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Students often ask us if we have any “tests,” or assessments, that will tell them which careers would be a good match for them. 

An assessment won't give you all the answers or specify for you exactly what career to pursue. But it can provide some insights into who you are, along with some action steps that may be helpful to you as you explore options and, ultimately, make decisions about your academic and career pursuits. 

Career assessments can also help you achieve a key Career Management learning outcome: the ability to thoughtfully describe your values, interests, personality, skills, strengths, values, and identity.

There is no cost to taking any of these assessments. To understand the assessments listed below further, which one(s) may be a good option for you, and how to access them, make an appointment with a career counselor.

Interests

SuperStrong

The SuperStrong Assessment
The SuperStrong Assessment is a shortened, and mobile-friendly version of the Strong Interest Inventory. For entry into the SuperStrong Assessment use the access code: "CLACareerServices". This interest-based assessment helps you see where your interests intersect with potential major and career possibilities and your results will include various resources to guide further exploration. You can talk about your results with your CLA academic advisor or one of CLA’s career counselors to help you connect your interests to your career exploration and planning process.

The newly revised Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and the Skills Confidence Inventory are administered together. The SII will assess your interests, not your personality or values. The Skills Confidence Inventory will assess the way you perceive your ability to perform certain tasks. It does not assess your potential to develop those abilities. The results will identify occupations that may align with your interests, and will assess your confidence about doing some of those activities. The Strong Interest Inventory differs from the SuperStrong in that the results will give more detailed suggestions of occupations that may align with your interests, and will assess your confidence about doing activities related to your interests. Make an appointment with a career counselor if you are interested in taking this assessment.

You can compare your SII or SuperStrong results to U of M majors and areas of study. Check out the CAPE Major Profies (sorted by RIASEC Code) to see how your Strong results align with majors offered at the U of M.

Use Your Strong or SuperStrong Results to Research Academic Options

Learn how your Strong Interest Inventory and/or SuperStrong results connect to UMN majors and areas of study.

Personality

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assesses some of your personality traits and preferences. The results suggest majors, careers, and work environments that might be a good match for you. The Myers-Briggs focuses on four personality areas: Your mental focuses and what energizes you, how you process information, how you make decisions, and how you respond to the outside world. Make an appointment with a career counselor if you are interested in taking this assessment.

Skills

Use this free Skills Card Sort to help you identify what skills give you energy and what skills deplete you. Make an appointment with a career counselor to further understand how the skills exercise relates to your career development. In addition, check out the CLA Core Career Competencies list and identify what competencies you’ve already developed and which ones you would like to continue to develop.

Strengths

StrengthsFinder is an assessment that helps you identify your top five strengths and how to utilize them in your daily life, academics, and career. You can request a code by making an appointment with a career counselor to discuss self exploration. After taking the assessment we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your results.

Values

Use this free Values Card Sort to identify what is most important to you in your career and life. Make an appointment with a career counselor to further understand how the values exercise relates to your career development.

CLA Core Career Competencies

Beyond the assessments listed below you can use the reflection questions in our Core Career Competencies guide to think about specific ways you can continue building each of the competencies and identify the ones you’re most confident about.

RATE is an innovative online tool that is a core element of career readiness. It is a reflective learning and self-assessment activity that guides you through the process of thoroughly Reflecting on, Articulating, Translating, and Evaluating your diverse experiences. It helps you focus on the Core Career Competencies you are developing in and out of the classroom. RATE helps you tell your own unique story.

Use CLA’s Career Readiness Guide your first year through graduation to plan for your career. Learn about the Core Career Competencies with a focus on Career Management to help you learn how to explore careers, write a resume, and prepare for an interview.