Career Assessments

Career Assessments

Career success word collageNo career assessment can tell you “what to be” or “what to do,” but the good ones can give you excellent insight into “who you are” to help you decide which majors, occupations, and career fields you might want to explore further.

Below you’ll find our favorite assessments to help students get insight into their interests, personal style, values, and skills. 

For some of these assessments, your first step is to meet with a career counselor. To make an appointment, contact the Counseling Center in Building 1, Room 103 or call (541) 463-3700. For other tools, you can simply complete them on your own OR come into the Career Exploration Center for assistance (Building 1, Room 103).

O*NET Interests Profiler

This is a FREE self-directed interest inventory that identifies your work-related interests; the results suggest career fields and occupations you might want to explore further, based on your interests. It contains 60 questions about work activities that some people do on their jobs. To take this inventory:

  1. Download the Exploring Interests with O*NET Worksheet so you can summarize and reflect on your results. Step 2 on this sheet shows you how to explore other occupations that match your interests.
  2. Access the O*NET Interests Profiler online.
  3. Follow the instructions to identify your top "Interest Areas," select the level of education you plan to achieve, and discover related occupations to explore.
  4. Print your results, as needed.
  5. We strongly encourage you to gain further insight and clarify any questions by discussing your results with a career counselor or career advisor.

Strong Interest Inventory

This inventory is one of the most highly respected and researched career assessments available. After surveying your likes and dislikes, the results include career fields, occupations, and college majors that you might want to explore further, based on your interests. The "Strong" is used with students in career counseling. To take this inventory:

  1. Meet with a career counselor for an initial career counseling appointment.
  2. Pay the $15 fee.
  3. Your counselor will email you a link to the assessment website.
  4. Meet with your career counselor to interpret and discuss your results.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Through a series of questions, this tool helps you identify your natural preferences in four different areas of personality. Understanding your personality type provides insight to help with decisions related to career choice and preferred work environments. The "MBTI" is used with students in career counseling. To take this assessment:

  1. Meet with a career counselor for an initial career counseling appointment.
  2. Pay the $17 fee.
  3. Complete the “paper” inventory, following your counselor’s instructions.
  4. Meet with your career counselor to interpret and discuss your results.

Kerwin Values Survey

This tool provides insight into your career-related values and what’s important to you in your career and work environments. It’s a card sort that results in your prioritized “must have,” “would like to have,” and “want to avoid” work values. To take this survey:

  1. Meet with a career counselor or career advisor for an initial career counseling appointment.
  2. Come to the Career Exploration Center to complete the card sort and summary sheet.
  3. Meet with your career counselor or career advisor to review and discuss your results.

SKILLS

This tool—a card sort—helps you explore occupations based on skills you like to use and want to use in your future work. It also helps you recognize how you can transfer skills between occupations. To take this assessment:

  1. Come to the Career Exploration Center to complete the card sort, enter your skills into the Oregon Career Information System’s SKILLS program, and print your results.
  2. Meet with a career advisor or career counselor to review and discuss your results.