Identifying your skills and career interests


The following resources contain activities and information that can help you match your skills and interests with a career.


  1. Visit the following websites:
    • The Career Interest Checklist -
      Use a quick and easy checklist to find occupations to explore.
    • Career Interest Survey -
      Complete a form to determine your personality characteristics and career interests.
    • Career Search: Interest and Abilities -
      Complete an exercise to compare your interests and skills with job characteristics.
    • Interest Quiz -
      Simply answer "yes" or "no" to each question to discover where your interests lie and which careers are right for you.
    • MAPP Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential -
      This analysis helps identify your ideal job by identifying your motivations and preferences. You must submit your name and e-mail address in order to obtain the results.
    • Monster Career Quiz -
      Discover your perfect career. Read descriptions of four "dimensions" of your personality; then choose the characteristic in each pair that describes you best (for example, Extravert OR Introvert).
    • O*Net Career Activities -
      Search for specific occupations, occupations that use your skills, and/or occupations related to one you have selected. A "Snapshot" will show you the key features of a selected occupation, including characteristics of the worker and requirements of the work.
    • Queendom's Career Tests -
      Complete a variety of short tests relating to the work world. Tests include coping skills, time management, leadership, personality, burnout, assertiveness, procrastination, and more.
  2. Explore the sites. Use the bookmark capabilities of your browser to save the site locations for future use.

This lesson is part of the series "DO-IT Lessons" developed by the University of Washington. Creation of the series of lessons is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers 9255803 and 9550003. The lessons are now maintained through funds from the State of Washington. The University of Washington holds the copyright to the series of lessons, however ownership of the Internet resources referenced in the lessons may be found at the resource site. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed at these sites are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, the University of Washington or the State of Washington.