Module 01: Understanding Yourself In the World of Work

1.4 Online Career Tests

Jane standing with one arm raised and an excited expression next to the word “TYPEFOCUS” with clouds in the background.

You’ve likely completed some online career tests or, if you haven’t, you’ve probably at least heard of them. Online career tests should never replace self-reflection and research, but they can offer insights into ourselves as well as occupations that we may want to consider exploring. Beware, though – never let the results from a career test, on their own, dictate which career path you take! You are much more complex that the small part of you that they are asking about in the test. Having said all of that, you may be interested in trying a few tests out.

Below, we’ve listed a few free assessments that you might consider trying. Each one is looking at something a bit different so doing all of them will give you a variety of information to work with.

For Centennial students and alumni: you have access to the TypeFocus assessment, which looks at your personality type, interests and values.

HireCentennial TypeFocus Assessment
To access this assessment:

  • log into HireCentennial and select ‘Job Search Resources’ Online Tools.
  • You may also find webinars using the ‘Challenge Cards’ tool useful for discovering more about yourself in the world of work.

If you decide to complete any of the assessments above, don’t forget to add them to your Self-Reflection Career Summary Sheet   (.docx) or (.pdf) .

Some (but not all) of the assessments listed above provide ideas for occupations that fit with your personal characteristics. Note the occupations listed that you’re curious to learn more about – you can revisit them in Module 2 where you can research occupations and career paths that fit with both your personal characteristics and circumstances. If there are suggested occupations generated by these assessments that don’t fit with your current path or your longer-term goals, don’t panic! Career assessments aren’t perfect nor do they take into account the whole you. Look at the themes or occupation clusters that came up in your results and consider why you got the results you did.


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