Career Assessments

We offer online assessment tools, which are used to assist you in your career decision making. The tools described below are utilized by our Career Development Facilitators to help you expand and explore career options and/or choosing or changing your major. UNM Career Services serves all UNM students and alumni free of charge who are eligible to apply for experiential education, employment opportunities, or admission to graduate/professional schools. UNM alumni may be required to submit a copy of their unofficial transcript to document UNM alumni status. Career Services offers professional career assessments that can be interpreted by a certified Career Development Facilitator or Career Counselor.

Please note - it is not recommended for high school students to complete the Myers Briggs Type Indicator or Strong Interest Inventory due to these assessments having greater reliability for individuals 18 years of age and older.  High school students may schedule an appointment if they are admitted into a post-secondary institution for the next semester (please see community member eligibility). 

Self Directed Search

Cost: online $18.95

The next generation of John Holland’s Self-Directed Search® (SDS®) is an online career assessment and exploration tool that matches your aspirations, activities, and talents to the career choices and educational opportunities that fit you best.. From the responses, the SDS produces your personal three-letter Summary Code, which you can use to find occupations and fields of study that match well with your personality.

The SDS is based on a theory developed by John Holland, known as RIASEC theory, that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These personality types are known together as RIASEC. The assessment takes 20 minutes to complete and results are confidential. Bring your results in to our office to discuss career options with a career development facilitator. 

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment provides robust insight into a person’s interests, so you can help them to consider potential careers, their educational path and the world of work. Built on psychologist John Holland’s theory, it’s backed by more than 80 years of research into how people of similar interests are employed, and what motivates individuals in the workplace. A recent survey reported that 80% of organizations saw improvement in their ability to help students choose the right major after implementing the Strong assessment.* It delivers effective and powerful results that contribute to your students’ success.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment is one of the world’s most popular personality tools. Used by more than 88 percent of Fortune 500 companies in 115 countries, and available in 29 languages, it has become the go-to framework for people development globally. With more than 70 years of science-based, research-based insight, the MBTI assessment is a robust tool for self-awareness and improvement. It provides positive language for understanding and valuing individual differences. With practical insight that’s easy to understand and implement, the MBTI assessment has helped thousands of organizations and millions of people around the world improve how they communicate, learn, and work. 


Career Construction Interview

The Career Construction Interview (CCI), created by Mark Savickas (2011), is an in-person qualitative assessment that provides a unique and creative approach to organizing and making sense of the stories that shape and define us. The CCI is a series of 6 questions where you tell small stories about yourself that reveal a larger story around yourself and career. Working in unison with your career practitioner, the CCI will help you explore values, interests, motivational drives, and problems that may impede your career decision-making. If you are feeling stuck about a career choice, lost in transition, or unsure about an upcoming decision, consider exploring your career story with the CCI. These appointments are typically 90 minutes.