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Do What You Are

Overview

Another career assessment offered by Career Center is Do What You Are® (DWYA). This tool is a personality assessment designed to provide feedback about an individual's patterns of behavior and their preferences. Do What You Are® can be helpful for undecided students in several ways. It can show how an individual likes to make decisions, organize his or her life, and acquire information. Do What You Are® can also demonstrate where an individual focuses his or her attention (on the outer world of people and things or inner world of ideas) and what types of career environments may be best suited to their personality.

The DWYA identifies four separate dichotomies. An individual is assumed to have a preference for one of each pair of opposites over the other. For example, each person's four letter code will include only one letter from each row (e.g. INTJ). It is important to note that a preference for one alternative of each dichotomy does not mean that the opposite, less-preferred side is never used. With the information provided, individuals can investigate what careers and work environments may best match their preferences. By utilizing the DWYA and the Strong Interest Inventory together, students are able to construct a more accurate perception of their individual career interests and personal strengths.

Do What You Are Types

Extraversion (E)
OR
Introversion (I)
People who prefer Extraversion tend to focus on the outer world of people and things People who prefer Introversion tend to focus on the inner world of ideas and impressions
Sensing (S)
OR
Intuition (N)
People who prefer Sensing tend to focus on the present and on concrete information gained from their senses People who prefer Intuition tend to focus on the future, with a view toward patterns and possibilities
Thinking (T)
OR
Feeling (F)
People who prefer Thinking tend to base their decisions primarily on logic and on objective analysis of cause and effect People who prefer Feeling tend to base their decisions primarily on values and on subjective evaluation of person-centered concerns
Judging (J)
OR
Perceiving (P)
People who prefer Judging tend to like a planned and organized approach to life and prefer to have things settled People who prefer Perceiving tend to like a flexible and spontaneous approach to life and prefer to keep their options open
Table adapted from Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Career Report by Consulting Psychologists Press.
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