The MU Career Center encourages students to look for a career path or major that will capture their interests, utilize their strengths, and match with their values. Here are some ways in which you can learn more about your skills and interests.
MU Career Center Assessments
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Self-assessments are easy and interactive activities for deciding students. Our well-trained staff will direct you through the process and help you interpret the results. These tools will not necessarily tell you what major or career to pursue, but will suggest occupations or roles that are well-suited to you.
The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is a paper and pencil assessment that focuses on your interests. With your SDS personality profile the staff at the Career Center can provide you with a computer-generated list of suggested occupations. ($15)
The StrengthsFinder helps you identify your own natural talents. Knowing your talents, you can build them into strengths that can help you exploring roles you would like,applying for jobs, and being successful at work. ($15)
The Missouri Card Sort is the assessment of choice if you are looking for individualized help in your career planning process. In using the card sort, you work with a career specialist to identify your favorite occupations or majors and to help you clarify your values, interests, and abilities. (Free)
You can get started now exploring your skills and interests. Many sites offer free and up-to-date occupational information to help you research careers. In addition to these recommended sites, you may do a general online search for the occupation in which you are interested.
The Career Interest Game is designed to help you match your interests and skills with similar careers. It can help you begin thinking about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and careers. (free) Play Now!
The O*NET Skills Search finds occupations that will most closely match your skills. (free) Search Now
The Strengths at Mizzou website is available to help students, faculty, and staff learn more about StrengthsQuest and how the MU Career Center can help you learn from and get the most from this assessment.
Career Information Library
The MU Career Center offers excellent print resources to help you get started looking for a major:
The MU Career Center staff is eager to speak with you about any of your career decisions and plans. We are located on the lower level of the Student Success Center, open from 9:00am-5:00pm when the classes are in session. No appointment necessary.