Career assessments are designed to help you better understand and clarify your values, interests and skills. Sometimes, these assessments uncover something new while in other cases, they confirm what we already know about ourselves.
Before you begin, it's important to understand a few key points about career assessments:
1. Career assessments are not a test. There is no right or wrong answer.
2. Career assessments do not tell you what you should be or do with your career. They provide you with occupations or majors that you might be interested in, skilled in and/or find value in, based on how you answer questions.
3. Career assessments are the first step in a career exploration process. After completing an assessment, please consider attending a workshop, dropping by our drop-in hours and/or making a counseling appointment to review your results and create a plan for your next steps.
Tips to maximize your results:
Okay! Now that we have that cleared up, let's get started!
Assess your Interests: what things you enjoy (or do not enjoy)
Step 1: Go to: www.cacareerzone.org
Step 2: For best results, select "California Flash"
Step 3: Click on "Assess yourself"
Step 4: Click on "Interest Profiler"
Step 5: Click on "Go" next to "start a new interest profiler"
Step 6: Read the Interest Profiler Instructions and click "Next".
Step 7: Record your top three interest areas and click "View Occupations"
Read more about your Interest Area meanings (otherwise known as Holland Codes or the RAISEC Scale) here. Information courtesy of Cal State East Bay.
Have questions? Come by our drop-in hours or a workshop to learn more!
Assess your Skills: what things you are good at doing
Step 1: www.careeronestop.org
Step 1: Click on "Explore Careers"
Step 2: Click on "Find Assessments"
Step 3: Click on "Skills Profiler"
Step 4: Click on "Start your Skills Profiler"
Assess your Values: what things are important to you
Step 1: Click here to access the values assessment (courtesy of University of South Dakota)
Step 2: Enter your first name
Step 3: Rate each value using the options provided in the drop-down menu
Step 4: Click "Calculate"
The numbers in Blue indicate your top values, Green indicates values you would like to have, and Red indicates values that are not as important to you.
Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org, stop by our drop-in hours or a workshop! Check out our calendar here.