UW Retirement Association

Encore Self-Inventory


Why not start with the BIG questions: Who am I? What are my core values? What motivates me to get up in the morning (now that the alarm has been turned off)?

Here is a simple exercise to help you answer these questions. You will need to download and print it in order to complete the exercise.


We default to specific strengths because they come naturally to us or we enjoy using them. When you’re drawing on your signature strengths, chances are you’ll feel more comepetent and fulfilled — and have more fun. The Via Character Strengths Survey is a free online tool to help you identify your signature strengths.


Are you a ‘doer’ or a ‘thinker’? Would you call yourself a ‘helper’ or an ‘organizer’? What sorts of activities engage your deepest interests? The Holland Code Career Test can clarify your interests and help you find activities where you’ll thrive.

The examples above are a small sample of the tools available for assessing your values, strengths and interests. Sites like O*Net have additional occupational self-assessment tools that are free of charge. Find the O*Net Interest Profiler HERE.

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