Skip to main content

Career Assessments

Boise State Career Services offers several career assessments designed to assist you in your career exploration. Assessments help you explore and clarify your career choices by providing information about YOU and CAREERS. While you might think of them as “tests,” they are called “assessments” because there are no right or wrong answers.

Career assessments are tools used in the career counseling process, and therefore, an appointment with a career counselor is necessary prior to career assessment use, with the exception of PathwayU. Make an appointment here.

About Our Career Assessments

What a Career Assessment WILL Do

  • Provide you with information about your interests, abilities, values, or personality
  • Show you how those things may relate to careers and the process of choosing a career path
  • Give you potential career options and career information to explore

What a Career Assessment WON’T Do

  • Tell you what you should do with your life
  • Predict the future
  • Tell you what the “best” career for you is

Career Assessments We Offer

PathwayU

PathwayU is a self-guided online career assessment that uses scientific algorithms to help you explore career options based on your interests, personality, values, and workplace preferences. The goal of PathwayU is to help you find a career with purpose and meaning by helping you learn more about yourself and which careers might be a good fit based on your gifts. PathwayU can be used by individuals exploring majors or careers, or those who are already in a career and considering making a change. In addition, PathwayU offers other resources, including detailed career matches, occupational exploration, a job and internship board, and work preparation tools.

This assessment is offered free of charge.

Learn more and take PathwayU here.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI is an assessment that helps you understand your personality type, personality preferences, and how those preferences affect your career choice. For this assessment, you don’t need to know what work tasks you like or are good at – the questions you’ll answer are simply about who you are and how you do basic things in your daily life.

You’ll be provided with a report of your results, which will be interpreted for you by your Career Counselor. The report will provide detailed information about your personality preferences and how those preferences impact your career choice. It will also provide information on the career fields other people with your same personality type are most likely to be working in.

This assessment has a cost associated with it. Contact Career Services for information about current pricing.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory is a well researched and validated career assessment that focuses on what you enjoy doing. While it only considers interests and does not specifically assess abilities or values, it takes a very in-depth look at your interests.

You’ll be provided with a report of your results, which will be interpreted for you by your Career Counselor. The report will provide information on personality traits that align with your interests. It will also provide a detailed breakdown of how similar your interests are to the interests of professionals working in a variety of career fields.

This assessment has a cost associated with it. Contact Career Services for information about current pricing.

CliftonStrengths for Students

The CliftonStrengths for Students assessment uncovers which talents you rely on to build relationships, think strategically, execute plans and influence others to accomplish goals. This assessment can help you discover what you bring to the table so that you can maximize your performance in school, work, and beyond.

Well researched and utilized by a variety of universities around the nation, CliftonStrengths for Students gives you insight into your unique talents through quick reaction response questions (about 15 seconds for each question). Once these questions are complete, you’ll receive a personalized report from your Career Counselor on your Top 5 Strengths, how they all work together within you, and an action planning guide for ideas on how to take advantage of your Strengths to live up to your ultimate potential. Your Career Counselor can help and support you as you Name, Claim, and Aim your Strengths to achieve your goals.

This assessment has a cost associated with it. Contact Career Services for information about current pricing.