A career assessment is a tool which can give you an indication of what jobs are a match for your interests and abilities and which careers might best suit your skills and aptitudes.
There are a variety of career assessment tests and tools available online. Many are free, others charge for all or some portions of the test. Before you start the career assessment — and spend time doing it — check it out to see what fees, if any, there are.
When you take a free career assessment test online, keep in mind that some of these tests aren't scientifically validated. However, they are quick and easy to take and can give you insight into what type of work you might want to do and what careers are a good match for you. We recommend that you take these assessments in conjunction with scheduling a visit at the CVCC Career Connections or Region 2000 Workforce Center. At these locations, CVCC counselors can help you review your assessment results and select your career path. Counselors may also recommend additional assessments to further help you develop your career plans.
One online assessment that is highly recommended is The Virginia Wizard. The Wizard is an online resource to assist job and career seekers assesses their interests, values and skills. The Wizard also can help with finding resources to pay for college; help you choose a career, get the information you need to pursue your career, find the college that is right for you, transfer from a community college to a university, and get answers to your questions about your future. Go to www.vawizard.org or contact us at 434—832—7620 for more information.