Skills and Interests (Self Assessment)

Understanding your skills, interests, values, and personality is the first step toward choosing a career path.

Learning what you enjoy, what you’re good at, and what you value most in your life or work environment is necessary before you embark on exploring possible careers. View the sections below for resources to help you as you reflect.


Throughout the course of your life, you have gained competencies in many areas. Think about your accomplishments, and the talents that enabled you to succeed. Common skill areas include: interpersonal, communication, leadership and organizational.

For help assessing your skills, see our Skills Inventory.

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are areas of strength (personal qualities) you can transfer from one environment to another such as home, school, work, volunteerism, or extra-curricular activities. They can be used in many different environments, across occupations, regardless of the type of work. You may have attained transferable skills from:

  • Volunteering, not-for-profit organization, or community service
  • School organizations or service learning
  • Job shadowing
  • Part-time jobs or internships
  • Academic courses

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top 10 personal qualities employers seek are:

  • Leadership
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Written communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical/quantitative skills
  • Technical skills
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Initiative
  • Computer skills

For help assessing your skills, see our Skills Inventory.


What interests do you have that could be translated into a career?

  • Which projects or accomplishments have been most fulfilling and why?
  • What has been your favorite class to date and why?
  • What has been your favorite internship/job? Extracurricular activity? Hobby?
  • In your previous jobs, what did you like and dislike?


PathwayU is an online career and education counseling program. Based off of your assessed interests and goals, PathwayU uses scientific algorithms to match you with potential careers and majors that fit you best. The main goal of PathwayU is to help students find a career that they’ll feel passionate about.

It looks similar but PathwayU is VERY different from assessments you have done before

PathwayU is not a skills, abilities or aptitudes inventory.  Instead it’s a platform you can use at any age, empowered by a predictive algorithm to help guide you to an educational choice, help with vocational exploration and find employment pathways where you will live with the greatest sense of purpose and meaning.

Your online account contains assessments, personal reports, a job-matching instrument, and “how to” tools designed to help you navigate the education through career journey as well as help with job search and interview process, and shape a future work life in ways that will make it meaningful.

Use this link to set up your own account (

See our worksheets for help on clarifying your interests: