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Career Exploration Coaching & Assessments

Career Counseling

The academic and career exploration team is available by appointment to provide one-on-one assistance. Students see career exploration coaches for assessment feedback, decision-making, academic and career resources, exploring and evaluating options, and goal setting. Schedule a academic or career exploration appointment through Handshake or by calling 865-974-5435.


You have online access to several assessments to assist with your career exploration needs. Individual appointments and the resources on this website will help you connect your results to UT majors and careers.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is appropriate for students choosing a major or career path. This 291-item assessment compiles your interest patterns and compares them to satisfied professionals in various occupations. In an appointment to review your results, you will learn which areas interest you the most and how they relate to majors and careers. To take the Strong Interest Inventory, schedule a major or career exploration appointment in Handshake or call 865-974-5435 for the assessment link.


PathwayU is a quick, user-friendly tool that measures your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences. Go to PathwayU to create your account (JOIN NOW if it’s your first visit) and view your personalized reports. Click here for UT majors that align with your interests. Choose Handshake in the Job Board to explore real-time career matches.


TypeFocus is a short online assessment that helps identify your personality preferences. Once you confirm your four-letter type, learn how you interact with people of other types and application to career. Visit TypeFocus to create an account. Access code:utk34

Values Inventories

Work values relate to job tasks, setting, pay, benefits, hours, pace, etc. Lifestyle values reflect preferences such as living in a particular geographic locale, family commitments, recreation, etc.

Complete the inventory to prioritize your values

Visit Onet values search and filter work values by Job Zone

Ask about taking a values card sort in an exploratory student appointment

Skills Inventories

Skills play a critical role in career development. Identify your skills by reflecting on your personal accomplishments, classroom performance in various subjects, previous jobs or volunteer positions held, and feedback you receive from others.

Complete the inventory to evaluate your skills

Take the short Skills Matcher assessment at Careeronestop

Visit Onet skills search and filter skills by Typical Education