"But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work."
Having a working knowledge of your personality, values, interests, and skills is essential to your career development. Each of these affects how you choose, pursue and function within your perspective career.
Fortunately, there are some excellent assessment tools to help you get to know yourself better, and consequently, be able to recognize job situations that will best suit you. The following assessments can be taken at the Career Resource Center. Each tool has it strengths and weaknesses, and no one tool can capture all of who you are as a developing person.
- Self-Directed Search (local and distance students)
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (local students only)
- Vocational Preference Inventory (local students only)
- Career Assessment Inventory (local students only)
- Strong Interest Inventory (local students only)
- Career Values Survey (available to local and distance students)
- Kuder Assessments (local and distance students)
Some worksheets and online assessment tools are also listed below to get you started if you prefer to work on your own at this point. Read the description for each tool and select those that you think will be most helpful to you. Most of them are free, while others offer a basic free component with a more extensive descriptive report available for, in most cases, a nominal fee. For interpretation of your results, an integrated profile report based on the assessments you have taken, or if you just want to talk with someone about what you discovered about yourself, contact the Career Resource Center.
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Clues for Clarifying Your Interests
Start thinking about what interests you and what is important to you. Answer questions such as "What would I go out and do if I knew I would not fail?" View printable worksheet
Imagine you had five lifetimes to live. What would you do? What are your dream jobs? View printable worksheet
Here is a list of sample career areas to start the brainstorming process.
Career Direct Complete Guidance System
Developed by Crown Financial Ministries this fee-based service offers a biblical perspective on career assessment. This includes assessment of values, interests, skills and personality.
The Holland Career Interests Game
This simple game is designed to help match your interests and skills with similar careers. University of Missouri-Columbia has created a separate Web page for each of the six different Holland groups: Realistic, Artistic, Investigative, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.
The SDS, developed by John Holland, can help you find careers or educational programs that match your own skills and interests. This fee-based assessment tool is very well-known and very popular among career counselors. The test takes only 15-20 minutes to complete online. This is also available through the Regent University Career Resource Center.
Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential
This will help you explore career options that match your interests and direct you in what educational courses to take to enter those fields. A basic free assessment is offered with minimal descriptive feedback. More extensive interpretive feedback packages are offered for prices ranging from $19.95- $129.95.
Jackson Vocational Interests Survey
This is a comprehensive vocational interest survey that looks at academic, interpersonal and personality variables as well. A descriptive and basic interpretive report can be purchased for $19.95.
Career Focus 2000 Interest Inventory
This is a free instrument that will match your stated skills and interests to occupational fields.
Adult Personal Conflict Style Inventory
This free online survey will calculate your preferred method of dealing with conflict. This will assist you in understanding how your conflict styles may affect your work relationships.
Informational Interviewing Guide
This unique tool gives you a brief protocol for interviewing people who are currently working in your prospective career. This would be good to use for job-shadowing experiences or internships.
Motivation and fulfillment are other areas to consider when exploring career options. This worksheet can help you identify what is important to you in the world of work.
Work Environment Worksheet
Would you like to work for a big company or small company? Would you like to work for a well-established organization or a start-up? View worksheet
The Career Key
This is a good all-around career assessment site that focuses on personality. It should be used as a supplement to the Occupational Outlook Handbook as it is based on the Holland's Career Choice Theory. It is provided in other languages such as Spanish (paper form only), Korean and Arabic.
TypeFocus™ Personality Type Profile — Discover your personality type strengths and how they relate to careers. Average time for questionnaire is 8 minutes. Free.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II
You're invited to take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II—the fun, interesting and revealing test that tells you if you're an Artisan, Guardian, Rational or Idealist. This is the same test used in career development programs at Fortune 500 companies and in counseling centers and career placement centers at major universities. You will get a free temperament description and will then have the opportunity to buy the 10-page character report for your type.
This worksheet can help you identify the skills you have and narrow the list of skills you want to use in the future.
Take a Typing Test Online
Determine your typing speed and accuracy online. Games and software are available as well. This is a good way to brush up on or improve an essential transferable skill.
The Skill Barometer
A great way to match the skills you have or identify the skills you need to develop for your future career.
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
An online questionnaire to help you discover the gifts God has given you.
Job Hunter's Bible
Choose from several different personality type assessments.
CSD O*Net Tutorial
Use this tutorial to discover valuable online assessments and information from the U.S. Department of Labor about job fit, career preparation and job market trends.
The Riley's Guide to Complete Career Assessment
Self-assessment is a process by which you learn more about yourself—what you like, what you don't like and how you tend to react to certain situations. Knowing these things can help you determine what occupations might fit you better than others and what kind of work situation might work better for you. Find many resources, guides and assessment tests here.