Career Assessments

students taking notes in classAssessments are a crucial part of successfully navigating toward a career. These personalized tests are meant to clarify your interests, values, personality, and your skills relative to occupations and careers. Many assessment tools can be found in career exploration websites, but the assessments below may be particularly useful!

Available now through the Ventura College Career Center

There are different kinds of assessments that can meet your individualized needs and deciding on the type of assessment that best fits your situation may be difficult unless the proper research is done. The Taking Career Assessment (PDF version) guide below can provide a framework for understanding how to choose and take assessments.

Two assessments that are now available at Ventura College are also part of Career Exploration Programs such as Eureka and Kuder Journey, and the instructions for their use is detailed below. The MBTI and STRONG are also available and instructions for their use are provided by contacting the Ventura College Career Center at (805) 289-6411.  Other popular assessments commonly used to asses occupational interests are provided below, also free of cost. 

Personality Assessments

Interest Assessments

Values Assessments

Skills Assessments


MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) 

This assessment will help the individual identify job families and occupations that are good fits for their MBTI type.  It can help identify occupational categories and assist in the selection of a college major.  It will identify strengths and potential weaknesses of a particular type for the career search process. 

Instructions will be provided to complete the assessment at the Ventura College Career Center.

The Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory instrument is based on the idea that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work in jobs or at tasks that they find interesting and when they work with people whose interests are similar to their own. Your interests are compare to thousands of individuals who report being happy and successful in their jobs.  Your personalized report identifies your optimum career choices based on your interests and includes additional related occupations with concise job descriptions.

Instructions will be provided to complete the assessment at the Ventura College Career Center.

Kuder Journey - Free

Kuder Journey is a comprehensive, online resource to help you plan for the future. Learn about your interests, skills, and work values and use those results to build a personal career plan, explore occupational information, and plan for career success. Kuderjourney also offers three free career assessment tests to better plan for the future.

Step 1: Go to www.kuderjourney.com

Step 2: Enter the following batch code: J3779639UUR

Step 3: Create your own account by clicking on New Users to the right. Already have an account? Click on Returning Users to continue using the system.

EUREKA - Free

EUREKA is a career and educational information system that can help you explore your career options. It has Career Assessments and other tools that demonstrate who you are as a person and how it relates to your career aspirations, your personality, transferable skills, values and more!

Step 1: Set up a user account. For first time users, visit www.eureka.org and click Create Account.

Step 2: Under Student/Client, enter this User Site ID Code: ZJWNWCO

Step 3: Use the site ID code ONCE to create a new user account. Thereafter, the code is no longer needed. 

For questions about career assessments please feel free to contact the Career Center (805) 654-6411


Taking Career Assessments

Assessments are tools to help you explore yourself. They can be based on your skills, interests, values or other traits. These traits are then matched to a broad list of careers. Assessments are key to successful career exploration, they are the first step in finding the careers that fit you best. Use the resources below to find career assessments. Not all assessments are the same, so it's important to consider the following before using one

  1. Assessments can help you consider things about yourself, such as your interests, skills and values; suggest occupations and majors to explore; provide a framework for meaningful conversations with your career or academic counselor.
  2. Assessments cannot come up with your perfect, best-fit career or major. Only you can do that, through a variety of experience.
  3. It is a good idea to take more than one assessment, rather than just one. This will assist you in looking at yourself in different ways. Each assessment is pulling information with different criteria. This will allow you to compare the results, look for patterns and themes, and/or similar career fields.
  4. Assessments are about exploring who YOU are. There are no right or wrong answers. You will not be graded. These are simply tools that give you a way to look at yourself.
  5. Not every assessment suggested will appeal to you. Take a variety of assessments to increase your chances of engaging in a process of self-exploration that will fit you best.
  6. As you do an assessment, be honest with yourself. Respond according to how you really are, not how you think you should be or how others think you should be. Don’t try to predetermine the results of the test. Genuine responses that fit you will give more accurate recommendations and results. Answering even a few questions inaccurately may give you unclear results.
  7. Assessments do not measure your future skills or knowledge, attitude or motivation.
  8. Assessments can help you explore who you are and help give you ideas.