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Career Assessment

Career Assessments

Available only through PVCC Counseling & Personal Development Division
Call 602-787-6540 to schedule an appointment

The following assessments and/or classes are available to help you make informed decisions about your future career.  Schedule an appointment to meet with a PVCC Career Counselor to begin your career assessments.   After you complete the assessments, the PVCC Career Counselor will help you interpret your results and recommend a research and action plan.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)

Knowing your personality type, as measured through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, can help you with career planning at every stage: from your choices of subjects and majors in school to choosing your first career, to advancing in your organization or changing careers later in life. People often find difficulty defining what kind of work they want to do or why a given field makes them comfortable or uncomfortable. Personality type is a practical tool for investigating what works for you, then looking for and recognizing work that satisfies your preferences.

Cost: $20 MBTI for PVCC enrolled students, $25 for non-students

Strong Interest Inventory® (SII)

Use SII for Career Change, Identify College Major, or to find a Vocation.

The SII is based on the idea that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work in jobs or at tasks that they find interesting and when they work with people whose interests are similar to their own. The SII takes about 30 minutes to complete and contains 291 items that measure your interests in a wide range of occupations, occupational activities, hobbies, leisure activities and types of people. The newly revised assessment includes jobs in the fast-growing field of computer hardware and electronics, marketing and advertising, finance and accounting along with traditional jobs. Your interests are compared to thousands of individuals who report being happy and successful in their jobs. Your personalized report identifies your optimum career choices based on your interests and includes additional related occupations with concise job descriptions.

Use the Strong Interest Inventory® to:

  • Choose a career
  • Increase your job satisfaction
  • Make a career change
  • Choose appropriate education and training
  • Plan a fulfilling retirement
  • Find a balance between work and leisure

Cost: $15 for enrolled PVCC students, $20 for non-students


StrengthsQuest, Gallup's strengths development program for college-age students, gives students the opportunity to develop based on their strengths rather than their weaknesses. In other words, it helps students learn what they do best, then build their lives on those talents. With StrengthsQuest™, students can:

  • discover and develop their greatest talents
  • use their strengths to improve their grades and increase their learning
  • strategically determine a rewarding career path
  • focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses

Cost: $15 for enrolled PVCC students, $20 for non-students

Consider one of the following classes for a more structured assessment of your personal and educational planning.

CPD102AB - Career Exploration Class, 2 credits

Designed to assist students making career choices. Focuses on self-assessment in terms of educational and career opportunities and reasonable possibilities in the world of work. Includes assessment for personal/career interests, values, needs, attitudes, skills, and other potential, and exploration of occupational information to establish career and educational goals. Prerequisites: None. Additional course fee $30.

  • Explain the process of career and life planning
  • Integrate the results of self assessments and inventories to identify career options
  • Use research tools to investigate careers
  • Develop a personal evaluation criteria based on self assessment and career research data
  • Design an action plan that includes educational and career goals

Course Fee: Students enrolled in CPD102AB, 2 credits will pay a $30 course fee to take both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory (SII) assessments.

CPD150 – Strategies for College Success, 3 credits

Focus on increasing student success through college orientation and personal growth, study skills development, and educational and career planning. Prerequisites: None. Additional course fee $30

  • Identify and describe campus student support resources
  • Identify and apply time-management strategies
  • Identify and apply goal-setting strategies
  • Identify preferred learning style and describe it's relationship to teaching and learning strategies
  • Identify and utilize interpersonal communication skills
  • Identify and utilize strategies to organize study materials
  • Identify and utilize note-taking strategies
  • Identify and utilize textbook, academic, and classroom strategies
  • Identify and utilize test-taking strategies
  • Identify and utilize strategies to improve memory
  • Identify and utilize strategies for critical and creative thinking
  • Describe the process of educational and career planning
  • Describe current occupational trends and outlooks
  • Utilize career planning resources
  • Develop an education plan

Course Fee: Students enrolled in CPD150, 3 credits will pay a $30 course fee to take both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory (SII) assessments and/or StrengthsQuest

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Career Services
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ  85032

Location:  Kranitz Student Center – KSC 1181
(West side of the cafeteria, next to the Book Store)
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Contact us by Phone or Email:
(602) 787-7073

Follow PVCC Career Services on Facebook  for job search tips/career development tips and updates on jobs and internships.

Career Services Hours:

Spring  2016 Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Summer  2016 Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: Closed

Career Services Appointments:
Walk-ins and appointments* are available daily.  Call to schedule an appointment.
*One hour scheduled appointments are available for Resume Review, Cover Letter Review, Job/Internship Search Assistance, Online Career Research, Branding, LinkedIn Profiles/Networking, Mock Interviews, etc. for both students and community members


Norma Chandler, EdD, MBA
Manager, Career Services
(602) 787-7073

Mary Askew, MS, GCDF
Advisor, Career Services
(602) 787-7073

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