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Skills Assessment

Below is a simple skills assessment exercise that may help you learn more about your strengths and abilities. 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 skills. Next, you can look at college majors and careers that may be consistent with your abilities. 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 skill 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 skills you possess and become aware of related college majors and career options.
 


 

REALISTIC

 

 

Rate the level of skill you think you have for each ability listed below from 0 (very little skill) 9 (a high level of skill).
 

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INVESTIGATIVE

 

Rate the level of skill you think you have for each ability listed below from 0 (very little skill) 9 (a high level of skill).
 

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ARTISTIC

 

Rate the level of skill you think you have for each ability listed below from 0 (very little skill) 9 (a high level of skill).
 

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SOCIAL

 

Rate the level of skill you think you have for each ability listed below from 0 (very little skill) 9 (a high level of skill).
 

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ENTERPRISING

 

Rate the level of skill you think you have for each ability listed below from 0 (very little skill) 9 (a high level of skill).
 

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CONVENTIONAL

 

Rate the level of skill you think you have for each ability listed below from 0 (very little skill) 9 (a high level of skill).
 

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Summary of Skills 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 advisor 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.