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Career assessment tools
Uncover your career possibilities
Career assessment is a way to learn more about how well a variety of careers might suit you. Different types of assessments focus on specific areas, such as skills, interests, or values. Typically, an assessment asks you to answer questions about what you like, don’t like, what is important to you, and what your strengths are.
Since assessment results may relate to as many as 900 different occupations, don’t panic if your results include careers that don’t interest you. Experts recommend that you take more than one assessment to broaden your ideas before you make a decision. It can also be helpful to talk with a career counselor, family, and friends before making a career decision.
Ways to discover what best suits you
Explore your interests Accordion Closed
Consider how your everyday interests can be integrated into a major or career.
Explore your values Accordion Closed
Values are very important when it comes to choosing a career. Values relate to the culture of a work environment.
Explore your skills Accordion Closed
Explore the two types of skill sets that employers seek: interpersonal skills and functional/technical skills.
Explore your personality Accordion Closed
Discover your everyday behavior and preferences to help find a career that best suits your personality.
Explore your needs and wants Accordion Closed
Take into account outside factors that could influence your decision of a career.
Explore your career possibilities Accordion Closed
Understand the relationship between majors and careers and consider careers that typically correlate with certain majors.
- What can I do with this major?
- Occupation search
- Search or browse careers
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
- NAU Career Guide: Informational Interviewing (PDF)
- The Smart Axe Guide to Careers: How can informational interviewing benefit me? (And what is it?!)
- The Campus Career Coach: Informational Interviewing (PDF)
Explore your strengths Accordion Closed
Succeed by discovering and developing what you naturally do best.
- NAU Career Development: Start with Strengths
- VIA Character Assessment
- Interest Profiler