Free Career Assessments & Action Guides

Students Reviewing Results on Computer

You may be wondering if there are any “tests” or assessments that will tell you which careers would be a good match for you. An assessment won't give you all the answers or specify exactly what career to pursue. But it can provide some insights into who you are, along with some action steps that may be helpful to you as you explore options and, ultimately, make decisions about your academic and career pursuits.

Career & Internship Services offers the following assessments for free for CCAPS, CDes and CFANS degree-seeking students. Please email [email protected] or call 612-624-2710 for instructions to take an assessment.


CliftonStrengths for Students is an assessment used to help you identify your natural strengths, which can be utilized in making decisions and reaching your goals. Being aware of your talents can help build confidence and may lead to greater satisfaction in school, work, and other relationships.

Sample Report


The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) compares your interests to the interests of people who are happily employed in a wide variety of occupations. This assessment gives you both major and career options to explore based on your interests.

Sample Report


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) identifies your “personality type” which can be related to potential career choices and working environments. Your preferences impact what and how you do your work. Understanding your preferences will help you understand yourself and others and how you communicate and collaborate.

Sample Report

Action Guides

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) created the following Action Guides to increase your understanding of your skills, values and identity, and reflect on how this information relates to your choice of major and career planning.

Identifying Skills

This Action Guide is to help you identify your own current set of skills as well as the skills required for various professions.

Identifying Skills Action Guide

Identifying Values

This Action Guide will help you identify your core values and begin to prioritize what is most important to you.

Identifying Values Action Guide

Identity Influences

This Action Guide will help you identify and explore the influence of family, culture, and personal identity on your major and career planning. 

Family, Culture, Identity Influences Action Guide