What is FOCUS?
FOCUS delivers a cutting edge career exploration and education planning system designed
exclusively for post-secondary institutions. Originally created in 1987, modeled after
IBM Corporation's pioneering work in the development of career planning systems. Dr.
Donald Super was the chief architect. Team members included Dr. Roger A. Myers of
Columbia University, Dr. David Tiedeman of Harvard and Dr. Frank J. Minor of IBM as
the Project Director. Research results cited by the American Psychological Association
and the University of Michigan showed that FOCUS is "most recommended by career counselors,
is simple and easy to use, has more of a focus on the user, faster to use, most affordable,
comprehensive, and great support from the Career Dimensions staff". A NACE survey
showed that FOCUS is one of the top three most used systems.
MTSU students can use this to bring their career into FOCUS with the online assessment.
Activities include the Work Interest Inventory, skills and values assessments as well
as a place to record their career and educational goals, academic strengths and more.