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interest assessment

s you explore careers, you should know what skills, talents and personality traits you bring to the workplace. Assessments are fun tools that help you discover what you like and dislike, what youre goodat,andhowwellyourinterestsmatchuptodifferentcareers. Nomatterwhatyourage,youllbenefitfromtakingthetimeto consider what you like, what youre good at, your values and whether your job options are making the best use of your talents.

STEP 1:
Read each statement on page 5. If you agree,fillinthe correspondingsquare.

If any assessment gives you a list of careers that is not interesting to you or that youd never seriously considered, dont panic. You should always take a few assessments, talk with a career counselor, and discuss your options with family and friends before making your career decision. CareerOneStop The overall goal of an assessment is OnlineCareerToolsincludetheSkillsProfiler to get you thinking about careers that to gauge what skills you have that interest you might enjoy. employers. Also, use the Employability Check-Uptooltoseewhichjobsrequire The interest assessment located on the your current education and skill levels. nextpageisbasedonHollandsInterest www.CareerOneStop.org Inventory.Whenyourefinished,youll haveaninterestprofilethatmatchesyour interests to career clusters. If you already ISEEK knowyourHollandInterestProfile,you The Explore Careers section has more can jump ahead to Step 3. If not, take this information about career assessments, quickassessmentnow. including the ISEEK Skills Assessment with the Skills Match-Up feature that compares your The MnCareers interest assessment is just skillstooccupationrequirements. one of many options. To the right is a list www.iseek.org of other assessments available.

O*NET
Use the Skills Search to match the skills you already have to possible career choices. http://online.onetcenter.org

Minnesota WorkForce Centers


Helpingpeoplegetgoodjobsandfindcareer direction is what Minnesota WorkForce Centers are all about. The WorkForce Centers offerseveralassessmentssomeyoudo aloneandothersrequireacounselor.See page 124 for more details. http://mnwfc.org

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i like to:
do puzzles work on cars attend concerts, theaters or art exhibits work in teams organizethingslikefiles,officesoractivities set goals for myself build things readfiction,poetryorplays have clear instructions to follow influenceorpersuadepeople do experiments teach or train people help people solve their problems take care of animals have my day structured sell things do creative writing work on science projects take on new responsibilities heal people figureouthowthingswork put things together or assemble models be creative pay attention to details dofilingortyping learn about other cultures analyze things like problems, situations or trends play instruments or sing dream about starting my own business cook act in plays think things through before making decisions work with numbers or charts have discussions about issues like politics or current events keep records of my work be a leader work outdoors workinanoffice work on math problems help people draw give speeches

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STEP 2:
Add the columns from the previous page and record the number of filledboxesforeach letter to the right.

R = realistic I = investigative A = artistic S = social E = enterprising C = conventional

Total: Total: Total: Total: Total: Total:

STEP 3:
The three letters with the highest scores are yourInterestProfile. Recordyourprofileto the right.

My Interest Profile:

realistic people are

STEP 4:
To the right are descriptions for each interest code. Read the descriptions for the codes in your Interest Profile.

DOERS. They are often good at mechanical or athletic jobs. They like to work with things like machines, tools or plants and they like to work with their hands. They are often practical and good at solving problems.

social

peopleareHELPERS. They like to work directly with people rather than things. They enjoy training, instructing, counseling or curing others. They are often good public speakers with helpful, empathetic personalities.

investigative people

areTHINKERS.Theyliketo watch, learn, analyze and solve problems. They often like to work independently, tend to be good at math and science and enjoy analyzing data.

Enterprising people

are PERSUADERS. They like to work with other people; they particularlyenjoyinfluencing, persuading and performing. They like to lead and tend to be assertive and enthusiastic.

artistic people are

CREATORS. They like to work in unstructured situations where they can use their creativity and come up with new ideas. They enjoy performing (theater or music) and visual arts.

conventional people

are ORGANIZERS. They are very detail oriented and like to work with data. They have good organizational and numerical abilities and are good at following instructions. Conventional people also like working in structured situations.

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STEP 5:
Match your Interest ProfilefromStep3 to the interest codes below

R-Realistic

 

Agriculture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arch. & Construction . . . . . . . . . . Arts & Communications . . . . . . . . HealthScience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hospitality&Tourism . . . . . . . . . Information Technology . . . . . . . Law & Public Safety . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Science, Tech & Math . . . . . . . . . . Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg. 24 pg. 28 pg. 34 pg. 56 pg. 64 pg. 72 pg. 76 pg. 80 pg. 88 pg. 92

R and I

HealthScience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 Information Technology . . . . . . . pg. 72 Science, Tech & Math . . . . . . . . . . pg. 88

R and A R and S
 

Arts & Communications . . . . . . . . pg. 34

I-Investigative


HealthScience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 Information Technology . . . . . . . pg. 72 Science, Tech & Math . . . . . . . . . . pg. 88

HealthScience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 HumanService. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 68 Law & Public Safety . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 76

A-Artistic S-Social
 

Arts & Communications . . . . . . . . pg. 34 Education & Training . . . . . . . . . . pg. 44

R and E


Arts & Communications . . . . . . . . pg. 34 Hospitality&Tourism . . . . . . . . . pg. 64

Education & Training . . . . . . . . . . Government. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HealthScience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HumanService. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Law & Public Safety . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing & Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg. 44 pg. 52 pg. 56 pg. 68 pg. 76 pg. 84

R and C

Arch. & Construction . . . . . . . . . . pg. 28 Manufacturing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 80 Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 92

I and S


HealthScience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56

E-Enterprising

Arts & Communications . . . . . . . . Business & Management . . . . . . . Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hospitality&Tourism . . . . . . . . . Law & Public Safety . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing & Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . Government. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg. 34 pg. 40 pg. 48 pg. 64 pg. 76 pg. 84 pg. 52

A and S

Education & Training . . . . . . . . . . pg. 44

A and E S and E

Arts & Communications . . . . . . . . pg. 34

C-Conventional

Arch. & Construction . . . . . . . . . . Business & Management . . . . . . . Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HealthScience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing & Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg. 28 pg. 40 pg. 48 pg. 56 pg. 80 pg. 84 pg. 92

Government. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Law & Public Safety . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 76 Marketing & Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 84

E and C

Business & Management . . . . . . . pg. 40 Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 48

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