Focus 2: Understanding Your Results

There are many ways Focus 2 can help you choose a career path, however the main purpose of Focus 2 is to identify those careers and GVSU majors that best fit your career assessment results. In other words, the results are intended to help you with the exploration stage of career planning. This section will provide you with general tips, as well as a brief step by step guide on how to interpret your results. If you have any additional questions or seek further guidance, you can schedule an appointment with an advisor by stopping by the Career Center or calling (616) 331-3311.

General Tips


  • Make sure you complete all the career assessments (academic strengths, career planning status, personality, interests, values, and skills). Remember, Focus 2 is most helpful when it can identify careers that best fit you!!!
  • Career assessments are not perfect. If the results don’t seem to fit, make an appointment at the Career Center to further discuss them. There may be important reasons why your results came out like they did, which may help explain why you are having difficulty picking a career path.
  • Be open to exploring different career paths and take time to gather information about the careers!

How To Go Over Your Results


  • Review “Career Planning Status” and the descriptions for each of the 3 areas (career assessment, career exploration, and career planning satisfaction). This will help you identify where you need to focus your energy.
     
    • Note: If you score low in “Career Planning Satisfaction”, it is encouraged that you make an appointment with a career counselor to further discuss potential career barriers - (616) 331-3311.
  1. Click on the “Narrow and Refine Your Results - See Your Top Career Choices” section.
  2. Review the list of careers and majors, starting with those that had the highest match with your assessment results (e.g., 21 Occupations appear in 3 of the Assessments).
    • Do you notice any themes to the type of careers listed (e.g., “most are in helping fields”, “there are many careers in healthcare”, or “management positions are re-occurring”)?
    • Are there any careers you haven’t thought about?
  3. Examine the majors associated with each career. Which major(s) appear to keep coming up?
  4. Identify two or more careers and majors you would like to know more about and begin exploring them using Focus 2.
  5. Review your “Academic Strengths” results. Do your academic strengths match the careers/majors you are exploring? If they don’t, preparing for potential academic challenges would greatly improve the likelihood for success.  Check out these free campus services that can help!
  6. To gain a more thorough understanding of your results, go through the Focus 2 workbook.
  7. Now you're ready for Next Steps.