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Assess Interests, Values, Skills, Work Preferences

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Assess Interests, Values, Skills, Work Preferences

Assess Interests

Resources in this section build on materials developed by the Florida Department of Education to help educators, students, and families explore student career assessment questions such as:  Who am I?  What are my interests, values, skills, aptitudes, and talents?

Florida resources are listed first.

Florida Virtual Campus
The Florida Virtual Campus is Florida's online resource center for information on online postsecondary courses and programs, financial aid, and college and career readiness planning, 

Career Cruiser Career and Education Planning Guide 
Student activities include quizzes, games and checklists exploring interests, values, skills, motivation, and more. 

Career Cruiser Teacher’s Guide 
Educator resources include Career Cruiser lesson plans and activities.

This new online planning tool is called MyCareerShines and will be implemented in phases beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. With MyCareerShines, Floridians will be able to explore careers, identify personal preferences for future employment, and learn about the educational requirements for specific professions. The new planning tools will replace Florida CHOICES, which will not be offered after June 30, 2015.   

Parent Primer on Career Exploration 
Parent resources include a list of questions about whether a teen has the skills and qualities employers want.

SIMPLY Careers! Helping Students with Disabilities Effectively Plan their Futures through Comprehensive Career Development: A Guide for Persons Involved in Transition Planning 
Educator resources for Step 1 (Career Assessment) of the seven step career development process include information on Levels 1, 2, and 3 career assessments and reproducible masters for a student "All about Me Organizer" and a career-related Family Survey. SIMPLY Careers!  will be revised soon to incorporate post-publication changes.

Career Clusters Interests Survey
This paper and pencil survey helps students (and adults) determine which of 16 career clusters they may wish to explore further. The career clusters were identified by the U.S. Department of Education. 

More Successful Transition Planning:  20 Top Questions and Ways to Answer Them 
This resource provides answers to questions asked by students and teachers about interests, values, abilities, and functional limitations related to work. Student worksheets included. (Free registration required.)

Technical Assistance Paper (TAP):  Non-Paid Community-Based Vocational Educational (CBVE) Programs 
This TAP discusses guidelines and issues for non-paid CBVE vocational assessment where students perform work assignments for various businesses to collect information on their interests, aptitudes, needs, learning styles, work habits, behaviors, personal and social skills, values, attitudes, and stamina. 

America’s Career One Stop 
Free on-line career assessments include Skills Profiler, Ability Profiler, Interest Profiler, Work Importance Locator, Employability Checkup, and more.

U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration Job & Career Information 
Free on-line career assessments are listed below. (You will be routed to the "ETA Exiting Page" first; click on "Click here to exit the site" to access the assessment.) 
     O*Net Career Exploration Tools -
     Skills Profiler - 
     O*NET Skills Search -  
     Employability Checkup -

NSTTAC Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit
This toolkit from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center "provides background information and resources relating to how best to conduct and employ transition assessments." 

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
NTACT is a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas and TransCen, Inc. NTACT serves as a transition resource for state and local educational agencies and vocational rehabilitation agencies and service providers. The link provided is NTACT's temporary website. The organization is in the process of building a new website. Announcements, resources, and webinars are available on the website.

Career Planning Begins with Assessment:  A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challenges 
This guide contains a directory of commonly used career-related assessments and information on selecting assessments, accommodations, legal issues, ethical considerations, and disability dynamics.

A Counselor's Guide to Career Assessment Instruments, 6th Edition 
This new (2013) edition contains reviews of career instruments in several categories as well as features of previous issues of the guide.




The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
Florida Department of Education (2010 - 2011, 291-2621A-1C008).

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