Self-Assessment and Career Exploration

College of the Arts - Career Services

There are a variety of online self-assessment tools and exploration resources available to help you discover who you are and what career options truly interest you.  The self assessment process provides a framework for making decisions among the gamut of career pursuit possibilities. Listed below are some useful online tools available to College of the Arts students.

  • Focus2  -- “Focus 2” is a self-paced online career and education questionnaire-based planning tool. By answering a battery of questions, Focus2 will enable you to assess your individual values, skills and interests and explore career fields and majors that are deemed compatible with your questionnaire responses. You will also be able to compare and contrast a list of occupations which further hone in on your interests. (For more information, go to Focus2.)
  • What Can I Do With This Major – The “Majors” exploration tool fosters an understanding of common career areas, typical kinds of employers and related professional associations, plus recommended career development strategies and more. (For more information, go to Majors.)
  • O*NET OnLine – The online version of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a primary source of occupational information for professions found in the United States.  O*NET OnLine supports your career planning by accessing key data for identifying and developing workplace skills for a breadth of occupations. (To link to this external tool, go to O*Net OnLine.)
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics – This valuable handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information. The OOH includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, typical earnings, and job outlooks for hundreds of occupations.  (To link to this external tool, go to OOH.)

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