Self Assessments

Learn About Yourself

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 do this first will facilitate the process of identifying career options that fit you best.

By identifying your skills, interests, values, and personality you will understand how your unique qualities match with potential career paths. You may also learn about occupations that you have not yet considered.

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.


Your choice of major does not define your career options. Though your Bates education prepares you for the future, success in the job search process depends upon understanding the skills you develop through jobs, internships, classes, hobbies, volunteer experiences, sports, and other extracurricular activities. It is important to be able to articulate these skills to employers and understand how they transfer to different career options. Knowing these strengths will help you to develop a career plan, write resumes and cover letters, and interview with employers.

To learn more about skills that employers have identified as critically important and how you can develop these during your time at Bates, visit our online Skills Directory.

To identify your skills consider taking the SkillScan Express


Consider your interests in a variety of contexts – recreational, professional, and academic. What do you like to do? What is your favorite summer job or volunteer activity? What classes do you seek out when creating your schedule? All of these relate to your interests and may be relevant when thinking about potential careers.

To learn more about your interests and how they relate to careers, consider taking the iStartStrong. Email us at 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 pdfiStartStrong


Values are a set of principles that motivate every decision you make. Values originate from a variety of sources, including family, personal experiences, and cultural context. Clarifying your values and understanding how they connect to various work environments will help you identify meaningful work.

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.

Personality Type

Personality refers to your inherent traits, including the way you like to gather information, make decisions, work with others, and organize your everyday life. Just as most people have a preference for right-handedness or left-handedness, they also have a favorite way of organizing information and making decisions. When you understand your personality, you can make career decisions that suit you.

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.


PymetricsEver wonder what career would be best suited for your abilities?

Check out pymetrics and uncover your strengths, discover ideal careers that fit your cognitive traits, and get introduced to compatible companies looking for summer interns and full time hires.

What is pymetrics?

pymetrics uses a series of neuroscience games to identify and evaluate your cognitive and socio-emotional traits, and provides industry and company recommendations based on your profile.