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Career Inventories & Opportunities

Discovering what career area you want to pursue can be a place to start before searching for a college, filling out your FAFSA, or even visiting a college. The process each person takes to settle on a specific career field or degree is very different. Some people are influenced to pursue a certain career because of their family’s history in a particular career field. It is not uncommon to have generational career paths that are similar. To a large degree, your family environment can greatly influence your thinking and career pursuits.

In order to find a career that fits you, you first have to know a great deal about yourself. These career assessments will help you define your interests, abilities, work values, priorities, skills, and personality type. Once you know all that stuff, you can begin finding a job that matches your profile. Oh, and did we mention that the tests are FUN!

Interest Inventories


Purpose:
To match the activities you are interested in to potential careers. Caution: Interest inventories only tell you which jobs match your interests. They do not predict success within the career.  For example, you may love to sing, but that doesn’t mean you have the talent to become a professional singer. Results are expressed using the six areas defined by John Holland: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional which can be used to help you search for jobs that fit your personal Holland code.

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Identifying Values, Priorities and Motivators

Purpose:
To help you define the internal values, motivations, and priorities that guides you. Finding a job that is in sync with your inner drive will likely make you feel more satisfied.

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  • https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential  The CVS measures 10 work values: Service Orientation, Team Orientation, Influence, Creativity, Prestige, Independence, Excitement, Personal Development, Financial Rewards, and Security.
  • www.dws.state.nm.us/careersolutions/CSS-workimport.html This is a card sort activity. You will need to have access to a printer. Six work values are identified: Achievement, Independence, Recognition, Relationships, Support, and Working Conditions.

Achievement and Aptitude Testing


For general information about some of the more common vocational aptitude tests, the following sites will be useful:

Skills Inventories

Purpose:
To help you develop a list of transferable skills you have acquired. This list becomes extremely useful when you are looking for a job that fits your skills and when you are writing a resume or preparing for an interview.

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Personality Assessments

Purpose:
Define your personality and then match it with jobs that will allow you to be yourself. Also beneficial in helping you recognize what your weaknesses are so that you can learn to compensate for them.

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  • www.personalitytype.com/quiz.html The Myers-Briggs is one of the most commonly used personality assessments. Completing the entire MBTI is the best way to learn your four-letter personality type, but this site allows you to identify your type quickly, easily, and for free. Use caution, however. Using the online method is not as reliable and does not come with an insightful interpretation by a professional who is familiar with the test.
  • http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm This is a measure similar to the personality type assessment above. Taking both assessments will help you confirm the accuracy of your personality type.
  • www.keirsey.com/ Although this site uses slightly different titles, it provides you with more information on temperament. The four types are renamed - adventurer (artisan), defender (guardian), counselor (guardian), and scientist (rational). This site is fun and insightful.
  • www.9types.com/rheti/index.php This assessment groups people based on nine types and provides you with scores in all nine areas so that you can see how strongly you match each type. The descriptions of each type are insightful and include both strengths and weaknesses.

Career Opportunities