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Know Yourself

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Take self-assessments as a way to know what you want in a career. We provide an array of self-assessments that help you clarify your interests and skills, develop a vocabulary to describe yourself as a professional, and establish a starting point for career exploration.

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Meaningful Work Kit

The Meaningful Work Kit can help you identify and prioritize what is most important to you at your core, work cultures that are a fit for you, and skills you enjoy using. You can schedule an appointment with a career coach to do the card sort activity or you can take this assessment by participating in the monthly Meaningful Work Insights program. To participate in a program, please register through Handshake.

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We provide interpretations of the following self-assessments: CliftonStrengths, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Strong Interest Inventory. If you are interested in one or more of these, please first make an appointment with a career coach to determine which assessment(s) would be a good fit for you.


The CliftonStrengths assessment helps you identify your top talents – how you naturally think, feel and behave. The assessment generates a list of your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions on how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal satisfaction.

Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI provides insight into your personality preferences in four areas, and how these preferences influence your approach to work and your interaction with others. Understanding your preferences and those of others, can be helpful in making decisions, working on a team, and communicating across differences.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory is an assessment that helps you understand your interests in six areas: realistic, artistic, investigative, social, enterprising, and conventional (referred to as RIASEC), and how your interests align with potential educational, career, and leisure activities. Considering your interests when choosing roles and work environments, can lead to greater career satisfaction.