The key to choosing an appropriate career direction is to identify some critical information about yourself, how that information relates to various careers, and how well those various careers will meet your individual needs.
Questions you may be asking yourself include:
- What interests me?
- What do I value?
- What am I good at doing?
- How do my personal characteristics and interests relate to career choices?
Exploring these questions through assessment tools will help you discover more about yourself and guide you to careers most appropriate for you. A little time spent now to increase your knowledge about yourself and the world of work can save you considerable time, money and effort in the long run.
The following assessment tools are offered by our office. We recommend that you use more than one career assessment tool and strongly encourage you to seek assistance in interpreting and discussing the results.
Learn more about yourself through the occupations sorter (Occ-u-Sort), skills inventory (Micro Skills Inventory), and a brief personality inventory (True Colors). Through utilization of your assessment results, Eureka will suggest potential careers for you. You can save all results on your profile and log-in whenever you want. The system also features in-depth information about specific occupations, graduate programs, scholarships/grants, financial aid, international careers, and more. Over 4,000 colleges & universities are represented.
*Fresno State students can contact Career Development Center for the Eureka Site ID code.
CareerLeader– College (CL–C)***
CareerLeader–College (CL-C) is a comprehensive business career inventory that identifies one’s interests, abilities, potential weaknesses and motivators within the work environment. CL-C compares your results to over 30 business careers and gives insight into your ideal career path.
***In order to access the CL-C assessment tool online, contact Rita Bocchinfuso-Cohen, Director, at 559.278.2381 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about registration for this assessment.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter (abbreviated version of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a personality instrument that helps you discover your personality type and how you relate to others in your work environment. This insight is useful when selecting a career or choosing a work environment that meets your needs.
Self-Directed Search (SDS)****
The SDS was developed by Dr. John Holland, whose theory of careers is the basis for many of the career inventories used today. Holland's theory states that most people can be loosely classified into six different groups: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Occupations and work environments can also be classified by the same categories; therefore, you can select appropriate careers that best match your types.
****SDS is administered in the paper/pencil format where a Counselor can generate a personalized report or you can take the test online at California Career Zone within the “Assess Yourself” section.