EXTRA! Beyond Career Interest

The JVIS measures interests, not abilities or qualifications. A high score on a JVIS Basic Interest Scale means that you are interested in activities related to the scale. It does not mean that you have the training, qualifications, or abilities to perform the activities. Look to other sources, including your past record of achievement, for this type of information.

Consider your physical and mental abilities, skills, and other qualifications as they relate to the jobs you explore. While many people do not have as much confidence in their abilities as they should, it is possible to overestimate one's chances of success. Take a realistic inventory of your skills and qualifications.

Along with information about your interests, skills, abilities, and qualifications, consider your personal preferences and values regarding work. How do you feel about travel? Are you willing to work long hours in order to advance your career, or would you rather work in a laid-back setting and spend more time with friends and family? Working conditions are also important to consider. Is the work performed in comfortable office conditions? Would you have to stand for long periods of time?

Many preferences will be revealed in JVIS Basic Interest Scales, particularly the Work Style scales. Other examples of values and preferences appear below. Our intent is not to give you a complete list, but to demonstrate the importance of things like these when planning your education and career.

Think about how much you value the following.

  • Moral, Political, or Religious Beliefs
  • Public Contact
  • Compensation
  • Opportunities for Advancement
  • Challenge
  • Travel
  • Working Conditions
  • Family Role and Responsibilities
  • Hobbies