Self assessment tools and resources can be used to gather new information that may help inform your career-decision-making. They cannot predict your ideal career path, but they can be useful reflective tools if you feel stuck or unsure about your career options.
Self-assessment tools and resources
Your values and interests are two of the most significant predictors of career satisfaction. If you are interested in your work and able to live out your top values at work, you are more likely to enjoy your career and feel confident about your career choices. Hence, clarifying your interests and values can help you determine career possibilities that are a good fit for you.
- Download our values inventory worksheet (pdf) to help guide you integrate this approach into your career decision-making.
- You can also use our skills inventory worksheet (pdf) to identify the skills you have that match with the skills that employers are looking for.
- Lastly, complete a free 30-minute quiz, answering questions about your career preferences to gain insights into your personality.
Online assessment tools at cost
There are a wide variety of online tools out there that you can access for a fee. While this is not necessary for you to pay to identify your interests or abilities, some people find it to be worthwhile to use them.
None of the tools you find online will be perfect for everyone, but a couple that we frequently use are:
Complete a short quiz and receive a concrete and practical profile of your skills and preferences matched to a list of relevant career options.
After completing a timed quiz, you will receive a report that outlines your top five strengths. Each strength can give you ideas for your personal and professional goals. Knowing your top five strengths helps you understand and articulate the value you offer to potential employers. Use your UBC student email address to get an Educator Price on this well-regarded e self-discovery tool.
Get career advice
Career Educators at the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers can help you:
- Reflect on your self-assessment results
- Discuss methods to apply your new understanding to career possibilities
- Create action plans to help you take steps towards your goals
Before scheduling an appointment, complete any of the assessments above. Make sure you bring your results to the appointment. When you are ready, book an appointment through CareersOnline.
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Career events and workshops
Whether you're looking to improve your job applications or navigate your career, UBC has events and workshops to support you.
If you have questions
Contact the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers for career-related information, or to drop in to career advising.