Assess Yourself

What is self-assessment?
An assessment helps you learn about yourself. There are several assessment tools provided on these pages. These tools will ask questions to help you learn about yourself, and occupations that fit you.

These tools will not tell you what to do. They help you explore options and decide for yourself.

Why should you assess yourself?
Assessments allow you to spend time thinking about yourself and to make plans. It is important to know which direction fits you before you look for a job or go to school. After you've assessed yourself:

The need for self-assessment is lifelong.
When you are ready for a new job or thinking about going back to school, take another assessment. You may find that your skills, interests or values changed. Use assessments to help you explore new options.

Start by exploring your work skills.

Know Your Work Skills

A skill is being able to do a certain task. Examples of skills:

Skills are learnable. You can gain or expand skills with practice or training. That's why it's important to assess your skills at all phases of your career.  Some of your skills can transfer from one job to others. 

How do you know what your skills are?
First, do a skills assessment online. Or, you can talk with a career coach or go to your library for helpful resources. Visit the Career Development Center for additional resources.

You can also use the Occupational Outlook Handbook or O*NET Online. Look at occupations that interest you and look at the skills required. Do you have these skills?

Think about some of your favorite skills. Think about a time when you did something you were proud of. Which skills did you use?

Use the list of Common Transferable Skills below to help identify your skills. Then go to Match Your Skills to Occupations to write down your skills.

Common Transferable Skills
Skill Set Description Examples
Basic Skills These are skills needed by almost all workers. These skills are very important to have. Writing, for example, is a basic skill that gets you into a good job. Not having it can keep you out of a good job.
  • Learn new things
  • Listening
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Speaking
  • Think critically
People Skills These are some of the most needed and wanted skills. They're sometimes called "soft skills." These skills help people to work well with others.
  • Be aware of others
  • Coordinate with others
  • Help others
  • Negotiate
  • Persuade
  • Teach others
Management Skills All workers need these skills, not just managers. Employers hire people who can keep track of projects, money, and their time.
  • Manage money
  • Manage people
  • Manage things
  • Manage time
Systems Skills Can you understand how parts and wholes work together? For example, could you see what would happen to your company if a certain employee left? Or how a new tax law might change prices at the grocery store? Then you have systems skills.
  • Evaluate a system
  • Evaluate an organization
  • Understand a system
  • Make good decisions
Technical Skills Technology includes computers and equipment. Computers are common in most workplaces. People in all occupations should know how to work with technology.
  • Choose tools
  • Control quality
  • Install equipment
  • Install programs
  • Maintain equipment
  • Check equipment
  • Operate equipment
  • Repair
  • Troubleshooting

Online Skills Resources

Match Your Skills to Occupations

You should know what work-related skills you already have and how good you are at each. Find occupations that match the skills you want to use. You’ll use this list to help you explore careers.

Using the Match Your Skills to Occupations (pdf) to write down a list of your skills: personal, transferrable, and occupational. You can use the skills listed on Know Your Work Skills.  

Then, compare those skills with occupations. You can find occupational information related to your skills at the Carnegie Library Job & Career Education Center. Or,use the online skill assessments listed below. You can ask people close to you for feedback. 

Online Resources for Work Skills

Match Your Interests to Occupations

Before you choose a career or start a job search, you should know which careers match your personality. Picking the right job increases your chances of future job satisfaction and career success.

You should know what kinds of activities are interesting to you. You’ll use this list of activities to help you explore careers.

How to use an interest assessment.

Taking an interest assessment can help you understand which careers might be the best fit for you. An interest assessment will give you a broad list of career options that match your interests.

The Match Your Interests to Occupations (pdf) exercise is a short interest assessment.

Each letter matches an interest group.

Online Interest Resources

Your Work Values

Job satisfaction comes from having a job that meets your needs and fits your values.  Match Your Work Values to Occupations (pdf) has a list of work values.  It includes things people often want or value in their job.   

Not all these values will be met each day.   It is important to choose an occupation that meets most of your work values.  You're more likely to enjoy your job. You will also be more motivated to succeed.

Online Work Value Resources

Put Your Assessments Together

Look at the occupations you listed in the Occupations that Match Your Skills (pdf), Occupations that Match Your Work Values (pdf), and Occupations that Match Your Interests (pdf) exercises. List the occupations that show up on two or three of your assessment lists on the Occupations that Best Match Your Assessments (pdf).

These occupations are a good way to start as you think about your next career goal.