Assessments can help you clarify your interests, strengths, gifts, values, personality type, and preferences. This is an essential part of discerning your calling, choosing a major, and exploring career direction.
O*NET Career Exploration Tools
O*NET is the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database contains hundreds of occupation-specific descriptors, and is continually updated with feedback from a broad range of workers in each occupation. This database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations and careers. It also provides the basis for the Career Exploration Tools listed below. It allows users to make connections between their interests, work values, and abilities and the requirements of occupations in their local labor market.
O*NET Ability Profiler: Individuals can use the O*NET Ability Profiler to identify strengths as well as areas for additional training and education, and to identify occupations that fit their abilities.
O*NET Interest Profiler: A self-assessment career exploration tool that can help students discover work activities and occupations that they would like and find exciting. They can use their interest results to explore the world of work.
O*NET Work Importance Locator / Profiler: This self-assessment allows users to identify what is important to them in a job and identify occupations that may be satisfying based on the similarity between their work values (such as achievement, autonomy, and conditions of work) and the characteristics of the occupations.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) measures your level of interest in school subjects, occupational areas, work and leisure activities, and various learning and work environments.*
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is designed to help you identify your strengths and unique gifts, discover areas for potential growth, and develop an understanding of and appreciation for people different from you.*
*The Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments cost $20 each. Before paying the fee, you will need to meet with a career counselor to discuss which assessment is right for you. Upon payment, you will be emailed a link to the online assessment(s). To receive your results, schedule an assessment-interpretation appointment with a career counselor. Be sure to mention which assessment(s) you completed so that your report will be ready when you arrive.
Keep in Mind
Career assessments are a good place to begin your career exploration, but assessments are not meant to tell you what career you should pursue. Use the assessment information to create a list of job titles for further research. Your detailed research, along with networking and personal experiences, will guide you in your career decision-making.