Career and self Assessments help you to learn more about yourself in a variety of ways. They can help you solidify what you already know, while discovering aspects of your personality, skills, values, interests and goals that you haven't considered. Applying the information from these assessments can support the decisions you make in finding a best fit career and employer. Begin exploring the assessments below to discover which resources can best help you reflect:

Select & Reflect on Assessments

Informal Self-Reflection Exercises (Career Guide): Values Assessment ; Skills Assessment ; Interests Assessment

Formal Assessments:

  • ImaginePhDGeared toward (but not exclusive to) Humanities and Social Science graduate students, this brand new tool offers interest, skill, and values assessments, as well as the ability to connect your results to information about 15 relevant job families. Significant resources are also available for learning about each job family, whether you take the assessments or not. Notre Dame is a sponsoring institution, and it was developed by the Graduate Career Consortium
  • MyIDP: Focused on science and other STEM careers, MyIDP provides exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values; a list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests; a tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track; and articles and resources to guide you through the process
  • Skills Matcher: Sponsored by the Department of Labor, this tool will help you evaluate your skills and match them to relevant job types
  • 16 Personalities: A free personality test that offers an in-depth analysis of personality types as well as relationship and career advice
  • Truity: Assessments on Personality, Career Fit, Behavior, Strengths and more (free and paid resources
  • My Next Move: What do you want to do for a living?

Additional Strategies

Interpret & Apply Results: Meet with a Graduate Career Consultant to discuss results of assessments

Gain Feedback: Ask others in your life (friends, family, mentors, supervisors) about what they notice with your interests, skills, values and goals

Recommended Reading: Why Career Self Assessments Matter (Inside Higher Education)