Career Exploration Guide

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            Dorene J. Fox, Ph.D.
              Executive Director                             Guide
This Guide is designed to guide students through the career exploration process with the goal that they will confirm
or declare a major that matches their abilities, values, and interests.

Table of Contents

    Topic                                                             Page Number
    Introduction                                                            2
    Exercise 0.1 Meet Your Advisor                                          3
    TypeFocus™ Directions                                                   4
    Step 1 – Self Awareness                                                 5
       Exercise 1.1 Review Success Factor Results                           7
       Exercise 1.2 Create A Collage                                        8
    Personality Type                                                        9
       Exercise 1.3 Reviewing Your Personality Strengths                   10
    Values, Interests, Skills                                              11
       Exercise 1.4 Reviewing Your Values, Interests, Skills               12
    Step 2 – Exploration                                                   13
       Exercise 2.1 Exploring 3 Career Options                             14
    Step 3 – Decision Making                                               15
      Exercise 3.1 Building a Support Network                              15
    Step 4 – Taking Action!                                                16
      Your Personal Mission Statement                                      16
         Exercise 4.1                                                      16
      Your Resume’                                                         17
         Exercise 4.2                                                      18
      Your Portfolio                                                       18
         Exercise 4.3                                                      19
      Exercise 4.4 Scheduling classes and setting goals                    20
    Congratulations!                                                       21
      Exercise 5.1 Feedback                                                21
    ACE Contact Information                                                21
Welcome to NSU! This guide is designed to help entering freshmen explore or confirm careers that
match their abilities, interests, values, and aspirations. Research shows that 60 -75% of students
who begin college with a declared major will change majors, at least once, before they graduate
Retention is also closely linked to students declaring majors that fit their abilities, values and
interests. Therefore, this workbook is designed to help students work through the following 4 - step
Career Development Process.
    • Step 1 – Self Awareness
       This step helps you establish or confirm your life direction by answering
           o Who am I?
           o Where am I going?
    • Step 2 – Exploration
       This step helps you explore various occupational fields, educational requirements, and other
       important areas that support the results of Step 1.
    • Step 3 – Decision – Making
       This step involves more detailed research and then narrowing down the possible career
       options based on what you discovered in Steps 1 and 2.
    • Step 4 – Taking Action
       This step will involve the following based on the results of Steps 1 – 3.
           o Choosing or confirming a major
           o Enrolling in appropriate courses
           o Starting a career portfolio

Your orientation instructor, your academic advisor, and ACE will be assisting you with these steps.
ACE also has three peer advisors (Danyelle, Kory, and Laura) working in the Freshmen Career
Exploration Center (FCXC - room 233 of the Student Union), M, W - F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide
additional assistance. In Exercise 3.1 we encourage you to develop a support team and many of
these individuals will provide excellent support and encouragement.

As you work through this workbook you will find additional contact information and other
resources for additional assistance. Our website at, and our Academic and
Career Engagement facebook page are also handy resources for your career exploration needs.

You are also welcome to contact me via Annette Allen at 318-357-6703, room 100 of the Student
Union, or by sending me an email at

We look forward to working with you and hope you find this endeavor to be a very rewarding

Dorene J. Fox, Ph.D.
Executive Director for Academic and Career Engagement

Exercise 0.1 The most important resource person, for each student, is the student’s
academic advisor. Your advisor’s name can be found on your myNSU page or you can
contact your academic department. In some cases the student’s advisor is the student’s
orientation teacher. For easy reference, contact your academic advisor, and fill in the blanks
below. Leave a copy of this page and Exercise 1.1 with your Academic Advisor.

                Complete the following:
                 Advisor’s Name:                   Department:
                 Building:                         Office Room #:
                 Office Phone:                     Email:
                 Appointment Date/Time _____________________________________

                My Academic Advisor is available on the following days and times:

                Complete the following with the best contact information:
                Your name __________________ SID number ______________________
                Cell phone #                        Email Address              ________
                Address                                                   _____________
                Schedule of Classes, Work, and Study

   Day                    Classes                 Work                   Study


You will be completing 3 inventories on TypeFocus™, the Success Factor Questionnaire, the
Personality Questionnaire and the Self Awareness Inventories.
It is very important that you answer all questions as truthfully as possible. Consider each
question and ask yourself “In most situations, what is my preferred choice”. Do not answer
the questions based on how you would like to be or how someone told you, you should be.

