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SELF-DISCOVERY TOOLS

Not really sure where to begin or completely lost as to what interests you?

We can help you dig a bit deeper by talking about your options with you, or by providing you with a career test (a.k.a. assessment) . These career tools can help you think about your:

  • Values: How your personal and professional values relate to satisfying careers.
  • Skills: What strengths you have and that you would like to use in a career.
  • Interests: Thinking about your interests will help you detemine which of your interests align with careers.  
  • Preferences:  What energizes or drains you?

While these tests don’t have all the answers, they can be useful in helping you sort out a direction and even understand why you sometimes think and feel the way you do. 

These are just some of the offerings we have to help you. You will have to come into the office and speak with a counselor before taking the career test (a.k.a. assessment) to determine which tool will help you best. Below are some of the tools that might be able to help you to find your way.


(Click on the test (assesment) below for more details)


  1. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a questionnaire designed to measure your psychological preferences and help make them understandable and useful. You’ll answer questions related to how you deal with the world, how you gather information, how you make decisions, and what your orientation is to others. You will learn about your preferences and how they correspond to career areas. 

  2. Strong Interest Inventory

    This exploration tool offers insight into a your interests that will help inform a career choice. The inventory takes about 30 minutes to complete. Interests are broken into six categories which you discuss with a career counselor to see how these interests translate into career options.

  3. True Colors

    True Colors is a card sort that you would complete in the office to learn more about your personality and what some individuals with similar personalities are doing in successful careers
  4. World of Work Inventory

    The WOWI combines assessments of your aptitudes and interests to provide a profile of characteristics that might help you evaluate options. It also suggests broad areas of career options to explore further.
  5. Career Finder

    The Career Finder can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to career. It can help you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore and helps you find out what you like to do.

    Available through OrangeLink>Resources. 

  6. O*Net Career Explorer

    O*Net Career Exporer has detailed descriptions of different careers and fields. This is a good starting place if you want to know what industries fit the skills you have or vice versa. 

    Available through OrangeLink>Resources.