Career Assessments

Students often ask if we have any assessments or tests that will tell them which careers would be a good match for them. An assessment won't give you all the answers or tell you exactly what career to pursue, but they can provide some insights into your personality traits and potential career preferences. We offer multiple assessments:

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.

The SuperStrong Assessment

The SuperStrong Assessment is a shortened, FREE, and mobile-friendly version of the Strong Interest Inventory. 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 or get an access code, call 612-624-7577 or visit the CLA Career Services front desk in 411 Bruininks Hall. The SuperStrong Assessment can be taken for free. 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

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:

  1. Your mental focuses and what energizes you
  2. How you process information
  3. How you make decisions
  4. How you respond to the outside world

If you're a CLA student interested in taking either of these assessments, contact the CLA Career Services office at 612-624-7577. After completing the inventory online, you will schedule an appointment with a career counselor, who will interpret your results and discuss them with you, how they might impact your choice of major or career path, and your possible next steps.

NOTE: Like all our services, these assessments are available only to current CLA Students, and to CLA Alumni up to one year after graduation. Additionally, the MBTI assessment costs $15.

For students who have taken the SII Inventory:

You can compare your SII results to U of M majors and areas of study. Check out the CAPE Major Profies (sorted by RIASEC Code) to see how SII codes that align with different U of M majors.