   1. Start at
   2. Click on the “New Users- Click to Register” link
   3. Complete the required information
   4. After clicking on “I Accept”, record the information to enter the program for future
         Site Password: nsu86
   5. You are now registered: Click here to start
   6. Login page - fill in your Site password, Username, Password and when prompted,
      your NSU student ID, then click Login button.
   7. Now you are at the Homepage where there are directions to guide you through the
   8. Start Here: Complete the Personality Questionnaire, the Success Factors
      Questionnaire, or the Self Awareness Inventories, as directed by the workbook.
   9. To print results,
         o Go to the Homepage, click on Self Awareness or Success Factor Results.
         o Place checks in appropriate boxes.
         o Click on “Click for a web report”.
         o Print
   10. You may come back in through the “Returning Users-click to login” button to
       continue to reports.
   If you have trouble navigating this software please contact Danyelle in the FCXC at 318-

Step 1 – Self Awareness

This is the most important of the 4-Step Career Development Process. Think of this step as “painting a self
portrait” so that when you finish you will have a clear picture of yourself. In this section we will explore or
confirm your strengths, values, interests, skills, and aspirations by assessing your:
  1. Success Factors
  2. Personality Type
  3. Values, Interests, Skills

Success Factors
Success Factors are factors that help you meet your goals. It is important to address these factors early so
that you will experience success throughout your semesters at NSU. Many of these factors also translate
into relevant skills for career success. The table below addresses some of these factors.

   Motivational and Non-cognitive factors    Workplace relevance
     Social Activities                        Interpersonal Skills
     Goal Striving                            Motivation and Initiative
     Academic Discipline                      Strong Work Ethic
     Commitment to College                    Adaptability
     Academic Self-Efficacy                   Integrity
     General Determination                    Accountability
     Emotional Control                        Ability to “bounce back”
     Social Connection                        Persistence
     Communication Skills                     Team work

What are your Success Factors? - Complete the Success Factor Questionnaire, on TypeFocus™.

Results - After completing the Success Factor Questionnaire you can obtain the results by going back to the
homepage and clicking on 5: Success Factor Results. You will then see a screen like the one below.

By clicking on the topic you can see your responses. Here are three of my best results.

Exercise 1.1 In the table below list three or more of your strongest factors and consider how you can use
your strengths to overcome challenges. I wrote about my results as an example for you to follow.

  Three highest               How can you use these strengths to overcome a challenge?
  Example:                    When I am faced with a challenge I can plan my time to address the
  Accepts responsibility,     challenge and create to-do lists to accomplish my tasks. Since I am
  Willing to compete,         competitive I know that if others can meet the challenge I can too. There
  Time management             are resources (people, books, examples) to give me direction and since I
                              accept responsibility I will take the responsibility to locate these
                              resources and ultimately overcome the challenge.

Now review the areas that need improvement and choose two related Success Sessions to attend. Check
that the meeting times do not conflict with other responsibilities.
Success Session Name                                  Date           Time              Place

For factors with 1 – 2 stars we recommend that you discuss these areas with your academic advisor,
orientation teacher, or a career counselor at 318-357-5621.

Other suggestions:

__________________________________                                        _________________________
Academic Advisor’s signature                                              Date

Exercise 1.2 Here are some pictures, from Google Images, that “paint a picture” of me, my values, and my
interests. Create a similar collage, about yourself, with at least 6 pictures.

                                        “The best way to predict
                                            the future is to create
                                            it.” ~Alan Kay

Personality Type – Before you explore your personality type your instructor will discuss the 4 dichotomies
of the 16 personality types: Extrovert vs Introvert, Intuitive vs Sensing, Thinking vs Feeling, Judging vs
Perceiving. More info can be found at This self
awareness activity will enlighten you about yourself and provide insight on the different personality types
people possess. Knowing your professor’s personality type, your roommate’s personality type, or your
significant other’s personality type can help you understand why he or she says or does certain things and
appreciating others differences is a fundamental concept of diversity training and working together.

What is your Personality Type? To determine your personality type simply complete the Personality
Questionnaire located on the homepage of TypeFocus™. When completing the questionnaire keep in mind
that this test only asks for and indicates preferences. For example one question asks “Which do you find
more attractive? - Emotions, -Intellect. Certainly one is not better than the other and you may only have a
slight preference for one but that is the one you will select. If you find these questions difficult to answer
please call Kory in the Freshmen Career Exploration Center at 318-357-5927 for assistance.

Once you have completed the Personality Questionnaire you can view the results by clicking on Self
Awareness and then click on “Your Personality Strengths Results”.

