Career Planning

Self-Exploration Resources on the Internet

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Looking for some more resources that can help you get a complete picture of your interests, values, skills, and personal traits? Hey, you can never know enough about yourself! The better you know what you like, what you are good at, and who you are, the more likely you are to find a career you enjoy and actually look forward to each day.

These sites provide a number of exercises you can complete to learn more about different aspects of your personality, interests, values, and skills. Some go a step further and draw some conclusions based on the information you provide, such as suggesting your personality “type” or suggesting suitable career options. It is important to remember that the results you will receive are only suggestions.

Bookmark our site, and then check out some of the links we have provided below. Don’t forget to come back when you’re done!

Career Development Manual

This was one of the first career development tools on the Internet, and is still one of the best. Although a bit text-heavy, it covers all areas of the career planning process. If you are mainly interested in learning more about yourself, check out Step 1 in the manual, entitled “Self-Assessment.” From Career Services at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Self-Assessment via MazeMaster

Includes three exercises to help you identify your interests, values, and skills.

Princeton Review Career Quiz (formerly Birkman)

Answer 24 questions and you will be given a profile of your most likely interests and work style, and a list of careers that match your personality.

The Career Key

Promoted as “a free public service to help people make sound career decisions“ and based on the six Holland personality types. You will get a sense of which Holland personality types most closely represent you, and a list of occupations that will match each personality type.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter

This is a personality test developed by David Keirsey and based on Carl Jung’s theory of “psychological types.” The test uses 70 questions to identify which of four temperament types you belong to. This should be used only to give you an idea of your personality type; the Keirsey temperament sorter, “like all personality tests, is only a preliminary and rough indicator of personality.”


International Personality Item Pool inventories (short and long versions)

3 Steps Career Quiz from

Answer easy questions designed to focus your career goals. Browse through possible careers based on your answers. Read detailed career descriptions and learn what each career has to offer in wages, duties and rewards. Research the schools that will launch you into the career of your dreams!

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