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Discovering Strengths and Interests

Identifying your skills, interests, and work values will help you to find a more satisfying and rewarding career.

You will also find this information helpful when you are in the process of choosing a major. The Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development offers both on-line and paper-based assessment services to assist you in identifying your strengths and interests. It is important to meet with a Career Advisor to select the appropriate assessment tool. A Career Advisor can also help you understand the results of the assessment tool and explore career options.

Career Assessment Tools

(Available to current Iona students)


  • 16Personalities - Combines Myers-Briggs, Jungian, and the Big Five theories to identify your personality type and how you interact with the world around you.
  • Holland Code - Examines your suitability with different careers based on 6 occupational themes.


  • Self-Directed Search - A self-administered and self-scored career counseling tool to help you explore your occupational activities and competencies in relation to occupational clusters based on the theory of psychologist, John Holland.
  • Strong Interest Inventory - A questionnaire that will help you determine your level of interest in a wide variety of occupations, occupational activities, hobbies, leisure activities, school subjects and types of people.
  • Strong Interest Explorer - A self-scored assessment in workbook form that examines interests and highlights steps to help identify appropriate education and career options.
  • Values Clarification - A questionnaire designed to help you identify your work related values and how they influence career choices.
  • Skills Inventory - A questionnaire designed to identify your skills and how they influence career choices.
  • Career Decision Making Pyramid - Activity that helps you to determine where you are in the career decision-making process and identify appropriate next steps.