Values, Interest, Personality, & Skills
Step One: Take one or more assessments below to assist you with career exploration. Be sure to save or screenshot your results!
Values: What are the most important things for you to have in life after you graduate? Some folks want to earn a living to support their family or even retire early. Some want security or stability in their careers. Others want power, prestige, or the ability to continue advancing in their field. Or maybe they would rather have creativity and independence over making a large income.
It is important to identify and to consider your values as you approach career decisions since your work will influence the ways in which you can live out your values.
Assessment: Life Values Inventory
Interest: Interests are things you LIKE to do. It is likely you won't use all your interests within your career, but if you really enjoy a certain task or activity, you are likely to stick with it long enough to master it. Think about how you can incorporate your interests into your major and career planning. It will be easier to stay motivated!
Assessment: O-Net Interest Profiler based on John Holland’s Strong Interest Inventory
Personality: Personality is your way of doing things—your style. This includes things like whether you need to be around people or need quiet time to recharge your energy level. How do you process information? Are you detail or big-picture oriented? How do you make decisions? Are you one who uses your head or your heart? Do you prefer your time to be scheduled or spontaneous? Careers can be more comfortable for people with complementary personalities.
Assessment: Myers-Brigg Type Inventory (MBTI)
Skills: Skills are those things you do well. These can be natural talents, strengths, or the abilities you have acquired through education or training. The abilities you do well and LOVE are called motivated skills. You may have skills using data and information, working with equipment or things, or valuable people skills.
If you struggle to identify your skills, ask yourself what you do well, where you have been successful, or even where others have sought out your help. These are your skills and strengths!
Assessment: O-Net Skills Search