Career professionals helping students discern what types of jobs they might be good at or where their passions might lie use a variety of interest-inventory tools. Below is one such tool that I use with new freshmen.
Parents should consider printing off the questions below and encouraging their students to answer them in written form and then bring those answers to the School of Journalism internship coordinator. It is good place for us to start our discussion of internships and career exploration.
• What are your personal values - what is most important to you in life?
• What do you consider to be your greatest strengths – brag about yourself and write down what you think your strong points are. If you aren’t sure, think about what your friends and family say about you.
• What are your weakness?
• What were your favorite classes in high school and why do you think they were your favorite?
• Do you have a job right now? If so, what is it and what do you like/dislike about it?
• How do you currently manage your time?
• Do you have responsibilities at home and how many hours week do they require?
• What do you think the goal of college is?
• What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time, and why?
• Tell me about a time you faced a personal challenge and how you resolved it and sense of it.
• What is your definition of success?
• If you could do any job – if money were not a factor – what would you do and why?
• If you could live anywhere, where would that be and why?