Career assessments

What is a career assessment?

Undecided? You’re not alone.

Did you know that at least 50% of new college students don’t know what they want to study or do for a career? And of those who know what they want to study, 70% change their mind at least once.

peer advisors can help you use these tools!Career assessments are free tools that help you identify possible major or career directions. Completing career assessments is an important part of the career decision-making process, and we strongly encourage you to work with our team to get the most benefit from the assessments.

Assessments are great for students who haven’t completely decided on a program or career. (If you have decided, meet with us to research salary, scholarships, and transfer options.)

Note: Career assessments don’t tell you which career or major to choose. They help you narrow or expand your career and major options.

Contact us to make an appointment to take a career assessment.

Meet our career assessment tools

FOCUS 2: a self-paced, online career and education planning tool that is designed to help you make decisions about future career goals and education plans. FOCUS 2 provides five self-assessments to help you identify your top work interests, values, skills, personality type, and leisure time interests and explore occupations and major areas of study compatible with your personal attributes. You can use FOCUS 2 to help choose or change your major and also to verify your choice of a career field.

Oregon CIS

Oregon CIS: A career database that includes current employment, wages, outlook, hiring practices, preparation, and licensing for over 600+ occupations. These occupations cover over 95% of the labor market in Oregon. Oregon CIS also has four career assessment tools, including our favorite the SKILLS assessment, which will help you find careers and college programs that use the skills you enjoy most. Studies show that career satisfaction is highest when you use your natural skills and abilities on the job. Log in to Oregon CIS »

Additional assessments are available in our Career and Life Planning classes or for students engaged in career counseling with a PCC Counselor.

Don’t be shy – if you need help, contact someone at PCC!

If you are… Then get help from…
Looking for help with career assessments Career Exploration Center
Wanting a DIY guide to choosing your own career How to choose a career
Frustrated, facing barriers, having difficulty making decisions Career Counseling