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My Career at UC San Diego: Assess Interests and Qualifications

Assess Interests

Find tools and resources to help you assess your career interests and qualifications.

Self-assessment in your work life is fundamental to career planning and professional development.

Online Self-assessment for Employees

SkillScan Online — an interactive and engaging process for identifying transferable skills and applying the results to career planning, career change, professional development, and self-marketing for the job search. With SkillScan Online, you can:

  • Identify and group your skill competencies
  • Assess your qualifications
  • Find helpful information in career decision-making, self-promotion, and further skill development
  • Discover complementary interactive assessment tools that focus on other important work−related characteristics, such as interests, values, and temperament.


  • Express is a quick skills assessment optimized for mobile devices.
    • Get information on skills you've targeted for development, your top career matches, and links to related careers listed in O*NET OnLine.
    • Time: 10 minutes.
    • Requirements: Works on iOS and Android tablets, smart phones, and PC’s. Microsoft Windows mobile devices are not currently supported.
  • Career Driver is a comprehensive skills assessment that provides a full-color, detailed report of your greatest strengths in 6 different skill areas.
    • Get practical suggestions for skill development, suggested career and educational options.
    • Time: 20-25 minutes.
    • Requirements: Devices requiring Adobe Flash are not supported.

Additional Resources for Employees

Career Connection Career Development Workshops (login required, search "Career Connection" and select the Calendar view) — A great opportunity to work with instructors and other UC San Diego employees in the following areas:

  • Career Planning
  • Assessing Your Transferable Skills
  • Personalizing Your Career Path
  • Setting Mid Career Goals

Professional Development: A Resource For You — A variety of tools and resources to help you plan your professional development:

  • My Personal Professional Development Planner
  • Curriculum Options
  • Training Advisor at a Glance

Mentorship — A program that matches seasoned career employees with Career Connection participants to:

  • Help assess interests and qualifications
  • Develop a career development plan delineating career objectives and professional goals

Career Counseling and Planning — Individual career consultation services:

Assessment and Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Note: this page has a friendly link that is easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/skillscan


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