The essence of career planning is finding a fit between who you are and an environment that suits you. The first step is to assess your motivations, interests, and talents. Career planning is not a one-time event, but a dynamic, on-going process as you learn and respond to change, within yourself and in the organizations with which you work.

Career Inventories and Worksheets will help you:

  • Crystallize what you want to do and what is important to you
  • Improve self-understanding and build better relationships with others
  • Increase your chances of career success by considering appropriate options
  • Articulate your strengths in cover letters, interviews, etc.

Do you know your career path?

Try out our online tool to find your way:  TREE

T.R.E.E. (Tools for career Readiness, Exploration, and Evaluation)

Try out our online tool, TREE. It includes a series of interactive career activities, steps and tips for:

  • Learning about your career goals, values, and interests
  • Exploring various career options
  • Conducting a search for jobs and internships

It will move you through the career process, and the work you do will greatly benefit you while searching for an internship or job.


Criteria to Consider Tools and worksheets to use on your own Inventories to take with a Counselor
General Notes

When using the worksheets, make sure you note the insights you have about yourself and the world of work. You will find it helpful to discuss these with a friend, family member, or career counselor.

You may also like T.R.E.E., an online system which has a series of activities and guided reflections related to all of the criteria below, and more.

The inventories will not provide you with the "answers" to what you should do, and they do not measure aptitude or intelligence. However, they will help you understand more about your own personality, interests, skills, and values.

Instructions: To take an online inventory , you will need directions and passwords from a career counselor.  You can email your specific career counselor or get this information in an appointment. To get your results, you will need to schedule a 30 or 45 minute appointment with your career counselor. The results take some explanation for you to get the most out of them.

To make an appointment, log in to your Cardinal Careers account .

Your Interests
  • Clues to Clarify Interests (pdf)
    Start thinking about what interests you and what is important to you. Answer questions such as "What would you go out and do if you knew you would not fail?"
  • 5 Lives (pdf)
    Imagine you have five lifetimes to live. What would you do? What are your dream jobs?
  • Career Areas (pdf)
    A list of sample career areas to start the brainstorming process.
  • Strong Interest Inventory
    The Strong Interest Inventory measures your level of interest in occupational areas, activities, school subjects, and work environments. It then compares your interests with working professionals in a wide variety of occupations. This assessment is taken online.
  • Career Interests Sort
    This fun and user-friendly item sort is a great way to begin looking at your options. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Complete this activity and start to find out. This activity is available through T.R.E.E. (see above.)
Your Personality Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The MBTI indicates your personality preferences. It also provides feedback on work settings and various careers where your personality type might be either a complement or a challenge. This assessment is taken online.

Your Skills

Skills Worksheet (pdf)
This worksheet can help you identify the skills you have and narrow the list of skills you want to use in the future

SkillScan Card Sort

This inventory features a hands-on card sort to help pinpoint your strengths and skill preferences. It provides you with words to help define your skills for resumes and cover letters, and for your own career decision-making. This card sort is taken with a counselor or in a workshop.

Your Values

Values Worksheet (pdf)
Motivation and fullfillment are other areas to consider when exploring career options. This worksheet can help you identify what is important to you in the world of work.

Values Sorting

This useful activity helps you identify your work-related and life values. It's important to define your values in order to make successful career choices in line with what matters to you. This activity is available through T.R.E.E. (see above) and can be discussed with a counselor.

Work Environment

Work Environment Worksheet (pdf)
Would you like to work for a big company or small company? Would you like to work for a well established organization or a start-up?

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The MBTI can help you understand your preferences for work environments. See description above.

Your Strengths Input from Others Worksheet (pdf)
To develop a complete picture of who you are and how you work best, it is important to get input from others.

StrengthsQuest helps you uncover your natural talents and understand and develop your strengths. You begin with a 30-minute online assessment and then receive a customized report detailing your top five talent themes along with action items to put these themes to work in school, career, and beyond. This assessment is taken online.

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