Below is a simple interests assessment exercise that may help you learn more about your preferences. It is based on John Holland's Theory of Vocational Development. This theory maintains that people can be loosely classified into six categories: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. College majors and careers can also be sorted into these same categories. This assessment will help you learn about which of the six areas tend to relate to your interests. Next, you can look at college majors and careers that may be consistent with your preferences. You are more likely to be satisfied with career choices that are consistent with your skills, interests and values.
Read through the statements below and rate your level of interest in each area. Click on "click for total score" at the end of each section and a summary of your scores will be profiled at the end of the inventory. Print out this page when you are done to have a record of your results. We recommend you meet with a career advisor to discuss your results and career plans when you are finished.
This is not a test with right or wrong answers, nor has this inventory been reviewed for reliability or validity. Your results, however, may help you identify some specific interests you possess and become aware of related college majors and career options.
Print out this page for future reference. After you complete the interests assessment, go back to "Assess Yourself" and complete the skills assessment and the values assessment. Once you have finished each assessment, go to the next section, "Generate Options," to brainstorm ideas of college majors and careers that might be suitable for you.
Research Your Interests
- My Road- A free interest survey at CollegeBoard that takes about 15 minutes to complete; take a personality assessment and explore related careers and majors.
- Big Future through CollegeBoard - with articles and videos to research different majors and career paths.
- CaliforniaColleges.edu has some excellent career planning resources
- Do What You Are - A reasonably priced interest assessment that takes about 30 minutes of your time. NOTE: If your school has Naviance, this might be offered for free through your Naviance portal.
- O'Net Interest Profiler - A more sophisticated assessment with comprehensive occupational information for exploring occupations and career paths; developed under the sponsorship of the US Dept of Labor. Students take an Interest Profile Survey that helps them begin the exploration process.
- College Majors 101 - A website packed with information for each college major: general description, which colleges offer this major, employers, publications, news, student competitions, and informational videos.
- Educate to Career - a non-profit that generates beginning salary averages for academic majors within a specific school.
- Payscale.com - determine what you might earn, through the largest salary profile database in the world.