Career Assessments & Exploration

Not sure what you want to do after high school? These tools might be a great way to learn about yourself, help identify promising careers, training programs, and college majors. Plus, more information is never a bad thing, we want you making the best post-secondary decisions possible!



Resources for Value-Based Assessments
The following are great resources to use with students in assessing their values:


·       The O*NET Work Importance Locator (https://www.onetcenter.org/WIL.html) is a self-assessment, career exploration tool that allows students to pinpoint what is important to them in a job. It helps identify occupations they may find satisfying based on the similarity between their work values (such as achievement, autonomy, and conditions of work) and the characteristics of the occupations.
·       The Life Values Self-Assessment Test (http://www.whatsnext.com/content/life-values-self-assessment-test) can help students gain insight into their personal priorities by establishing which core values are most in need of their attention at this particular point in their life.
·       The InSight Values/Work Characteristics Inventory (http://www.careerperfect.com/services/free/insight-work-values/) can help students clarify and prioritize their values pertaining to working life. It is used in career planning, or may also be used for selecting a company or position. The more students' work life reflects their most highly regarded values, the more fulfilled they are likely to be.
·       The 123test Work Values Test (https://www.123test.com/work-values-test/) can help students identify what makes them happy or unhappy in their work and career. While some students are content with uneventful jobs, others thrive on action and excitement. With this online, work-value assessment students can determine the work values they find most important.
Resources for Interest-Based Assessments
To understand their interests, students can visit the following resources:


·       Roadtrip Nation's The Roadmap (https://roadtripnation.com/roadmap/stepone) is an interactive tool to explore different careers, interests, and opportunities in life. Whether students love sports, science, or knitting, there is a way to mash up their interests and make a living out of it.
·       Texas GEAR UP's Discover You Quiz (http://www.texasgearup.com/discover) can help students explore what they want to do with the rest of their life. Students input what they love to do and what they are already good at, then the Texas GEAR UP website suggests careers that may be an excellent fit. Students can even see what classes to take to start on the path to that perfect job.
·       Rogue Community College's Holland Code Quiz (http://www.roguecc.edu/Counseling/HollandCodes/test.asp) has students select the kinds of things they can do, might like to do, or the actions that most fits them. After selecting all of the choices that describe themselves, students submit the quiz to get their Holland Code and determine what career paths may work best.
·       The TEXASgenuine Assessment (http://assessment.texasgenuine.org/) is a career guidance tool that allows students to respond to questions and identify their top three Career Clusters™of interest based on their responses.

Resources for Ability- and Skills-Based Assessments
The following are great resources to use with students in assessing their abilities and skills: 
·   The CareerOneStop Skills Profiler web page (https://www.careerinfonet.org/skills/default.aspx?nodeid=20) allows students to build a list of skills, identify related occupations, and identify gaps in their education for each occupation so they can get any necessary training.
·   The Thrively website (http://www.thrively.com/classroom) is a free service that allows students to discover their strengths and pursue their passions. Students receive a personalized profile that celebrates their unique talents across 23 factors. Thrively engages students through their interests and talents, and uses that information to recommend personalized learning and enrichment opportunities.
·   The Sokanu website (https://www.sokanu.com/) is dedicated to connecting every person with the career they are meant to be in. After assessing a student's unique character, interests, and abilities, Sokanu analyzes the student's compatibility with recommended careers. Sokanu claims to have the largest, most detailed database of careers.
·   The 3 Smart Cubes website (http://www.3smartcubes.com/) which tells students where their aptitude lies and what they are good at.

Resources for Personality-Based Assessments

To understand their personality type, students can visit the following resources:


·       The Kiersey Temperament Sorter (http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx), made available online by David Keirsey, is a short personality test similar to an MBTI exam. After answering all the questions, students get a 4-letter personality indicator as the result along with a short explanatory document. Students may also learn more about how they react and interact with others. There is a fee for an optional, 10-page personal analysis.
·       The Jung Typology Test (http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp) is a free test based on Carl Jung's and Isabel Briggs Myers' classification of personality types. Upon completion, students obtain a 4-letter type formula, along with the strength-of-preference results and the description of their personality type. The results can also help students discover careers and occupations most suitable for their personality type along with examples of educational institutions where they can get a relevant degree or training.
·       3 Smart Cubes offers a quick personality test known as The Five Factor Personality Test(http://www.3smartcubes.com/pages/tests/fivefactor/fivefactor_instructions.asp). The test provides a scientific way for students to find out who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and what motivates them.

·       The 123test Personality Test (https://www.123test.com/personality-test/) is a free test that helps students find out more about their strengths and who they are. The test evaluates personalities based on the Big Five personality traits which have been widely examined through research over the last several decades.
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Career Exploration

Many resources are available to assist you in your career exploration. Here are some resources that you might find helpful.

Career Cruising
Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life. You are able to build self-awareness, explore options, create a plan and take action. Each student at Round Rock ISD has an account.

  • Log in= s(student id#)@student.roundrockisd.org
  • Password= Student's birth date mmddyyyy

ACT has an education and career planning section. Students can start charting their course for success beyond high school. They can also start planning for success and explore career options.
Through the ACT Profile, the student can complete multiple inventories (Interest, Abilities, and Values). The student will establish a log in. If they have already registered for the ACT then he/she already has a log in and password.

College Board has a section called Big Future which allows students to find colleges, explore careers, learn about paying for college, help students make a plan and provide resources on how to get into college. It is best that the student logs into their college board account when working through the resources available. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a section for students. Under the student resources tab, there are career exploration, economy at a glance, maps, charts and tables, glossary and videos as activities. 



The Values Test can help you learn more about your underlying work needs and motivations, and can help you decide what is important to you in a job. The test does this by asking you to rank different aspects of work that represent six underlying work values. Knowing your work values can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you might want to explore.


When you complete the test, you will get scores for each of six work values clusters. These scores show how important each work value is to you. In addition to your cluster scores, you will be presented with a list of 739 occupations that are rank-ordered according to how well they match your personal work values. The more a job agrees with your work values, the more likely you are to be satisfied in that job.