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Who am I? Self-assessment for career exploration

Truly understanding and knowing yourself is an ongoing journey.

We can help you on the way.

There is help, but it’s not a test.  It’s self-assessment: a reflective way to think about yourself, what you enjoy doing, and what’s most important to you.

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 the results are "wrong," remember the results are based on what you said about yourself. It can be helpful to revisit self-assessments over time.

  • In Career and Professional Development we do not charge fees to students for use of our self-assessment tools.
  • Be aware: Some websites with free services might also offer services for a fee. Career and Professional Development does NOT endorse any fee-based services.

Allow about 45 minutes to an hour to complete this self-assessment. You CAN stop and start the process; you don't need to complete the assessment all in one sitting.

  • Login to Handshake at using your VT PID and password.
  • From the Career Center dropdown menu on the toolbar, select Resources.
  • Choose TypeFocus and use the link to register and create your free account.
  • Begin with Step 1 and complete the Personality, Interests, Skills, and Values assessments.
    • When you submit your responses for each of the assessments, you will immediately receive feedback. Take time to reflect on the information provided.
  • Continue to Step 2 to see a list of careers that might be a good fit for you based on your assessment results.
    • Remember to select your desired education level to get the best results.
    • Click on the W to see related Virginia Tech majors.
    • If you do not see any results that appeal to you, make an appointment through Handshake to speak with a career advisor to discuss your results and other options.
  • Continue to Step 3 to evaluate your options.

Allow about 10-minutes to use this self-assessment.

  • Create an account on Traitify ( using your VT email address (choose "General Studies" if you are a University Studies student).
  • Begin the assessment by selecting “me” or “not me” for every picture.
  • View results; first you will see your “Personality Blend” and “Personality Breakdown.”
  • View Career Matches using the button on the top right of the screen which will match your personality to different careers. You can filter the results by educational level and click on each career to learn more.

Allow about 45 minutes to complete this self-assessment. It does not allow you to stop and restart, so plan enough time to complete. You will have 30 seconds to answer each question. You are only able to take the CliftonStrengths assessment ONCE, so make sure you will be uninterrupted when you take it!

  • At Virginia Tech, students are encouraged to focus on their gifts and talents, honing them into true strengths. The Division of Student Affairs offers CliftonStrengths (also called StrengthsQuest) to provide you with the knowledge and vocabulary to describe your talents and the areas in which you excel.
  • If you have experience with StrengthsQuest you may 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.
  • Log in to CliftonStrengths at using your Virginia Tech PID and password.
  • Note your Top 5 Strengths. You are welcome to discuss Strengths in an advising appointment.
  • You are welcomed and encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss self-assessments; whether to determine which to use, or discuss your results.
  • Self-assessment is a process, often involving two advising appointments, with activity on your part between.
  • In a first appointment, usually 30 minutes, you'll discuss your situation with an advisor and we'll work together to determine what self-assessment tools would be best for you.
  • Between appointments you'll do assessment activities and review your results. Results include occupational information to research based on your self-assessment.
  • In a follow-up appointment, usually 60 minutes, we'll process and discuss your results and determine best next-steps for you to take.

Be aware some sites might offer services for a fee. Career and Professional Development does not endorse any fee-based services.

There are many self-assessment tools out there — some for free and others for a fee. It is important to keep in mind that not all assessments are valid and/or reliable. The assessments listed above have been tested for validity and reliability. However, we recognize that you may enjoy taking assessments and want additional options and/or information. The free assessment links provided below are solely for informational purposes and are not endorsed by Career and Professional Development:

After using any self-assessment tool, VT students can schedule an advising appointment to help you understand how personality, interests, skills, and/or values connect to your decision-making style and career-related needs and preferences.

Again, be aware some sites might offer services for a fee.
Career and Professional Development does not endorse any fee-based services.