Students often ask 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 tell you exactly what career to pursue, but they can provide some insights into who you are and some action steps that may be helpful to you. Below are a variety of career assessments we offer which are categorized by different aspects of self exploration: Interests, Personality, Skills, Strengths, and Values. Some of the assessments below are free and you can access them on your own and get the results right away, while others may involve a small cost, or may require that you meet with a career counselor to discuss your results.
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.
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.
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 this 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.
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 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.
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 this values exercise relates to your career development.