SELF-ASESSMENT (CAREER INTEREST)
So...what are we doing?
Our first step is to find careers that match your skills, interests, and values. You don't want to do a job for the rest of your life that you hate. Let's find something that you enjoy and that is a good fit for your strengths.
Career assessment tools ask questions to help you learn about yourself and careers that fit you. These tools won't tell you what to do. They help you explore options...then YOU make the decision about what you want to do.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT ASSESSMENTS
What is an Assessment?
Assessments are tools to help you learn more about yourself. No matter where you are in your career exploration, take time to consider what you like to do, where your strengths lie and what you enjoy, and whether your job is making the best use of your talents. Career assessments can help identify strengths, skills, interests, values, or other traits. These are matched to a broad list of careers. Assessments help you find careers that fit you best.
What Can an Assessment Tell You?
Assessments might tell you what you already know - which will just CONFIRM your thoughts. They may tell you what you already know, but help you consider different careers you haven't considered. They may also introduce you to skills and perspectives you haven't considered. So...keep an open mind. Assessments can help you:
Understand the strengths (or weaknesses) you bring to your job.
Find out about specific occupations that are a good match for your unique blend of skills.
Learn where your skills fall short of the requirements for different jobs.
Decide whether you need more training or experience in an area.
Write a more meaningful resume or cover letter.
Reflect on where you want to take your career, and where you want your career to take you..
What Won't an Assessment Tell You?
No assessment will tell you what to do. They won't tell you what will make you happy. You are a big part of that as is your boss, the organization, your coworkers, and several factors. Finding the career is one thing. We'll talk about finding the right job within your career (and the right organization to work for) in another area.
COMPLETE AN ASSESSMENT
Assess Your Career Interest
There are several career interest assessments available. chances are, you've probably already taken one or more in school or somewhere else. It's good to evaluate your interests from time to time if you are unsure of what you want to do. Below are a few assessment tools to choose from. You may select one...or feel free to complete more than one. Dig into the resources available, explore additional links, and use this as the start to learn more.
A great place to start is to get signed up through WorkSource - the Washington State Workforce Council resource to help you navigate your career. Their Career Quest tool is a great resource to help provide guidance. Check out their Career Planning Guide. Begin by registering and tap into the Career Planning Guide to learn more.
Career OneStop GetMyFuture
US Dept of Labor
Another resource to evaluate your career interest comes from the Department of Labor. Check out their tool to assist in your exploration of careers that may interest you and your opportunities for the future.
Career OneStop is also linked to several other tools available to you through the careeronestop platform. It is designed to serve as a "one stop shop" for several career resources.
O*NET Career Interest Assesssment Tool
Not sure what you're interested in? Begin with a career interest assessment. There are several to choose from. This one comes from O*NET, a widely used interest profiler tool that has helped millions of students explore their career interests.
This is meant to be a starting point. It is only meant to identify interests and not categorize you permanently. This is a place to begin. The assessment is free and can help you begin the process to decide what you want to do or what to study.
Check out the CareerOneStop tool to evaluate your skills and match them with your career interests. It's worth a look to see what you do well and how you can match it with a career
Work Values Matcher
Check out the CareerOneStop tool to evaluate your work values and match them with your career interests. It's worth a look to see what you do well and how you can match it with a career