Personal Assessment

Explore and Discover Your Career Motivators and Interests

Assessing yourself personally is essential in knowing what direction to take in your career. You may know for certain that you want to move up in your position (career accelerator), or you may want to change directions with your career (career changer). Like many students, you may have come to business school considering multiple options or are uncertain which path you’d like to take (career seeker). 

Tools for Personal Assessments

CBCC Career Guide

The career exploration chapter from Carlson CBCC Career Guide on career exploration including the importance of self-assessment, researching careers, and experiential research.


CareerLeader® Assessment – CareerLeader® is a self-assessment built on the premise that one’s interests, motivators and skills will drive your future career success and satisfaction.  Once you complete the 30-minute online assessment, CareerLeader® will provide a personalized results report including Interests, Motivators, Skills, Career Match, CultureMatchTM. Contact the CBCC office or your career coach if you would like more information or to request access to this assessment.


CliftonStrengths is an assessment tool, based in positive psychology, that helps users identify their top 5 personal talents and strengths.  Insights drawn from CliftonStrengths provide a foundation for clarifying the best type of work and environments that suit your talents.   In addition, users can incorporate their strengths into their personal positioning statement, LinkedIn profile, resume, cover letter and behavioral interview stories. Contact the CBCC office or your career coach if you would like information on this assessment. 

Hedgehog Project

A great site for learning about professional career paths (create account with your UMN email account). The site delves deeper in the many paths that MBA professionals can take, hear stories, and helpful descriptions on what various paths look like.

VIA Character Strengths

VIA Institute on Character specializes in helping people understand their unique strengths.  Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you become more engaged in your work, manage and overcome problems and enhance health and overall well-being.

Designing Your Life

A video about ensuring you are satisfied in your next career move.

16 Personalities

Career exploration starts with personal awareness. Take this easy assessment to gain a better understanding of how you process information, make decisions, get energy and more!

Career values assessment tool

Our career values serve as the compass for our careers.  Invest time learning more about your career values.