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Interests Assessment

Below is a simple interests assessment exercise that may help you learn more about your preferences. It is based on John Holland's Theory of Vocational Development. This theory maintains that people can be loosely classified into six categories: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. College majors and careers can also be sorted into these same categories. This assessment will help you learn about which of the six areas tend to relate to your interests. Next, you can look at college majors and careers that may be consistent with your preferences. You are more likely to be satisfied with career choices that are consistent with your skills, interests and values.

Read through the statements below and rate your level of interest in each area. Click on "click for total score" at the end of each section and a summary of your scores will be profiled at the end of the inventory. Print out this page when you are done to have a record of your results. We recommend you meet with a career advisor to discuss your results and career plans when you are finished.

This is not a test with right or wrong answers, nor has this inventory been reviewed for reliability or validity. Your results, however, may help you identify some specific interests you possess and become aware of related college majors and career options.
 


 

REALISTIC

 

Rate the level of interest you think you have for each area listed below from 0 (very little interest) to 9 (a high level of interest). Don't worry about your skill level. Just consider how much you enjoy each activity.
 

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INVESTIGATIVE

 

Rate the level of interest you think you have for each area listed below from 0 (very little interest) to 9 (a high level of interest). Don't worry about your skill level. Just consider how much you enjoy each activity.
 

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ARTISTIC

 

Rate the level of interest you think you have for each area listed below from 0 (very little interest) to 9 (a high level of interest). Don't worry about your skill level. Just consider how much you enjoy each activity.
 

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SOCIAL

 

Rate the level of interest you think you have for each area listed below from 0 (very little interest) to 9 (a high level of interest). Don't worry about your skill level. Just consider how much you enjoy each activity.
 

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ENTERPRISING

 

Rate the level of interest you think you have for each area listed below from 0 (very little interest) to 9 (a high level of interest). Don't worry about your skill level. Just consider how much you enjoy each activity.
 

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CONVENTIONAL

 

Rate the level of interest you think you have for each area listed below from 0 (very little interest) to 9 (a high level of interest). Don't worry about your skill level. Just consider how much you enjoy each activity.
 

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Summary of Interest Assessment Scores

 

Below is a summary of your scores. Click on the 3 areas in which your scores are highest to develop a better understanding of that type and learn how it relates to Rutgers University college majors and career options. Print out this page and discuss your findings with a career advior at University Career Services.
 


Print out this page for future reference. After you complete the interests assessment, go back to "Assess Yourself" and complete the skills assessment and the values assessment. Once you have finished each assessment, go to the next section, "Generate Options," to brainstorm ideas of college majors and careers that might be suitable for you.