My Personality Type is INTJ, according to the results of the Personality Questionnaire on TypeFocus™.
Under the tab TYPE: INTJ I get a brief description of my personality. I like it! This is really me!

If your results do not closely represent your personality then we recommend that you retake the
questionnaire until you get a better match. It is possible that you misunderstood some of the questions or
were not completely truthful in your original responses. For example, you may have heard that it is better
to “plan” than “wing it” but you may truly prefer to “wing it”.

To learn how your personality type is related to your learning style, decision making style and/or career
development contact Kory in the FCXC at 318-357-5927.
Exercise 1.3 When completing the questions, on this worksheet, please keep in mind, that this test only
indicates preferences. The Strengths Preference tab indicates, for example that I strongly prefer Thinking
over Feeling but this does not mean that feelings are not important to me. I have plenty of feelings and I am
interested in my how my students “feel” but in making final decisions I prefer to rely on reason and logic.

Use your Personality Strengths Results to answer the following questions.

What is your personality type? ________ Does the description, under “Type”, describe you? __________
What part is most like you? ________________________________________________________________
What part is least like you? ________________________________________________________________
Which of the Careers listed interest you? _____________________________________________________
When you click on each lettered tab you learn more about your strengths!
For I or E:
 What is your Key Word? __________________
 What are your Strengths? _______________________________________________________________
 Which of the Careers listed interest you? ___________________________________________________

For N or S:
 What is your Key Word? __________________
 What are your Strengths? _______________________________________________________________
 Which of the Careers listed interest you? ___________________________________________________

For T or F:
 What is your Key Word? __________________
 What are your Strengths? _______________________________________________________________
 Which of the Careers listed interest you? ___________________________________________________

For J or P:
 What is your Key Word? __________________
 What are your Strengths? _______________________________________________________________
 Which of the Careers listed interest you? ___________________________________________________

Do you see a pattern in your career interests? ________
Which careers did you list more than once in your above responses? ________________________________

Values, Interests, Skills
These are the final sections of the Self Awareness inventories. These are very brief checklist assessments.
To identify your Values, Interests, Skills, consider people, poems, music, art that you admire or that
communicate important messages. If you play role playing games what roles do you play? Do you enjoy the
games for the benefit of relaxation or do enjoy the problem solving? What did your Personality Type say
about your values, interests, and skills? If you like astrology what personality traits describe your
personality? For assistance with skill identification visit
For further reflection we recommend that you contact Kory in the FCXC at 318- 357 -5927.

To get started open up the Self-Awareness Inventories from the homepage, of TypeFocus™, and simply click
on the names of the assessments to proceed.

The Values Assessment should start out like the screen below.

After completing each assessment simply click on the name of each assessment to obtain the results.

Exercise 1.4 Use the results of the Values, Interests, Skills inventories to answer the following. Write only
the values, interests, and skills that you believe apply to you.

List and describe a Key Value that is critically important to you.

List and describe 3 Key Values that are important to you.

What are your unique interests?

What area of work interest did you choose?

List the work related interests that you would add to your unique interests.

List your People Skills

List your Thinking Skills

List your Data Processing Skills

List your General Skills

Step 2 – Exploration

Now you are ready to explore some career options that match your personality type, skills, interests, and
values. In the Self Awareness inventories, of TypeFocus™, you will find a section called Careers that fit your
strengths. Click on the heading For USA Information.

In this section choose at least 3 careers to explore. You can select all 3 from one area or one from each

For more options click on ALL THE CAREERS under Why not? You can save or remove careers by opening
up the descriptions and clicking on Save this career or Remove this career.

 If you have trouble with this section of TypeFocus™ please call Danyelle at 318-357-5570.

 Exercise 2.1 When you are finished you should have a list of 3 or more careers to explore. On 3 separate
 sheets of paper address the following for each career. Title each section, appropriately, and use your own
 words to briefly address each area. Only a couple sentences (at the most) is needed in each area. I have
 included an example for you to follow.
     • Name of Career
     • Nature of the Work
     • Working Conditions
     • Training, Other qualifications and Advancement
     • Related Occupations
     • Pros and Cons
     • Job Outlook
     • Salary

Career Exploration by Dorene J. Fox

Name of Career 1
Human resources specialists and managers

Nature of the Work
Involves attracting qualified employees and matching them to jobs for which they are well suited.

Working Conditions
Work generally takes place in a clean, comfortable, office but some managers travel extensively.

