Careers and Employability Centre

Your interests and motivations

Thinking about your interests and motivations can help you to formulate ideas about jobs and sectors that might suit you

Find us on Canvas

Our Canvas site contains lots of advice on career planning, as well as finding experience and making applications! Look out for Q&A discussion sessions on Zoom throughout the year, too.

To kick-start your career planning, it can be helpful to consider:

  • your personality - what you're like and what kind of roles and organisations might be a good match
  • your abilities and skills - what you're good at and the skills you've developed in your life so far
  • your interests - what you enjoy doing and what kind of careers are appealing
  • your values - what you care about and what's important

Online questionnaires and personality tests

Use online quizzes to help you learn more about yourself. Once you have an idea of your interests and motivations, you can use this knowledge to start building your career profile.

Prospects

Career Planner - match your skills, motivations and desires to potential careers

Job Match - answer questions about what you find interesting, purposeful and rewarding to receive job matches and recommendations

16Personalities

16Personalities - free personality questionnaire, with an in-depth report covering strengths and weaknesses, career paths and workplace habits (among others)

Typology Central

Jung Personality Test - free personality test combining two powerful systems for evaluating personality type – Jungian Cognitive Functions and Personality Dichotomies. Receive a report with your personality type and a link for more information

Career planning worksheets

Use our worksheets to help you think about your interests, skills, values and personality.

Worksheets

Book onto a career planning workshop