Determine your interests, skills, and work values and use them to find career options that are right for you. North Carolina has become one of the fastest growing states in the country. This steady growth has caused a critical need for skilled workers.
Links to Career Assessments
College Foundation North Carolina (CFNC) https://www.cfnc.org/index.jsp
CFNC offers many different resources including online career assessments. Students can create their own account. Once you have an account sign in and hover on "Plan" (orange bar near the top of the page) and choose "For a Career". On the page that comes up, choose "Learn About Yourself". A page with several assessments will come up. It is suggested that you start with the "Interest Profiler."
Career and college planning site. The information you need to research careers, choose a postsecondary school, apply on-line, and find ways to finance your education.
Designed to help students learn more about themselves and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize their goals.
Jung Typology Test http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality
An assessment based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator that measures personality preferences and provides the four-letter type associated with the MBTI.
O*NET Resource Center www.onetonline.org
Search for information about careers via the “Occupation Search” box, or find occupations via the “Find Occupations” drop down menu which includes choices for occupations with a bright outlook, related to the green economy, related to STEM, as well as other options.
Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco/
This is one of the best resources available. It is developed by the U.S. Government and includes many career choices. There are many ways to search careers. The simplest is to use the box labeled “Search Handbook” near the top right hand side by typing in the name of the career you wish to read about. But you can also find careers via the links in the white box in the center of the page entitled “Select Occupations By” which includes options such as highest growth rate, median pay, highest paying, etc.
This website allows you to obtain and sort various career data, also known as Labor Market Information. For each state you can select to see a list of careers within one of the 16 career clusters or see a list of the careers in one of the six career interest categories. You can even select one from each menu to cross-reference career clusters and career interests.
Career Research Resources
Before you choose a career or start a job search, find out which careers match your personality. This will increase your chances of job satisfaction and career success.
ISEEK and O*Net are both very good online resources that will help you determine your career interest/personality.
ISEEK has a good online interest assessment with relatively few questions. The following link will explain information about interest assessments and also gives pretty clear details about Holland codes. http://www.iseek.org/careers/interestassessment.html
Then, you can take an online interest assessment at the following link:
OR check out http://www.mynextmove.org/ - this is part of O*Net and has been recommended as a good source for "finding out what you want to do".
Once you get your results, you can explore various careers within your interest profile. Also, visit https://www.onetonline.org/find/descriptor/browse/Interests/ to find more information on careers according to your interest code. Within that website, if you mouse-over the "Advanced Search" tab, you can find more ways to narrow down your search.