What are my skills and interests?

Explore my Career Interests

Getting to know your “Career Self”

When choosing a study program, committing to a career, or simply applying for a job, it is important to make sure that this choice is a reflection of your interests, skills and ambitions.

When faced with these important decisions, it is normal to feel some measure of uncertainty or hesitation. You may ask yourself ‘Is this the right choice for me?’ or ‘Will these studies lead to a satisfying career?’.

While there can never be any guarantees with such matters, there are steps you can take to ensure that you are confident about your career-oriented decisions. Aside from researching program information, outcome statistics and placements outlooks,  the majority of these steps are centered on knowing yourself.

Personality is a very large concept that can hardly be summarized in a few lines, but one of its aspects relates to an individual’s career interests, work style preferences, personal skills and aptitudes.

This is what we may summarize as the ‘Career Self’. The following is a collection of original exercises that will assist you in identifying some elements of your ‘Career Self’. You may want to review them with family members, friends or your school’s Guidance Counsellor.

Career Tests and Tools

Various career tests and tools are available to help individuals in their career exploration. Please note that results from career tests do not provide a precise measure of career interests, but open the door for further exploration. For further explanation of your results, please consult a Guidance Counsellor at one of our nine school boards.


For login information (username and password) please contact one of our centres.

The Self-Directed Search® (SDS®) is a career interest test that asks questions about your aspirations, activities, skills, and interests in different jobs. From the responses, the SDS produces your personal three-letter Summary Code, which you can use to find occupations and fields of study that match well with your personality.

The SDS is based on John Holland’s theory that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types, Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. It is designed to help individuals choose careers and fields of study that best match their self-reported skills and interests.

The SSD can be completed online and costs $9.95.
Please see the link below for more information.