Career Exploration

The first step to landing the career of your dreams is knowing yourself. The tools below offer opportunities to explore yourself, to reflect on the things you value in a career and to identify majors and career paths that suit you.

Comprehensive Personal and Career Exploration Resources

  • College In Colorado is a comprehensive education and career planning site from the Colorado Department of Higher Education that includes self-assessments for interests, skills and values, as well as a resume builder, online portfolio builder and more.
     
  • My Next Move is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor that will help you explore career options through keyword search, industry or personal interests. Career data is provided through the federal O*NET database with occupational roles, salary outlooks and employment trends.
     
  • NCDA Career Planning Resources is full of free resources that have been vetted and compiled by the National Career Development Association. Resources include self-assessments, occupational information, data on employment trends, tutorial videos, job search resources and more.

Self-Assessments*

These assessments are built to be accessible, free versions of tests that traditionally are offered only by trained professionals. These versions should not be assumed to provide scientifically valid results, but may provide valuable feedback that will help you interrogate your own interests, values, skills and styles.

  • The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory, which will help you understand how you communicate and take action. 
     
  • The Big Five identifies your dominant personality trait, which may help you to understand learning styles and work preferences.
     
  • The DISC Personality Test helps you find out how the Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance (DISC) factors predict your behavior toward others and the everyday things you do.
     
  • 16personalities is based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire. 16personalities is a quick assessment that applies archetypes to the classic MBTI types.
     
  • The Career Cluster Interest Survey has you rate the activities you enjoy, subjects you enjoy studying and personal qualities to identify "career clusters" that may be a good fit for you.

*Western does not contract with or endorse these self-assessments. Links are provided only for exploratory purposes, to encourage self-reflection and dialogue. Any free internet assessment should be approached with a critical eye. Career Services is available to debrief your results but is not certified or licensed to interpret any specific results.

Career Information & Data

  • Career One Stop is a U.S. Department of Labor site with career exploration and management tools, job search and training information and many more resources.
     
  • O*NET offers career information including typical duties, work styles, salary/workforce outlook and links to job search resources.
     
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a comprehensive database from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes career information on duties, training and education requirements, pay and employment outlooks for hundreds of professions.