Using assessments can help adult students who want to return to school determine which program of study may be right for them. Assessments identify qualities and characteristics that can guide career decision-making and help determine which academic program will help achieve career goals. Assessments can also identify which teaching and learning styles may be right for them.

The links below are a good place to start in assessing interests and learning/working styles. Check out the list below and begin the discovery of your next career!

Self-Directed Search »

The SDS is based on the use of six occupational types:  Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC). Individuals answer questions about their aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations, and other self-estimates and discover occupations that best fit their interests and skills.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator »

The MBTI is a widely used assessment for understanding individual differences and uncovering new ways to work and interact with others. It shows students how their type affects their career exploration and discusses the benefits of choosing a job that is a good fit for their type.

O’Net Interest Profile »

This assessment can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. The O*Net Interest Profile helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore. This free assessment is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

What is Your Learning Style?

Take this assessment to understand your learning style. Understanding how you learn will help you improve your study/note-taking/course review practices.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter »

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a 70-question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type.

Launch My Career Tennessee »

American Institute for Research’s (AIR) College Measures, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), and Gallup – with funding from USA Funds have created a tool designed to address the challenge of measuring what kind of return a graduate can expect from an investment in different degrees, and which degrees or majors lead to self-sustaining employment.

This planning tool uses data from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development are linked to provide information on the Return on Investment of public postsecondary education in Tennessee. If you are looking at more than one degree program, or know which program you want to complete, this tool will provide information on expected salary and job opportunities in Tennessee.


At TN Work-Learn-Earn, you can explore careers in Tennessee that are in demand. Information is available about education requirements and anticipated salaries in high-demand pathways in the state. If you are not sure what direction you would like to go with your career, this is a great starting place.