Career Counseling at the UW Counseling Center
The Counseling Center offers brief psychologically and culturally-informed individual career counseling to currently registered UW-Seattle matriculated students. During this time, you and your counselor will explore a range of subjects that will help you gain greater self-awareness, or clarity, about your academic and career goals. As a result, you’ll be better able to decide on potential majors and careers. Some of the areas your counselor may discuss with you include:
- Cultural/family beliefs and values that have impacted your education and career prospects
- Family expectations of what you should study or which careers you should consider
- Your preferences for lifestyle, geographical location, preferred work environments, family needs, etc.
- Your interests, motivated skills and values
- Values workshops To understand your values and how they impact your career choices, we offer a quarterly workshop entitled, “Fame, Fortune or Fun?” Scott Shiebler leads this highly-interactive workshop, open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
- Career Assessments:
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII) If you can only take one test, consider taking the Strong Interest Inventory. It is simple, takes about 30 minutes and can provide you with a lot of information about yourself in a very short amount of time. Your results can be helpful in determining a major and/or a tentative career goal. Two group interpretations are offered each quarter, at both 401 Schmitz Hall and 136 Mary Gates Hall.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) When used along with the SII, this test can be very beneficial in showing why and how we like to work. The “core functions” (e.g., middle two letters of your type) can also be informative in determining the work tasks that are most likely to appeal to you. Like the SII, it takes about 30 minutes to complete. Two group interpretations are offered each quarter, at both 401 Schmitz Hall and 136 Mary Gates Hall.
To take the MBTI and/or SII:
- Stop by the Counseling Center to pay, complete some brief paperwork, schedule your interpretation, and pick up on-line test-taking instructions.
- Assessments can be completed using any computer with Internet access, at any time 24 hours a day. Please allow an hour to complete each assessment.
- Due to the time it takes to score your assessment and prepare your results, please plan to complete the assessment at least two business days prior to your scheduled interpretation.
- Results from assessments can only be released with a professional interpretation. Interpretation options include:
- an individual interpretation with a career counselor at the Counseling Center
- an interpretive workshop at the Counseling Center
- an individual interpretation with a qualified career counselor outside of the Counseling Center.
Assessment results, like most other counseling services, are confidential information. They will only be released with written permission of the test-taker.
Spring Quarter Schedule of Assessment Workshops
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Strong Interest Inventory
FEES FOR CAREER SERVICES
Individual Career Counseling*
Initial session: No charge
Integrated Strong Interest Inventory: $40.00
Integrated Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: $40.00
Career counseling sessions: no additional charge
Career Assessment Interpretive Workshops**
Strong Interest Inventory: $20.00
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: $20.00
Alumni, either workshop: $40.00
We accept cash and checks
*Only currently enrolled, matriculated, UW-Seattle students are eligible for these services.
**Only currently enrolled, matriculated, UW-Seattle students or alumni are eligible for these services.
- Roadmap to Choosing a Major If you are new to the UW, consider participating in this workshop presented jointly by the Undergraduate Advising Center, the Counseling Center and the Career Center. This workshop is offered several times during the quarter and is an excellent resource to learn more about UW majors.
Other Career Services
- The Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS) This is a great resource to learn about occupations and their requirements, including salary ranges, growth rates, training requirements and detailed information about what people in those occupations actually do on a daily basis. WOIS is also a place to learn about your skills, salary requirements, lifestyle preferences and other pertinent information. The information is updated annually and is specific to Washington State. You can access it for free using any campus computer.
- The Career Center provides career counseling for students and offers many services, including:
- Job searching tips and self-marketing (resumes, interviewing skills, networking opportunities)
- Job fairs and career events
- Employer information sessions
- Internship opportunities
- Summer and campus employment
- Consultation to UW campus departments
- Dependable Strengths Workshops Identifying your skills and strengths may be challenging, but it is well worth the effort to discover them and learn how to articulate them to a potential employer. Knowing these strengths also increases your self-esteem and can help you stand out in an important interview situation. Learn more about skills in demand. If you are a graduate student, alumnus or community member, consider checking out the “Dependable Strengths” workshops offered by the Career Center. This is an important workshop that is offered in a structured format to help you uncover skills you may not realize you have.
- Career Exploration Course The Career Center also offers a career exploration course entitled, “Navigating Your Career Options.” Offered during winter and spring quarters, this course is an excellent introduction to the working world. It is listed under General Studies 350.
- Career Certificate The Career Center has recently developed a “career certificate” which students may earn by participating in career development and career exploration activities. It is designed to provide a “head start” in career exploration and can be placed on the resume to show an employer that you have completed some important work in this area.
General career articles online:
- Careers for Hipsters
- Eikleberry, Carol and Bolles, Richard N. (2007). The Career guide for Creative and Unconventional People. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, Inc.
- Tieger, Paul D. and Barron-Tieger, Barbara (2007). Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Using the Secrets of Personality Type. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.
Career development informational videos:
Tips on choosing a major: