Attendees mingle before dinner at the Career & Co-op Center's Dine & Dress for Success event.

Learn about yourself and explore career options

We at the Career Services & Cooperative Education Center help graduate students develop the understanding and skills needed to make informed choices throughout their careers. We believe that once you learn and understand yourself the decision of identifying a good career fit for you becomes easier. Knowing which particular abilities, interests and values in the process of learning about yourself, along with well-developed job search tools and skills, will help you secure enjoyable and meaningful career opportunities throughout your lifetime. 

To help you learn more about yourself, discussing results of one or more vocational assessments with a career counselor can be helpful. The Career & Co-op Center offers the following assessments free of charge:

When a student is exploring their career options, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality assessment tool that can help students identify work environments and career fields that may compliment their personal preferences, understand and manage job challenges, and evaluate job opportunities. 

SkillScan is a "hands-on" assessment of a student's strengths and transferable skills, which is helpful in exploring career options. In addition, the assessment helps students describe those strengths as they prepare resumes and cover letters, and in job and internship interviews.

The Jackson Career Explorer is an interest assessment that guides students and career seekers toward satisfying and fulfilling careers.

In addition, you can try these assessments to learn more about yourself:
  • The Interest Assessment is a quick 30-question assessment that identifies your interests and matches them to careers
  • The Skills Profiler identifies your skills and matches them to careers that use those skills
  • O*NET's Interest Profiler is a 60-question assessment that measures your interests and shows how they relate to careers.