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Career Assessments

Career Exploration & Assessment

A good way to match your traits with possible careers is to use self-assessment tests. A career assessment is a series of short questions that help determine which career pathways best fit your interests and skills.

Start with Self Discovery - Ask yourself some questions.

While you may not know the answer to what you want career you want, you can start with an easier question

Abilities: What am I good at? 

  • Can you work as part of a team?
  • Have you been a leader in activities?
  • Are you a good public speaker?
  • Do you like to do research?
  • Is writing or art something you enjoy?
  • What types of skills do you use at work?
  • Do you interact well with customers?

Interests: What do I like to do?

  • What are your favorite subjects?
  • What hobbies or other activities do you enjoy?
  • Do you prefer to work along or in a group?
  • Do you like working with computers?
  • Do you enjoy contact with people?

Values: What's important to me?

  • Do you want to make a lot of money?
  • Is helping others or making a difference important?
  • Do you enjoy taking risks or do you prefer stability?
  • What kind of lifestyle do you want as an adult?

Assess Yourself

Interest assessments, such as the ACT Profile, are a great way to find the career that best suits you by discovering what really interests you and what you value most.

ACT Profile is a free and easy tool featuring three short assessments. The assessment results create a personalized Career Map identifying the careers and pathways that best fit you. Visit to start, or go through the assessment and the results with an ICAN advisor - schedule a Career Assessment appointment at

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