Self-Assessment for Career Exploration

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The first step in finding the best career for you is to learn about yourself and determine what skills you have. A skill is something you can do. There are many tools available to assist you as you search for a new career.


Self-assessments can help you know yourself better. And knowing yourself better can help you choose a satisfying job or occupational field to explore. California Career Zone has a few tools to assist you:

  • Quick Assessment - Explore jobs that best match your personality with a quick assessment. Are you realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, or conventional? Find out with this quick assessment. (Approximate completion time: 5 minutes)

  • Interest Profiler - Discover what your interests are, and how they relate to the world of work. The Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of occupations and jobs you might want to explore based on your interests. (Approximate completion time: 30 minutes)

  • Skills Profiler - What skills have you acquired through your jobs and other activities? The Skills Profiler can help you explore occupations that require your skillset. (Approximate completion time: 30 minutes)

  • Work Importance Profiler - What's important to you in a job? Discover how much you value achievement, independence, recognition, relationships, support, and working conditions in a job. Get a list of jobs that reflect your values. (Approximate completion time: 30 minutes)

Resources to Assess Your Skills

What jobs closely match the skills of your last job?
Enter a previous job title at mySkillsmyFuture to receive a list of jobs using similar skills. Information includes comparison of earnings, skills, knowledge, and the typical level of training, licensing, and certification.

Are you a veteran who wants to find a civilian job?
Visit the Services for Veterans page for information on EDD resources, occupational resources, and more. You can also visit the Monster Veteran Employment Center or the Military Crosswalk Search to translate your military skills, experience, and training to find career opportunities available. You can get assistance with your self-assessment at a local America's Job Center of California location. Use the EDD Office Locator to find an office near you.