Rob Thomsen, JD '94

If you haven't already, spend half a day getting a career aptitude test. Try to be as open-minded as possible when you receive the results. This process will help you understand how your unique personality will thrive (or struggle) in the literally infinite number of career paths available. I did not do this until I was well past 30, and I feel like I could have been much more focused on the training and experience that a well-suited career has now brought me. Rob Thomsen JD International Business, Trade, & Commerce '94; Owner, Team Thomsen Real Estate

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a questionnaire-style assessment which assigns each participant one of 16 personality types based on four different preferences. Knowing your personality type helps to determine a career "fit" based on how you communicate, how you take in information, how you make decisions, and how you complete tasks.

What would I learn?

The MBTI will increase your awareness of who you are. It will also provide suggestions on how to improve your decision-making and communication style based on your personality type. You can use the results to gather additional information about your career options and work that matches your type. Remember, this assessment does not indicate what you SHOULD do, but provides suggestions to help you clarify and explore your interests.

How can I take the MBTI?

Meet with a career counselor first to determine if the Myers-Briggs is a good fit for your career questions. You take the assessment on your own time via a link. After taking the assessment, call the main number at 434-924-8900 to set up a time to meet with a counselor again and receive your results. Please note that there is a $45.00 fee associated with The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

What are other resources I can use that will provide similar information?

Although there are many web - based tests that claim to measure type, they are not validated.  If you'd like to learn more about type and development you can visit The Myers Briggs Foundation for general information surrounding type.