Who am I? Self-assessment for career exploration

Truly understanding and knowing yourself is an ongoing journey. We can help you on the way.
Is there a test to tell me what major or career I should choose?

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.

Resources for career self-assessment:

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

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.

  • 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!
  • Be aware when you use other online self-assessments. Some are free. Some involve fees. Be careful, and read the fine print; use free resources as you wish. CPD 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 vt.joinhandshake.com 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 meet 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 (vt.traitify.com) 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. You cannot 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 vt.gallup.com 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.

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.

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 [NOTE: This is different from TypeFocus described above.]
    Humanmetrics.com Jung Typology Test
    No registration required. 72 questions.
    Results give you type descriptions on TypeLogic.com.