Identify Your Skills and Interests

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)majorsCareers



Online Resources

Online Resources

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.

Interactive Assessments

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.

 Occupational Resources

  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook includes information on the training, education, earnings, job prospects, daily tasks, and working conditions associated with hundreds of occupations.
  • The O*Net is a database of occupations you can search by keyword or browse by knowledge, interests, skills, work styles, or job family. It also includes employment projections and suggests related occupations.


Career Information Library

The MU Career Center offers excellent print resources to help you get started looking for a major:

  • Handouts: Students may take copies of MU Career Center guides which have comprehensive advice and helpful exercise.
  • Job Search Series: This resource identifies web resources according to particular industries (e.g., Helping Professions, Science & Research, etc) and Missouri locations.
  • Magazines: Free copies of career publications such as Job Choices are available.
  • Books: The MU Career Center offers a number of books and print resources for students to research.
  • Sample titles include:
    • The College Majors Handbook (Fogg, Harrington and Harrington)
    • The Vault College Career Bible (Vault Editors)
    • Guide to College Majors - Princeton Review
    (Note: Students cannot check out books but may make photocopies for a minimal charge)
  • Ellis Library: Check out books relating to careers and occupations. Search first by accessing Merlin and doing keyword searches (e.g., accounting, anthropology careers, etc)
  • Daniel Boone Library: The public library offers many volumes on career topics.









One-on-One Assistance

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.

  • Career Specialists are paraprofessionals who have been extensively trained to provide career guidance and identify the resources that are best suited to you. You may talk with a Career Specialist without an appointment about career options, jobs and internships, resume writing and much more.
  • Career Counselors are Counseling Psychology graduate students who can help you reduce confusion, make choices, and create changes in your life. These sessions can help you make better decisions, become more aware of your feelings and needs in relationship to your career, and improve professional skills. Call or stop by the MU Career Center to make an appointment.
  • Career Coaches are Counseling Psychology graduate students who can help you identify and implement your career goals. These sessions can help you stay motivated, articulate your strengths, and achieve your desired career outcomes. Career coaches are available each Spring Semester.