Assess Yourself

What Are Your Work Preferences?

It is difficult to decide where to go if you don't know where you are at. Use these resources to learn more about yourself so you are in a better position to evaluate which career options might be best suited to you.

Most sites listed below require registration but the assessments are free and without obligation.

Resource What is it? What Can You Learn About Yourself?
Career Navigator Quizzes Part of Service Canada site, quiz results are linked to career dictionary. Once you have logged in, look for Career Navigator in left-side menu.



Think of results not as absolutes but as additional pieces of information about yourself.

Reports provide feedback on several components of vocational identity:

  • abilities
  • working with data/people/things
  • work interests ("preferences")
  • work values
  • multiple intelligences
Career Cruising Canadian site with information profiles on hundreds of careers, as well as several self-assessment tools available under the Assessments button on the upper menu bar.



When using Matchmaker, be sure to answer all 116 questions to see results which are accurate as possible.
Matchmaker gets you to rate various interests then presents a list of possible careers to explore. Complete the My Skills assessment to rate your skill potential and see how it applies to your careers of interest.

Career Decision-Making Questionnaires

Part of a long-standing research study to help you understand your career decision-making style, and how it may help or hinder.



Start with the Career Decision-Making Difficulties (CDDQ).

Results may identify possible internal and external obstacles to career decision-making (e.g., motivation, beliefs, information, conflicts, etc.).

Keirsey Temperament Sorter Web site dedicated to products and services related to understanding and assessing personality temperament. At its core, temperament theory draws on the work of Carl Jung, as do True Colors® and Personality Dimensions®.

The widely used KTS® assesses the four primary personality temperaments:

  • Guardian
  • Rational
  • Idealist
  • Artisan
Type Focus Web site dedicated to self-assessment and its application in career planning. May be used on its own or in conjunction with guidance from your Counsellor.



Access code required. Meet with a Career Counsellor to obtain yours.

TypeFocus assesses personality type (introvert-extrovert, sensing-intuition, thinking-feeling, judging-perceiving) and interests (Holland code), as well as some limited perspective on work values.

Blueprint for Life/Work Design Part of Service Canada site, the blueprint helps you discover the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to effectively design and manage your life, work and career.

Helps you identify which requirements are the most important for you in each of the following categories:

  • personal management
  • learning & work exploration
  • life/work building
Employability Skills Checklist

The "soft skills" you need to enter, stay in, and progress in the world of work... can also be applied and used beyond the workplace in a range of daily activities.

Checklist for several employability categories:

  • fundamental skills
  • teamwork skills
  • personal management skills
Ontario Skills Passport Provides clear descriptions of Essential Skills and work habits important for success in work, learning and life.

Assess, build, document and track your:

  • essential skills
  • work habits
Authentic Happiness Questionnaires Part of an ongoing Penn State University study on positive psychology and happiness.

20 questionnaires on a variety of topics, some of which are work-related including:

  • character strengths
  • work-life balance
  • life satisfaction

In addition to Career QuickTips, you may also want to:

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Notice to Users: This page has been developed by a Career Counsellor to offer self-directed resources but it is not intended to provide comprehensive advice, or to replace professional guidance.