn more about your personality, consider taking the Myers-Briggs Typology Instrument (MBTI). Call the Bates Center for Purposeful Work at 207-786-6232 to schedule an appointment and arrange for the assessment.