Self Assessment for Career Exploration
The first step in finding the best career for you is to learn about yourself. What do you like and don’t like? What skills do you have? There are many tools available to assist you.
You can find help on your self-assessment at your local One-Stop career center. Use America’s Service Locator to find the one-stop closest to you.
- Ready to take a self-assessment?
Self-Assessments can help you know yourself better. And knowing yourself better can help you choose a satisfying job or occupational field to explore. California Career Zone has a few tools to assist you:
Quick Assessment - Explore jobs that best match your personality with a quick assessment. Are you realistic,investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, or conventional? Find out with this quick assessment. (Approximate completion time: 5 minutes)
Interest Profiler - Discover what your interests are, and how they relate to the world of work. The Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of occupations and jobs you might want to explore based on your interests. (Approximate completion time: 30 minutes)
Skills Profiler - What skills have you acquired through your jobs and other activities? The Skills Profiler can help you explore occupations that require your skillset. (Approximate completion time: 30 minutes)
Work Importance Profiler - What's important to you in a job? Discover how much you value achievement, independence, recognition, relationships, support, and working conditions in a job. Get a list of jobs that reflect your values. (Approximate completion time: 30 minutes)
- What are your skills?
You don’t have to be an expert to possess important skills. In fact, everyone has a wide variety of skills. A skill is something you can do. Use the Skills Profiler at the Career OneStop Web site to inventory your skills. You can also use the Skills Profiler to identify what skills you may need for your dream job.
- What jobs closely match skills of your last job?
Enter a previous job title at mySkillsmyFuture.org to receive a list of jobs using similar skills. Information includes comparison of earnings, skills, knowledge, and typical level of training, licensing, and certification.
- Are you a veteran who wants to find a civilian job?
For many military occupations, you can enter your title in the upper left Find Occupations Keyword box and click on “Go.” A different choice is to enter your military code or title in the Military Crosswalk Search. After you click on your specific title, click on the top “Related Occupations,” if available. Commonly used occupational titles such as infantry, machine gunner, and rifleman are matched in Vocations for Vets reports found at LMI Publications.