Career exploration staff are available by appointment to provide one-on-one assistance. Students see career counselors for assessment feedback, decision-making, academic and career resources, exploring and evaluating options, and goal setting. Schedule a Major 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. Visit 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 62-question assessment that helps you identify your personality type. Once you know your four-letter type, you can learn more about your preferences for communication and work and how you interact with people of other types. Visit TypeFocus to create an account. Access code:utk34
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
As you research careers, consider the required skills and whether or not you have or could develop them. Other ways to identify your skills include 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