The Internet is an invaluable tool for researching career self-assessment. But as with any online browsing, the number of returned search results can sometimes be daunting, especially when trying to determine the most reliable and up-to-date resources.
Well-maintained government websites are a good place to start. But private and non-profit resources that cater to career self-assessment and other related subjects also contain valuable information. With any website, it’s also important to be critical of the sources of information and be mindful of your privacy and security.
Here is a list of useful career assessment websites.
This tool offers a free career assessment provided through a matching centre that matches your profile against more than 1,000 potential careers. It also provides customized career research tools.
The University of Toronto’s online self-assessment package provides exercises to increase your understanding of yourself and to relate this knowledge to your career choices. There are four main areas of assessment: skills, personal qualities, interests and values.
This career “collaboratory” involves academic professionals, career counsellors and professional web developers who provide a multimedia library of resources that is mutually beneficial for the purveyors of information and site visitors seeking information.
This career development software provides a variety of options for students, adults, employers and communities through a self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life.
This comprehensive portal on career exploration features a directory of information, event listings and a chat room to help lifelong learners manage multiple career transitions.
This Government of Canada “Essential Skills” assessment provides profiles that describe how various occupations use certain essential skills. The site includes occupation descriptions, examples of particular tasks and complexity ratings.
This employment skill assessment is conducted through the classification of certain personality and behaviour preferences: extraverted or introverted; sensing or intuitive; thinking or feeling; judging or perceiving.
Similar to the above reference, this version of the “Jung Typology Test” determines your personality type and discovers which career choices and schools are the most suitable for you.
The Service Canada Job Bank provides career specific links and resources that help to narrow your career options. It also offers a proven process to identify, research and manage your career.
TypeFocus measures three interactive concepts: personality, interests and values. The resulting data helps to inform the career assessment process recommended by this organization, including strength assessment, occupation exploration and goal setting.
The Life Values Inventory is an assessment program to determine a values profile and next steps in your career development. The program is comprised of five steps — the first three make up the assessment portion and the last two present your results along with strategies for future development.