Ways to Explore
Take a Career Self Assessment
We offer several career assessments to help evaluate your interests, personality, values, and strengths. Consult with a career advisor to determine which assessment best fits your needs.
- Values Card Sort. Free activity to help you determine your top 5 values.
- Skills Card Sort. Free activity to help you determine your top 5 skills.
- Strong Interest Inventory: Evaluates your interests and relates them to major/career activities and options. $11.00 fee. Sample SII Assessment Results.
- Myers Briggs Type Indicator: Clarifies your personality characteristics and generates ideas for potential careers that might fit your specific traits. 2 assessment options: MBTI Form M- $17.00 fee, MBTI Form Q-$35.00 fee. Sample MBTI Form M results. Sample MBTI Form Q Results.
- StrengthsQuest: Identifies your top 5 strengths and gives you ideas for maximizing those strenghts in a major or career. $12.00 fee. Sample StrengthsQuest Results.
- Career assessments for the 2020-21 academic year are free to current students in the CCAPS majors of Inter-College Program (ICP), Health & Wellbeing Sciences (HWS) and Multidisciplinary Studies (MdS), due to the generosity of the Karin L. Larson Fund for Interdisciplinary Education Advising. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Read about path asssociated with your field of study using our Career Information by Major pages. Don't see the major youre interested in on the list? Check out the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration Major Profiles for more options.
- Research careers online using the Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*Net Online, and ISeek.
- Use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool and Candid Careers to explore career paths and choices based on the actual paths of University of Minnesota alumni. Check out what alumni report being skilled at, what they studied, and what organizations they worked at. Check out this Tips Sheet for more information.
- Read through job and internship descriptions on GoldPASS, the job posting site for U of M students and alumni.
Connect with People
- Network! Ask faculty, instructors, and advisors how other students have used their degrees. Conduct informational interviews with professionals working in fields you are exploring.
- Participate in the College of Design Mentor Program, or the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Mentor Program. These programs are one of the easiest ways to get connected to someone in your field who is willing to give you information and support!
- Meet with your career advisor to discuss your exploration and decision-making process.