Training, Other qualifications and Advancement
Educational backgrounds vary considerably but employers generally seek college graduates who have majored in human resources,
personnel administration, or industrial and labor relations; others look for college graduates with technical or business backgrounds;
and some prefer graduates with well-rounded liberal arts educations.

Related Occupations
Other workers with skills and expertise in interpersonal relations may qualify for this position. Such occupations include
employment, rehabilitation, and college career planning and placement counselors; lawyers; psychologists; sociologists; social
workers; public relations specialists; and teachers.

Pros and Cons
I like the managing aspect but having to deal with complaints or grievances would become very tiresome. Also there does not
appear to be many opportunities for creative problem solving.

Job Outlook
Employment is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations especially in certain specialist positions.

Salary Average salary be part to be about $50,000 with specialists earning as much as in Step per year.
 These sheets will appears of your career portfolio which we will address $98,000 3.

When exploring careers it is important to consider outside factors in your life such as family support,
beliefs/faith, and finances. When your career path and your life are heading in the same direction you are
more likely to be successful in reaching your goals. To resolve any existing conflicts call Counseling and
Career Services at 318-357-5621 to meet with a career counselor.

The following online sites can provide additional information on careers.
  I.    ACE Website,
  II. Counseling and Career Services site,
  III. Watson Library Learning Express

The following campus resources offer additional assistance.
   I. The Freshmen Career Exploration Center (CXC) 233 Student Union (318) 357 – 5570, ask for Laura
   II. Counseling and Career Services, 305 Student Union (318) 357 – 5621
   III. Watson Library, ask for Abbie Landry, Head of Reference, 318-357-4574,
   IV. Your academic advisor

Step 3 - Decision Making

Now that you have explored your career options it is important to make a decision. Here are some quotes
from “A Common Place Book for Advisors” by Michael J. Leonard at
          “It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~Roy Disney
          “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” ~Neil Peart
            “Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.” ~Bertrand Russell

Now that you have examined yourself, your interests, and your values you should be ready to make a
decision. Making a decision is definitely more difficult than not making a decision but where will not
making a decision get you? Precious time, energy, and resources are being exhausted as you delay in
deciding on a career. Therefore, if you are still undecided please contact Laura at 318-357-5570.

Exercise 3.1 It is important, to develop a network of human resources to provide support and
encouragement as you continue your education. These individuals can be knowledgeable family and/or
friends, people who work in related careers, faculty in related disciplines, or staff from one of the campus
resources mentioned above. Contact at least 3 individuals on your support network and complete the
following table. Their signatures indicate that you met with them and discussed your career options.
Include your academic advisor and one other NSU faculty or staff member. If you need assistance please
contact my office by calling 318-357-6703 or by sending me an email at

 Name                        Phone                    Email                   Signature

Step 4 - Taking Action!

This step will involve the following based on the results of Steps 1 – 3.
           o Writing a Resume’
           o Starting a career portfolio
           o Choosing or confirming a major
           o Enrolling in appropriate courses
           o Building a network of Peer Support

Here is where you will establish your goals and get ready for the greatest adventure of your life! Here are
some quotes about education that explain why.

   “The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and
   the significance of his life to himself and to others.” ~Grayson Kirk

    “In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the
   rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is to learn how to learn.” ~John Naisbitt

   “I am convinced that it is of primordial importance to learn more every year than the year before. After all,
   what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn?” ~P. Ustinov

Therefore based on the results of Step 3 you are ready to choose or confirm a major, enroll in the
appropriate courses, build a network of peer support, and start your career portfolio.

Your orientation instructor will address writing a resume’ and building a career portfolio. It is becoming
more important to keep proof of your activities. More and more employers are looking for documentation
to support your credentials. Even after you are employed your employer may ask for documentation that
verifies additional development, community service, or publications.

Your Personal Mission Statement
According to Dr. Susan Thorson-Barnett, NSU Associate Professor of Psychology:
      “A personal mission statement is a brief description of what you want to focus on, what you
     want to accomplish and who you want to become in a particular area of your life over the next
     one to three years. It is a way to focus your energy, actions, behaviors and decisions towards
     the things that are most important to you.”

Below are some templates that she offers to get your started.
     "To ... [what you want to achieve, do or become] ... so that ... [reasons why it is important]. I
     will do this by ... [specific behaviors or actions you can use to get there]."

     "To develop and cultivate the qualities of ...[two to three values/character traits]... that I
     admire in ...[an influential person in your life]... so that ...[why you want to develop these

For more tips and templates visit
or call Laura in the CXC at 318-357-5570.

