Career Center

Administration and Interpretation of Career and Personal Interests, Skills, & Values

For those wishing to identify additional information about themselves and their options, Bioscience PhD and MD students, post docs, and fellows may meet with an advisor to determine if one or several of the following formal career assessments may be helpful:

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI uses a 4-letter code to help those taking the assessment identify their personal preferences for decision making, communicating, and interacting with the world.   This information may then translate into professional fit and interests.  The MBTI can be taken online at no cost and results must be obtained and reviewed in a 1 hour consultation appointment

Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

The SII compares a person’s professional, leisure, and educational interests with those employed in particular fields.  Based on similar interest patterns, the test can be used to evaluate potential interest and satisfaction in various occupations.  The SII can be taken online at no cost and results must be obtained and reviewed in a 1 hour consultation appointment

Knowdell Motivated Skills Inventory

The Knowdell Motivated Skills Card Sort is a quick and easy way to identify the areas that are central to personal and career satisfaction and success. Based on experience, feedback and instinct, clients use the cards to assess their proficiency and motivation in 51 transferable skills areas. This card sort is taken at no cost and administered and reviewed in the office during a 1 hour consultation appointment.

Knowdell Career Values Inventory

The Knowdell Career Values Card Sort is a simple tool that allows one to prioritize their values in as little as five minutes. Fifty-four variables of work satisfaction—such as time freedom, precision work, power, technical competence and public contact—are listed and described. This is an effective tool for job seekers, those fine-tuning their present jobs and career changers at all ages and stages. This card sort is taken at no cost and administered and reviewed in the office during a 1 hour consultation appointment.

CareerLeader

CareerLeader is a fully integrated approach to business career self-assessment built on the premise that one's interests, motivators and skills will drive their future career success and satisfaction. Based on over 50 collective years of scientific research and career development experience, CareerLeader has been designed to: (1) Provide expert assessments of one's unique pattern of business-relevant interests, motivators and skills. (2) Match an individual to specific business-related careers when compared to our database of hundreds of thousands of business professionals. (3) Help one understand what organizational cultures will be the best fit for them. This assessment is administered in the Biotechnology Business and Finance class during the winter quarter or by request.

Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode TKI

The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) is a helpful assessment for understanding how different conflict-handling styles affect interpersonal and group dynamics. It can also go beyond conflict management to support one’s team building, leadership and coaching, as well as retention goals. This assessment is administered in the Biotechnology Business and Finance class during the winter quarter or by request.

StrengthsQuest – coming soon!

StrengthsQuest will help a trainee gain insight into one’s areas of greatest potential: the things that one naturally does best. It provides valuable information about who you are and gives you clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive. This assessment can be taken online at no cost and results must be obtained and reviewed in a 1 hour consultation appointment

If you are interested to take an assessment(s), please contact somcareers@stanford.edu to schedule a 1 hour intake appointment or attend 1 initial 15 minute express review appointment (Wednesday from 3:00-4:00pm. Sign-ups for express reviews begin 30 minutes prior at the SoMCC).  Assessment directions will be distributed during the intake appointment.

 

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