Career Interest Inventory

Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10028

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” (Anonymous). Using online tools and insight, discover your personal interests and the roles they play in choosing a career!


Finding a Career

College and Career
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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High school is said to be the fastest four years of your life. Before you know it, you will graduate and go to college or technical school, or enter the workforce.

  • Have you thought about what you want to do when you get out into the workaday world?
  • Do you know what you want to be when you enter the workforce?
  • Why do you think it's important to start exploring careers now?

It's alright if you haven't yet started thinking about your future, but you should start thinking about it and planning now! This lesson will help you get started.

Every student should have a college or career plan in high school.

You need to prepare before you enter the workforce. Planning can take a long time, even years!

Once you determine what type of career you want to pursue, you will determine if that career requires college, technical school, or a certificate.

  • What is a career?

A career is an individual's story of a continuous process of learning and development, positions held, degrees earned, and accomplishments achieved over one's lifetime.

  • What is an interest?

An interest is something you enjoy doing.

To find a fulfilling career, you must first know your interests. Reflect on some things that you enjoy doing. They could be related to school, work, hobbies, sports, clubs, religious activities, or volunteer work.

  • What are values?

Values are what are important to you in your personal life and in a work environment.

Some people value a high income, while others value shorter work days or working with and helping others. Think about what you value in relation to your career.

The Interest Profiler you will complete in the next section will produce personality types that correlate with your interests. Please read more about the personality types by visiting Holland's Six Personality Types, from Career Key.

The available career assessments will produce a personalized report of career choices based on your interests.

Continue on to the Got It? section to narrow down your career choices.

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