Assess Yourself

This step helps you discover and organize all of your skills, interests, and values that may have an impact on your career. It is a good idea to do this step every year, even if you have a job, since you may have gained new skills, or your interests and values may have changed.

What is an assessment? An assessment helps you learn about yourself, and find occupations that will suit you. There are several assessment tools provided in this step. These include:

Know Your Skills

A skill is the ability to do a certain task well. Skills can be a natural ability and can also be learned over time. You can gain or expand your skills with practice or training. It is important to assess your skills at all phases of your career since you develop new skills at work, school, and through extracurricular activities.

Skills are grouped as technical or transferable skills. 

Read over these skills and consider if you have or need to gain any of them. Start your skills assessment by looking at these groups. Ask people close to you for feedback. Adapted from assessment materials provided by Rogue Community College Student Employment Services.

Common Technical and Transferable Skills
Skill Set Examples
Key Transferable Skills
  • Meet deadlines
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to plan
  • Results-oriented
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Supervise others
  • Increase sales or efficiency
  • Accept responsibility
  • Instruct others
  • Desire to learn & improve
  • Good time management
  • Solve problems
  • Manage money/budgets
  • Manage people
  • Meet the public
  • Organize people
  • Organize/manage projects
  • Team player
  • Written communications
  • Work independently
  • Computer skills
Other Transferable Skills
  • Use my hands
  • Assemble or make things
  • Safety conscious
  • Build, observe, inspect things
  • Construct or repair
  • Off-bearing or feeding machinery
  • Follow instructions
  • Operate tools and machinery
  • Drive or operate vehicles
  • Repair things
  • Good with my hands
  • Use complex equipment
  • Use equipment
Dealing with Data
  • Analyze data or facts
  • Investigate
  • Audit records
  • Keep financial records
  • Locate answers or information
  • Balance money
  • Calculate, compute
  • Manage money
  • Take inventory
  • Classify data
  • Compare, inspect, or record facts
  • Count, observe, compile
  • Research
  • Detail-oriented
Working with People
  • Patient
  • Caring
  • Persuasive
  • Confront others
  • Pleasant
  • Counsel people
  • Sensitive
  • Demonstrate
  • Supportive
  • Diplomatic
  • Supervise
  • Speak in public
  • Help others
  • Tactful
  • Insightful
  • Teach
  • Interview others
  • Anticipate needs
  • High energy
  • Open-minded Kind
  • Take orders
  • Listen
  • Serving
  • Trust
  • Work with others
  • Negotiate
  • Understanding
  • Adaptable
  • Outgoing
Using Words, Ideas
  • Articulate
  • Innovative
  • Communicate
  • Logical
  • Prefer details
  • Remember information
  • Accurate
  • Research
  • Create new ideas
  • Understand the big picture
  • Design
  • Speak in public
  • Edit
  • Write clearly
  • Arrange social functions
  • Motivate people
  • Negotiate agreements
  • Decisive
  • Plan
  • Delegate
  • Run meetings
  • Direct others
  • Explain things to others
  • Self-motivated
  • Get results
  • Share leadership
  • Think of others
  • Direct projects
  • Team-builder
  • Solve problems
  • Mediate problems
  • Take risks
  • Empower others
Creative, Artistic
  • Artistic
  • Dance, body movement
  • Music appreciation
  • Perform, act
  • Draw, sketch, render
  • Present artistic ideas
  • Play instruments
  • Expressive

From your skills assessment and online research, write down 5-10 occupations that are a good fit with your skills using Match Your Skills to Occupations (pdf).

Online Skills Assessments:

Match Your Interests to Occupations

Holland Code
John Holland’s vocational/career choice theory suggests that people who choose to work in environments that are similar to their interests are more likely to enjoy their work. Below is a brief description of each interest code.

The Holland Code Interest Inventory (pdf) exercise is a short interest assessment.

Each letter matches an interest group.

Interests Online Resources:

Your Work Values

Job satisfaction comes from having a job that meets your needs and fits your goals. The Match Your Work Values to Occupations (pdf) includes things people often want or value in their job. Not all these values will be met each day.  However, if you choose an occupation that meets most of your work values then you will be more likely to enjoy your job. You will also be more motivated to succeed.

Work Values Resources

Put Your Assessments Together

Look at the occupations you listed in:

These occupations match your skills, interests and work values.

List the occupations that show up on two or three of your assessment lists in Occupations that Best Match All of Your Assessments (pdf). These occupations are a good place to start as you think about your next career goal.

Now that you have a list of occupations that fit your skills, interests, and values you are ready to begin Step 2: Explore Careers