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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.

Some of these assessments are free, and you can access them on your own and get the results right away. Others may involve a small cost or may require that you meet with a CLA career counselor to discuss your results.

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.

Interests

SuperStrong

The SuperStrong Assessment
The SuperStrong Assessment is a shortened, FREE, 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. To learn more, call 612-624-7577 or visit the CLA Career Services front desk in 411 Bruininks Hall.

Strong Interest Inventory (SII) + Skills Confidence Inventory
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. The Strong Interest Inventory costs $15. However, if cost prevents you from completing the assessment, please contact us about a fee waiver. Please contact CLA Career Services office at 612-624-7577 or by visiting us at 411 Bruininks Hall if you are interested in taking this assessment. After taking the assessment online you will make an appointment with a career counselor to receive your results.

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.

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. The MBTI assessment costs $15. However, if cost prevents you from completing the assessment, please contact us about a fee waiver. Please contact CLA Career Services office at 612-624-7577 or by visiting us at 411 Bruininks Hall if you are interested in taking this assessment. After taking the assessment online you will make an appointment with a career counselor to receive your results.

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 purchase a code to take the StrengthsFinder assessment here or you can purchase a code by visiting the CLA Career Services office (411 Bruininks Hall). The assessment costs $10; however, if the cost is prohibitive to you completing the assessment, please contact us about a fee waiver. 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.

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.

Strong Interest Inventory + Skills Confidence Inventory

The newly revised Strong Interest Inventory and the Skills Confidence Inventory are administered together. 

The Strong assesses your interests, not your personality or values. The Skills Confidence Inventory assesses the way you perceive your ability to perform certain tasks. (Note: It does not assess your potential to develop these abilities.) 

The results of these assessments together identify occupations that may align with your interests, while measuring your confidence about doing some of these activities. 

The Strong differs from the SuperStrong in that its results give you more detailed suggestions of occupations that may align with your interests, and that it measures your confidence about doing activities related to your interests. 

The Strong costs $15. However, if the cost prevents you from completing the assessment, please contact us about a fee waiver.

Please contact CLA Career Services office at 612-624-7577 or by visiting us at 411 Bruininks Hall if you are interested in taking this assessment. After taking the assessment online you will make an appointment with a career counselor to receive your results.

Personality

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assesses some of your key personality traits and preferences. The results suggest majors, careers, and work environments that might be a good match for you. 

The MBTI looks at four personality areas:

  • Your mental focuses and what energizes you.
  • How you process information.
  • How you make decisions.
  • How you respond to the outside world. 

The MBTI costs $15. However, if the cost prevents you from completing the assessment, please contact us about a fee waiver. 

Please contact CLA Career Services office at 612-624-7577 or by visiting us at 411 Bruininks Hall if you are interested in taking this assessment. After taking the assessment online you will make an appointment with a career counselor to receive your results.

Skills

You can use a free Skills Card Sort to help you identify what skills give you energy and which ones deplete you. Make an appointment with a CLA career counselor to further understand how this exercise relates to your career exploration and overall career development. 

In addition, check out the CLA Core Career Competencies list and identify which competencies you’ve already developed and those you’d like to continue building.

Strengths

StrengthsFinder is an assessment that helps you identify your top five strengths and learn how to best use them in your daily life, academics, and career. 

Purchase the code to take the StrengthsFinder assessment, or purchase the code by visiting CLA Career Services. The fee is $10. However, if the cost prevents you from completing the assessment, please contact us about a fee waiver. 

After taking the StrengthsFinder, make an appointment with a CLA career counselor to discuss your results.

Values

You can use a free Values Card Sort to identify what’s most important to you in your career and life. Make an appointment with a CLA career counselor to further understand how this exercise relates to your career exploration and overall career development.