careerBUZZ: What Career Assessment should I take?

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:45am

Since this fall weather arrived quick, I hope you are enjoying your semester along with hot chocolate and snuggled in a warm blanket! Today, we will be discussing the different types of Career Assessments that the University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center has to offer. In total, there are four Career Assessments including: Focus 2, iStartStrong, Strong Interest Inventory, and YouScience.


The Focus 2 Career Assessment is:

  • Free
  • Provides instant results
  • Examines your interests, skills, personality, and values by completing five short inventories
  • Takes up to 40 minutes to complete

I recommend the Focus 2 assessment for anyone looking to review and research majors or occupations. It gives you an outside perspective of your passions within the professional field. Even if you have a declared major, I believe the Focus 2 can narrow down your options and give you details on fields within your major you've perhaps never considered.


Next, we will breakdown iStartStrong:

  • Online assessment that connects your interest to various jobs, work settings, and areas of study
  • Provides an 8-page report on types of occupations that align within your preferences
  • No follow-up appointment is required; however it is encouraged to discuss your results with a Pomerantz adviser for advance input
  • Results will be emailed to you in the next business day
  • Assessment fee: $10 (payable by U-Bill or credit card)
  • An email will be sent to you, to begin the assessment

If you are having a tough time deciding a major, minor, or certificate, know that there are many options provided by the Pomerantz Career Center to provide a better understanding of your skills, values, and interests!



For more in depth results we’ll talk about the Strong Interest Inventory assessment:

  • Compares your likes and dislikes to find a career field that best fits you
  • Provides you with a 14-page report listing of occupations and areas of study that best meet you interests.
  • Assessment fee: $10 (payable by UI-bill or credit card)
  • Requires two appointments with a Career Advisor to gain an understanding of what your results mean (one prior to the assessment)

It’s always tricky deciding what you want to do when you graduate, as well as a huge decision picking a specific career field you’ll be for a long time to come. The Strong Interest Inventory Assessment provides you with a more in-depth report preparing you for that decision by looking at what interests you as a person. You’ll gain a better understanding of who you are and what career field best fits your personality type.



Last but not least we will look at the YouScience assessment:

  • Identifies your interests explaining what is unique about you
  • Gives you access to an interactive website that provides you with occupations that align with who you are and your abilities
  • No appointments with Advisors necessary but strongly recommended
  • Results emailed within 24 hours
  • Assessment fee: $10 (payable by UI-bill or credit card)

The YouScience assessment benefits you by giving you a better understanding of who you are as a person and what is unique about you. It gives you the opportunity to take advantage of your one-of-a-kind qualities and encourages you to find a career field that will allow those to shine.


It’s easy to get stumped while making these adult life decisions, but now that you know some of the amazing opportunities that The Pomerantz Career Center has to offer, it’s time for you to act on them and find your true calling. Use these assessments to your advantage and have a great fall!


-Written by Brooke Batha & Faviola Santana