Exercise 4.1 Using one of the templates above or your own style write your personal mission statement.

Your Resume’ TypeFocus™ can help you build a resume’. On the homepage select option 3: Getting the
Job. You will see the following page. On this page choose Resume Wizard.

This will bring you to a page where you can add your information (click on the headings) and then
TypeFocus™ create a great looking resume’ using the information you provided.

Here are some suggestions for what you could include under each category but you will need to obtain
some proof to add to your portfolio. For additional help please contact Laura in the FCXC at 318-357-5570.
   • Work Experience: Any experience where you were compensated for your efforts such as house
       sitting, pet sitting, child care, lawn care, fast food employment, etc. For assistance with listing your
       responsibilities visit
   • Volunteer Experience: Any opportunity where you helped an individual or an organization such as a
       bake sale, a church project, or a civic organization project.
   •   Awards: Any awards for outstanding efforts or service can be included in this section.
   •   Certificates: Certificates that indicate completion of training or membership in an organization can
       be included here. You can include certificates for attending Student Success sessions here or for
       attending a student organization here. A recognized student organization participation form can be
       found at
   •   Accomplishments: Articles written for a paper or journal, creative works, websites developed,
       leadership roles, etc. can be included in this section.

To print your resume’ simply check     the areas you want to print and then click on the desired format (at
the very bottom).

Does your resume’ look bare? No problem. You will have plenty of time to fill in the blanks but don’t delay
in building your resume’. We’ll address how to start building your resume’ in Exercise 4.4.

Exercise 4.2 Create and print your resume’

Your Career Portfolio
Your career portfolio is a presentation of you and your accomplishments. It is also where you will store
documentation that supports your career path and your resume’. It is important to start your portfolio
early. Your career portfolio will help you reflect on your career development progress and will serve as a
tool for discussing your career development with your academic advisor. The Career Planning Timeline at demonstrates how your career portfolio fits in the scheme of your
development. Career portfolios can be maintained online, in a folder, or in a notebook. If you use an online
portfolio remember to keep all original documentation in a safe place and consider how your portfolio can
be shared with future academic advisors and/or employers.
What to include in your portfolio.
Categories                Primary documentation                           Additional support
Career Objectives         Personal Mission Statement                      Career Search Information
                          Resume’                                         Workplace Values/Interests
                          Degree Plan and other Goals                     Important Contact Information
Education                 Diplomas/Certificates/Transcripts               Course Syllabi/Grade Reports
Work Experience           Offers of Employment/Job Descriptions           Performance Evaluations
Volunteer Experience      Membership Certificates                         Programs/Thank You
 Awards                    Awards/Letters of Support                      News Articles
 Certificates              For Development/Service/Attendance             Handouts or Programs
 Accomplishments           Published Articles/Final Products              Pictures or Commendations
 Transferable Skills       Writing/Problem Solving Samples                TypeFocus Results

For more ideas visit or contact
Laura in the FCXC at 318-357-5570.

An online portfolio is already started, for you, on TypeFocus. Open 3: Getting the Job from the homepage
and click on Career Portfolio.

To print areas, not covered by your resume’, simply check the desired materials and select web report, at
the bottom of the screen. The web report will give you the opportunity to print the materials.

Exercise 4.3 Collect the appropriate documentation and establish your career portfolio.
Exercise 4.4 Complete items I – III, below, and bring your portfolio to your meeting with your advisor.

I. Complete the following trial schedule.
  Name                                              SID
  Career                                            Major
  Year/Page Number of Curriculum in College Catalog
  Using the Class Schedule booklet develop a schedule of classes that matches your career goals and lifestyle.

         Course             Number         Credit        Section         Days        Time         Pre-Req

  For a back-up plan write an alternative schedule of classes.

         Course             Number         Credit        Section         Days        Time         Pre-Req

II. It is important that you develop a peer network for living and learning. Therefore check out the Office of
    Student Organizations website at select some
    appropriate organization categories from the drop down list and fill in the following table with
    information about two or more Student Organizations you will visit and consider joining or will continue
    membership in throughout the Spring semester.
      Student Organization               Advisor                              Contact Information

III. Review your resume’ and portfolio and write three goals to accomplish by the end of the Spring
     semester to enhance your portfolio presentation. See the next page for examples. Use back if needed.

