Career assessments are designed to help you understand how your personal attributes impact potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments.
While no assessment can perfectly capture who you are or predict what occupation you’ll pursue, they can help you narrow choices and discover options you may not have considered. Taking an assessment is a first step in the career exploration process.
Use the "Explore Careers" section to take free career assessments and learn more about different careers that suit you. You will also find other helpful resources within different sections and tabs of this website.
This free tool helps you learn about your interests, how they relate to the world of work, and possible careers you can explore. Once there, click the "start" button under “I’m not really sure” to take the O*NET Interest Profiler.
Discover what makes you unique with this free online assessment with 16 separate "brain game" exercises identifying both your interests and aptitudes.
Allow 1.5 - 2 hours to complete the assessment; results are provided within 12 hours.
Choosing a major can be a difficult task! Iowa offers over 200 majors, minors, and certificates - but how do you determine which one is the best fit for you?
- Visit with a Career Coach to discuss the options and/or take a career or interest assessment
- Talk with someone who is currently in that major, professors teaching in that major or friends/parents/alumni who have graduated with that major - here is a guide to Informational Interviewing
- Take classes in different areas to see what you are interested in
- Explore volunteer opportunities, internships or other experiences in those areas to see if it is something you want to pursue.