Student Outreach Services also provides personal and professional assessment tools to assist in determining or confirming a major, skill sets, or abilities at Hendrix by using self-testing such as the:
Coping Resources Inventory
- The Coping Resources Inventory (CRI) tells you about resources you have that can help you handle the stress that is a natural part of life. Resources are more than just the specific coping mechanisms or coping strategies that you use when you are under stress. While specific coping strategies help you to feel better at the time, resources are more powerful and enduring. Resources are reserves that you can draw on. These reserves are the result of continually or habitually using certain behaviors or ways of thinking. Having a high level of coping resources, therefore, can help you :
- limit the ill effects of stress
- recover faster from a stressful event
Career Factors Inventory
- The Career Factors Inventory (CFI) utilizes four scales representing the factors that can keep you from making career decisions. The scales are arranged into two categories: one includes the factors that indicate lack of information about a topic or lack of self-knowledge and the other, the factors that indicate difficulty in decision-making. Such difficulties result from an emotional barrier, such as anxiety, that keeps a person from reaching a decision. One factor or a combination of the four factors may contribute to a person's inability to make career decisions.
Interest/Skills Check List
- Using the Interest and Skills Checklist, your interests and skills are summarized using a four-box matrix. Each box of the matrix highlights a different pattern of interests and skills revealing a unique profile and compares interests with skills. The Career Types within each category reflects patterns of interests and skills. The six types utilized are based on psychologist John Holland`s theory of career choice (1992), one of the most widely researched and recognized theories of career behavior. The information that follows the summary helps interpret results and provides tips for directing a Career Change. The matrix categories are:
- Highest Priority, Both interested and skilled
- Worth Developing, Interested but little skill
- Worth Reconsidering, Skilled but little interest
- Lowest Priority, Little interest and little skill
Myer-Briggs Type Indicator
- Please note that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is available through the Miller Center office. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator® assessment, knowledge of personality type and how it is used to make people more effective are used by many organizations, large and small throughout the world. "Since type provides a framework for understanding individual differences, and provides a dynamic model of individual development, it has found wide application in the many functions that compose an organization," Gordon Lawrence and Charles Martin, Building People, Building Programs (CAPT 2001).
Strong Interest Inventory
- A powerful tool that can help you make satisfying decisions about your career and education. Whether you are just starting out in your career, thinking about a change, or considering education options for career preparation, you can benefit from the wealth of information reflected in your Strong results. Understanding your Strong Profile can help you identify a career focus and begin your career planning and exploration process.
- Strong measures interests, not skills or abilities, and that the results can help guide you toward rewarding careers, work activities, education programs, and leisure activities-all based on your interests. As you review your Profile, remember that managing your career is not a one-time decision but a series of decisions made over your lifetime.
Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI)
- The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) assesses an individual's behavior in conflict situations-that is, situations in which the concerns of two people appear to be incompatible. In conflict situations, we can describe a person's behavior along two basic dimensions*: (1) assertiveness, the extent to which the individual attempts to satisfy his or her own concerns, and (2) cooperativeness, the extent to which the individual attempts to satisfy the other person's concerns. These two dimensions of behavior can be used to define five methods of dealing with conflict.
Work Engagement Profile
- The Work Engagement Profile (WEP) measures key factors that keep you engaged in your work. By engagement, we mean the energy and thought you put into your work. By work, we mean both the activities you perform and their intended purpose. When you are engaged in your work, you take steps to ensure that your activities are effective in accomplishing their purpose. It is a tool used to evaluate self-management. As depicted, self-management involves four steps:
- Committing to a meaningful work purpose-one that is worth your effort
- Choosing activities that you believe will best accomplish the purpose
- Making sure that you are performing those activities competently
- Ensuring that your activities are making progress toward the purpose
Work/Life Values Check List
- In the Work/Life Values Assessment, having a clear sense of your values is critical to your career development and will help you make satisfying choices. Values contribute significantly to a sense of fulfillment or meaning in life. Alternatively, when values are thwarted, people often report feeling that they are "living life on a treadmill" or that they are "burned out." Do you feel either of these ways now? Your results from the Work/Life Values Checklist should help you sort out what is important in both your work and your life. You can use these results to find out why a current job is not satisfying - why you may feel burned out - or to help you evaluate different career and life choices.
All assessments are free to currently enrolled students. Schedule an appointment with the Director of Student Outreach Services to participate.
Operation Reach Out
We have students struggling with needs they are unable to meet. To assist in minimizing some of their external, non-academic stressors, SOS strives to provide basic care items (generously donated by several faculty and staff members) upon referral or request.
In addition, SOS analyzes need for financial sponsorship on a case-by-case basis for academic necessities. A complete financial assessment is required to be eligible for the program.
Finally, though most students go home or visit friends or relatives during the holidays, not all are able to do so. Some international students, athletes, low income students, and others find that they must remain on campus when everything is closed. SOS provides a holiday meal to those who notify.
SOS also collects new or gently used clothing, accessories, and shoes for students in need. These donations are laundered or cleaned prior to student ownership. Sizes available vary from Small to XXX-Large with an emphasis on Medium, Large, and X-Large.
SOS provides limited transportation for students in need. SOS can assist in connecting you to where you need to go.