Marianne Able Career Services Center

Self Assessment

The first step in your career planning process is to gather information about yourself. This is important because it can realistically inform the major and career options that fit you best. The better you understand and can articulate characteristics about yourself, the better equipped you will be to find majors, internships and full-time jobs, and graduate programs that are compatible with those characteristics.

Below, move through each of the steps in the order presented as each builds on the previous step. Save each worksheet that you complete for your records and/or to share with a career counselor. 

Self-Assessment Steps

Step 1 – Clarify Interests:

Use the worksheets to the right to start thinking about what interests you and what is important to you.

Step 2 – Clarify Values:

Use the worksheets to the right to identify what motivates you and is important to you in the world of work.

Step 3 - Clarify Skills :

Use the worksheets to the right to identify the skills you possess and narrow the list of skills you want to use in the future.

Step 4 - Clarify Personality Preferences:

Use the worksheets to the right to understand your personal qualities in relation to the workplace.

Step 5- Clarify Work Environment Preferences:

Use this worksheet to determine the factors of a work environment that appeal to you.

Step 6 – Clarify Major and Career Choice:

Now that you have a better idea of your preferences, strengths, etc., use this information to explore possible majors and career choices with Career Services.


If you have questions about the above, or have completed all of the steps above and still need assistance, please contact Career Services.