News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 16, 2012

Harrison College launches career assessment tool


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Harrison College is launching a career assessment tool designed to assist people with identifying careers that match their interests and personalities. The tool is available to the public, free of charge.

The college, which has provided career-focused education since 1902, has seen a rise in the number of adults returning to college during the economic downturn in an effort to improve their prospects in an increasingly competitive job market. The college is offering the tool to the public to help those adults better focus their career objectives and understand how higher education may play a part in helping them reach their career goals.

“Many displaced workers are coming to the realization that they may have to change careers to find employment, but they aren’t sure what they want to do or what they might be good at,” Jason Konesco, Harrison College president, said. “This career assessment tool is designed to help the user better understand their strengths and ambitions, corresponding careers, and a path for pursuing those careers.”

The tool is a multiple choice questionnaire that takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Upon completion, users receive a summary that identifies careers that best fit their interests and personalities, average salaries for those careers, and programs of study that can lead to employment in those careers. Not all of the programs of study are offered at Harrison College.

“Tools like the Career Assessment are vital to ensuring individuals have the know-how and resources they need to succeed in today’s working world,” Scott Miller, president & CEO of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, said. “Building a strong, competitive workforce is a key element in attracting and retaining quality jobs throughout Central Indiana and I applaud Harrison College for their work on this important initiative.”

To access the Career Assessment Tool, users should go to www.

harrison.edu/careerfocused.