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Links to information and resources on the web on career planning and assessment of your personality preferences, interests, skills, knowledge and other criteria to match your career choices:

Career Exploration

College Board's Major and Career Central - the place to explore all the possibilities as you think about college majors and ties to your future careers.

Choosing your college major - and what you are going to do with your life.

Career majors vs. Liberal Arts majors

Ten Ways School Prepares You for the Work World - the 10 key qualities employers look for in you as a fresh graduate, with communication skills at top of the list.

The World of the University Student - What are the important skills in a student's education and what skills the workplace looks for. new!

Selling Your Liberal Arts Degree to Employers - Are liberal arts degrees of value to the employer? new!

US government websites which provide helpful information on career fields:

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, gives up-to-date and comprehensive information on over 200 most common career fields, education requirements, working conditions, earnings, job advancement, trends, and prospects. Check out:

Management occupations

Professional and related occupations

Tomorrow's Jobs analyzes how population, labor, and market demands will affect career opportunities.

O*NET OnLine - a massive database conceived by the U.S. Department of Labor to be the definitive resource to learn about jobs and occupations. Searchable by job families and titles, knowledge, skills, abilities, interests, work values and more.

Skills search

Interests search

Knowledge and subject domain search

America's Career InfoNet and its Career Resource Library help users make smarter career decisions. Of special interest to college-bound students:

Career Information - trends and projections, salaries, work-life issues.

Abilities on the Job - videos showing what skills are required in different occupations.

Career Videos - watch real people doing real work.

CareerShip - a free online career exploration adventure for high school students from Mapping Your Future, a public-service web site providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services.

CollegeJournal, from Wall Street Journal, reports on college admissions and career trends. Provides job search and career-guidance information for undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students. Includes a Job Database, Salary Information, Resume Builder, Practice Tests, and Aid and Admissions information.  

Career facts - relation between your major and your career.

Tools to help you choose a career:

The Seven Rules About Taking Career Tests, from the author of What Color is Your Parachute?

DISCOVER - College and career planning assessment for high school students from ACT. Parents can also take part in the program. Explore the World-of-Work Map. new!

Pre-College Planning Assessment - a simple occupational interest assessment exercise from Rutgers University to help you learn more about your career preferences, based on the Holland's Theory of Career Choice. Job performance, satisfaction, and other outcomes, however, may not correlate strongly with interests. new!

O*NET Interest Profiler - downloadable career exploration tool and occupational interest assessment, also based on the Holland's Theory of Career Choice.

Match Your Personality with Careers - an alternative interests assessment test from The Career Key.

Match My Career Interest - Select an interest area based on Holland's Theory that appeals to you the most, and then select up to two additional areas to find jobs that might suit you best.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is frequently used in career counseling to assess one's personality preferences - how one receives energy, gathers information, makes decisions, and receives energy. Take a test based on MBTI, and know your learning styles based on your type.

Explore Careers and Find Out What Color You Are - with quick 5-minute quiz from Princeton Review on your personal interest and style to identify potential careers (free account sign-up). updated!

Reflected Best Self Exercise developed at the U of Michigan Ross School of Business provides feedback to people about who they are when they are at their best. Assignment and Instructions.

Finding a Major or Career Path - a guide to help you choose a major and plan your career from U of Missouri. Career Interests Game.

21st century job skills - Assess your skills to prepare for the realities of work and life in the 21st century. Such skills have gone beyond the fundamental language, quantitative, critical thinking, probem solving, and people skills. Successful enterprises are looking for people who can adapt to changing needs, juggle multiple responsibilities, routinely make decisions on their own, be entrepreneuring, and more. new!

Skills defined.

Learning for the 21st Century - a new vision of learning from education and business leaders, definitions of 21st century skills, and a framework to close the skills gap from the school to the workplace.

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