Learning about Yourself

Making good career decisions requires you to reflect upon key qualities of your personality, interests, values and skills. Once you have an understanding of who you are, you can better figure out careers that are a good fit for you.

Self-assessment is key to:

  • Improving self-understanding and awareness
  • Clarifying what you want to do and what is important to you
  • Increasing your chances of finding a fit between your personality and work
  • Helping you better market your strengths in cover letters and interviews

What are you assessing?

  • What You Enjoy =interests
  • What You Care About =values
  • What You're Good At =skills

Assessing interests answers the questions:

  • What activities make me lose track of time?
  • What are the most interesting jobs I can think of? 
  • What kinds of things would I do if money were no object?

Assessing values answers the questions:

  • What is important to you?
  • Do you value stability, freedom, recognition, service, variety, independence?
  • What are your deal breakers and deal makers when it comes to your career?

Assessing your Skills

There are 2 main categories of skills:  transferrable and content. 

  • Transferrable skills are adaptable to many jobs and settings.
  • Content skills are job specific and rarely transfer into different industries.

NCA Tools for Assessing Interests, Values and Skills:

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

This assessment measures your level of interest among a broad range of career-related areas and compares them to those employed in over 100 occupations. The SII helps expand your potential career options. 

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

This instrument is designed to help you identify your natural personality preferences.  The MBTI helps you better understand yourself:  your motivations, strengths, suitable work settings, and potential areas of growth. 

Other Assessments

The Motivated Skills Card Sort

The Motivated Skills Card Sort helps you organize and rank transferrable skills on two dimensions:  skills you possess, and skills you enjoy using. This activity is a quick and easy way to identify the skills that are central to your career satisfaction and success. 

The Values Card Sorts

Career Values Card Sort is a simple tool that allows you to prioritize you values. Fifty-four variables of work satisfaction—such as status, precision work, power, technical competence and public service— are listed and described. 

To take any assessment, you must first meet with a career counselor. Want to do some things on your own without meeting with a Career Counselor? Try these online assessments: