Counseling & Services

Career Assessment Tools


Whether you have many years of experience or are unsure of your career direction, the Center for Career Education (CCE) can partner with you to further develop awareness of your skills, values, interests, and personality traits. Assessment tools can help you gain a better understanding of yourself, expand your career options, find a good match with employers, and identify strengths for the ever-shifting workplace. Self-assessment can be conducted informally (through worksheets) or formally through standardized career assessment tools. Working with a career counselor on self-assessment is also extremely useful, and we encourage you to schedule a 30-minute appointment to discuss if, and which, assessments are right for you.

Informal Self-Exploration

Paper and Pencil Assessments

To get started, the "Explore" section of CCE's Career Planning Guide offers several activities to help you think about these areas and to start to connect your preferences to career options. Complete them on your own or discuss them with a CCE career counselor by scheduling an appointment. A PDF version of these activities, should you wish to print them out, can be found here.

Card Sorts

You may wish to conduct a "card sorting" activity with a CCE career counselor. Card sorts are interactive tools to help you identify and prioritize your skills or career values. They can be conducted in-person during an appointment with a career counselor.

Skills Card Sorts may help you with:

  • Identifying your interest in using certain skills in a potential career
  • Selecting a career or expanding career options
  • Adding insight to improve professional relationships

Career Values Card Sorts may help you with:

  • Prioritizing your values in a career
  • Identifying how your values may have changed in the past, and how they may change in the future
  • Adding insight to improve professional relationships

Formal Guided Exploration

To supplement your independent self-exploration, CCE offers two standardized formal online tools which can help in your assessment process: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory.

The MBTI may help you with:

  • Identifying your personality preferences
  • Selecting a career or expanding career options
  • Adding insight to improve professional relationships
  • Enhancing your ability to lead and work with others in team-based environments
  • Evaluating your innate personality and understanding of how your tendencies work together to shape your communication, information-gathering, decision-making and organizational styles

The Strong Interest Inventory may help you with:

  • Exploring and identifying careers related to your interests
  • Choosing education and training options that match your interests
  • Determining your preferred learning environment
  • Understanding your leadership, risk-taking and teamwork preferences

These tools are meant to be a starting point to help you in the self-exploration process. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss the contribution an assessment inventory might make to your career exploration and planning. If you and your counselor decide you would benefit from the process, you will receive a copy of instructions for online administration and payment processes. When you finish the online assessment, you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with a qualified MBTI/STRONG career counselor to receive and review your results.