Who am I? Self-assessment

Truly understanding and knowing yourself is an ongoing journey. We can help you on the way.

Self-assessment for career exploration 

Q: Is there a test to tell me what major or career I should choose?
A: There's help, but technically it's not a test. It's more fun than a test. It's self-assessment: doing a realistic appraisal of yourself.

Self-assessment doesn't "tell you what to be." It does help you have a better understanding of your interests, personality, skills, and values. This helps you see the connections between aspects of yourself and aspects of particular career fields and occupations. Results include occupational information for you to consider and research further. Results do not provide a final answer; they do provide an important step in your decision-making process and career planning journey, which will extend over time as you explore, exercise your curiosity, grow and develop, learn more about the external world, and develop increasing understanding of yourself.

Keep in mind that all self-assessments are all based on self-report by you, and require you to have self-awareness. For all of us, our self-awareness develops throughout our lives. Truly understanding and knowing yourself is a journey in and of itself. If you get results and think they're "wrong," remember the results are based on what you said about yourself. It can be helpful to revisit self-assessments over time.

As a Virginia Tech student, you may also have experience with StrengthsQuest and be familiar with your top talents. While StrengthsQuest has broader purposes than career decision-making, your understanding of your strengths can also help you in the process of exploring career options.

Q: Are there costs and fees for self-assessment?
A: In Career and Professional Development we do not charge fees to students for use of our self-assessment tools. There are costs for self-assessment tools. They are free to our students, but are not free of cost!

Options for career self-assessment:

You may use as many of these options as you wish.

First step: 10-minutes to learn more about yourself with Traitify online self-assessment:

(Traitify was fomerly called Woofound.)

  •  Watch the short intro video.
  • Create an account and begin the visual personality assessment.
  • In about 10 minutes you'll have results to begin the discovery of "who am I?"

Next step: Answer these questions about yourself:

  1. Your Career Personality Blend is the combination of your two primary career personality types. This is an integration of traits, personality strengths, and your approach to work, determined by your responses. What is your Blend?
  2. Read your personality description. Does it sound like you? Why or why not?
  3. What other types might you work well with?
  4. In what work environments might you thrive?
  5. The pie chart represents your entire Career Personality Profile. Scroll over each piece of the chart to read the descriptions of each of the 7 Career Personality Traits. The entirety of your personality determines your career recommendations. What traits do you like best and why?
  6. View your personalized careers. Use the filter to find careers based on education requirements. Click on each career to find basic information including salaries, education requirements, and job growth. (Note: at Smith Career Center we have many additional resources for more in-depth career research.) Which of these careers interest you and why?

Want more help? Meet with an advisor.

  • We would love to talk with you about your Woofound results and show you additional resources for your exploration process. Schedule an appointment with a career advisor: call 540-231-6241 during office hours. We'll discuss your results and talk about what your next steps might be. This could include other self-assessments and research on careers and majors.
  • More in-depth assessments are available through appointment with a career advisor. To schedule, call 540-231-6241 during office hours.
  • Self-assessment is a process, often involving two advising appointments, with work on your part between.
  • In the first appointment, you'll discuss your situation with an advisor and we'll work together to determine what tools would be best to help you assess your interests, skills, personality, values and leisure activities.
  • The self assessment we may recommend is Do What You Are. (Please note we are NO LONGER USING "MyPlan" because of technical security issues with that product.)
  • Between appointments you'll work through the assessments and read your results. Results include occupational information to research based on your self-assessment.
    The second appointment involves processing and discussing your results and determining best next-steps for you to take.
  • At Virginia Tech, students are encouraged to focus on their gifts and talents, honing them into true strengths. The Division of Student Affairs offers an assessment tool that will provide students with the knowledge and vocabulary to describe their talents and the areas in which they excel.
  • Visit Student Affairs to learn more about the Clifton Strengths finder and how to get started.
  • You are welcome to discuss Strengths in a career advising appointment.

All resources listed here are free of charge.
Be aware some sites may offer other services for a fee.
Career and Professional Development does not endorse any particular fee-based services.

After using any of the tools listed below, VT students can schedule an advising appointment to help you understand how personality type connects to your decision-making style and career-related needs and preferences.

Career assessments

Career assessments generally consider your personality, skills, interests, and values, as reported by you.

  • The Career Interests Game
    (University of Missouri)
    Based on John Holland's theory of vocational choice and personality types.
    Select your three choices from the six types, and view related occupations.
    Links take you to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for details about each occupation.
  • Holland Code Quiz
    (Rogue Community College)
    Based on John Holland's theory of vocational choice and personality types.
    Respond to items (simple check-boxes); view results for Holland Code.
    View jobs by Holland Code.
    Links take you to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for details about each occupation.
  • Princeton Review 5-minute career quiz
    (Princeton Review)
    Brief instrument to give you some food for thought.
    Alpha list of specific careers with details on each; quiz results give you a list of specific careers to consider and research. You can re-visit your results later and you can re-take the quiz. (Registration required; asks you to select an admissions exam of interest, e.g. GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc., so you may receive emails about test prep.)

Personality assessments

Personality assessment is just one aspect of self-assessment. For complete self-assessment for career purposes, you also consider your interests, skills and values.

  • What it doesn't do:
    Personality assessment doesn't tell you "what to be" and should NOT be viewed as a strict instruction that you must choose x or y occupation.
  • What it does do:
    Helps you better understand yourself and how you relate to people, process information, make decisions, and function. This helps you think about how potential occupations will or won't fit with your personality. Keep your personality type in mind as you research careers.
  • These are based on Jung's concepts of personality type, as is the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI), so you might be familiar with that name, and you might have completed an MBTI for some other purpose. Like the MBTI, these give you a four-letter personality type and explanation.
  • More description of personality types: Type profiles on TypeLogic.com
  • Free assessments:
    TypeFocus.com Personality assessment
    Humanmetrics.com Jung Typology Test
    No registration required. 72 questions.
    Results give you type descriptions on TypeLogic.com.