Are you a first-generation college-goer? Do you feel stuck trying to figure out what you’re good at? Is the endless sea of college majors intimidating you, because you simply don’t know what to do?
The best way to find out what you would enjoy studying in college is by taking a career inventory or personality test. Many of these can be found online at the websites we’ve listed below.
To start, check out the career planning test at https://www.sokanu.com!
Whenever you take a career inventory test, be honest! Don’t answer how you think you “should” answer, or how someone else might want you to answer. The more honest you are with the test and with yourself, the better your results will be. Take it somewhere that is quiet and private, and try not to share your answers with anyone else.
By figuring out what you are interested in and/or might be good at, you will have an easier time deciding on a major.
To figure out what you might like, start by…
- Talking to people in your family to figure out what they like. Usually if your family has many people with a common interest or skill, you are more prone to being good at that as well.
- Talking to your teachers and counselors. Sometimes others can see in you what you have trouble seeing in yourself.
- Job shadowing! The best way to learn about a job is by engaging with it hands-on to see if it’s a good fit for you.
- Interning in a field you think sounds interesting/cool/fun! There are a lot of opportunities for recent high school grads that offer work experience to help you decide if you like that certain field/job.
- Going on UtahFutures.org. There are thousands of ways to play around on there, take quizzes, search occupations, and learn about possibilities for your future.
- Pursuing what you love. If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life! Don’t let people squash your dreams by telling you that the job you want “isn’t good enough” or “doesn’t make enough money.” If that’s what works for you, you will find a way to be successful at it.
Other Popular Career Inventory Tests:
- https://jobs.utah.gov/wi/pubs/employmentcounselors/holland.pdf (printable version)