Advisor Suggestions:

________________________                                                         ____________________
Advisor’s Signature                                                              Date
Here are some examples of goals you could write:
   I will volunteer to help the Shepherd Center deliver food baskets over the Christmas holidays.
   I will attend a success session on “How to Learn” during the Spring Semester.
   I will attend the Leadership conference offered by my church in April.
   Starting, today, I will play no more than 4 hours of online games per week.

These goals need definite starting times or deadlines and they will only be effective if taken seriously.
Therefore it is very wise to write down goals that you want to accomplish and intend to accomplish.
Additionally, your Academic advisor will review these goals and your portfolio before course registration
during the Spring semester.

If you need assistance with writing these goals please contact Laura in the CXC at 318-357-5570.

You have completed the career exploration process! We hope you found this to be a rewarding experience
and we welcome any feedback you might have for improving this guide. If you completed the entire
workbook and would like to receive a certificate of completion you can send us an email at
or you can bring this guide to the FCXC, room 233 of the Student Union, M, W – F, 9 a.m to 4 p.m

Exercise 5.1 Complete the Advising Survey at the end of this guide.
 “The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and
the significance of his life to himself and to others.” ~Grayson Kirk

ACE Contact Information
  Dr. Dorene J. Fox, Executive Director of ACE, Professor, 318-357-6703, Student Union Room 100
Career Exploration Center,
  Student Union Room 233, 318-357-5927 or 318-357-5570
ACE Advisors
  Ms. Catherine Faucheaux, University College, 318-357- 4460, 239 Kyser Hall
  Ms. Jamila Maxie, College of Nursing, 318-357 - 5963, 205 South Hall
  Dr. Kimberly McAlister, College of Education, Coordinator, 318-357-5553, Teacher Ed. Ctr Pod B-107
  Dr. T. Davina McClain, Director of Scholars’ College, Associate Professor, 318-357-4577, 110 Morrison Hall
  Dr. Paul Nagel, College of Education, Assistant Professor, 318-357-6599, Teacher Ed. Ctr Pod B-105
  Ms. Martha Stanton, University College, 318- 357- 6488, 239 Kyser Hall
  Dr. Terrence Vinson, University College, 318-357 - 4172, 239 Kyser Hall

Colby-Sawyer College, Harrington Center for Career and Academic Advising, Career Portfolio,
Gore, P., University of Utah, Best Practices in Promoting Career and Academic Success, NCDA Workshop, St. Louis MO, June 2009
La Bom, T., NSU Counseling and Career Services, How to Write a Resume
Leonard, M. J., Pennsylvania State University, A Common Place Book for Advisors,
NACADA Commission on Undecided and Exploratory Students,
Nelles, R., Proof of Performance – How to Build a Career Portfolio to Land a Great New Job, Impact Publications, 2001
NSU Counseling and Career Services, Career Planning Timeline
Phifer, P., Grand Rapids Community College, 4-Step Career Development Process, NCDA Presentation, St. Louis MO, July 2009
Thorson-Barnett, S., Northwestern State University, SU Assistant Professor of Psychology, Essential Components of a Career Portfolio, NSU
  Presentation,, Natchitoches LA, June 2009
                                          Academic Advising Survey

The following survey has been developed to provide data for the Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) Initiative.
This information will not be used in making faculty personnel assessments and many topics may be inapplicable but
your input is vital for measuring the success of our efforts and for improving our programs.

Date: ________________________             Orientation Name/section: ________________________________

 Please rate how well the following were addressed, this semester, by your academic advisor, as related to your
success at NSU. If unsure or item was not significantly addressed mark N/A.
                                          Very Satisfied     Satisfied  Average     Below Average         N/A
1. Academic Strengths
2. Academic Challenges
3. Personal Challenges
4. Educational Goals
5. Personal Goals
6. Available Student Services
7. Student Activities
8. Student Organizations
9. Student Success Sessions
10. The NSU registration process
11. Deadlines for course drop/add
12. Implications of learning style
13. Implications of personality type
14. Your career portfolio

Please rate your satisfaction with your academic advisor on the following.
                                                                Very Satisfied   Satisfied   Average     Below
15.  Shows concern for my success.
16.  Listens and respects my opinions.
17.  Is available when I need assistance.
18.  Provides me with accurate information
19.  Respects my right to make my own decisions.
20.  Encourages me to take an active role in
    planning my academic program.
21. Encourages me to achieve my educational goals.
22. Is on-time for appointments with me.
23. Is approachable, courteous and easy to talk to.
24. Refers me to appropriate sources for additional
   information or assistance.

25. If you would recommend your advisor, to other students, please name your advisor.

26. Do you have any suggestions for improving the advising process?