Identifying What is Important to You in Your Career Choices

Many changing variables such as your personal situation, interests or the current employment market can have an impact on your career choices. Key factors in making informed career decisions include:

  • skills/attributes: your personal strengths and weaknesses
  • abilities: which can be assessed via psychometric ability tests such as verbal, numerical and diagrammatic reasoning
  • values, motivation and personality: find out about free online tests below
  • practical aspects: for example, location or personal commitments, such as family

Understanding who you are and what is important to you will enable you to filter the wide range of career opportunities available and can help you identify what you are looking for in your career. The box below contains details of several free resources that you can use to help with your career planning.

Profiling for Success - personality, values & learning styles questionnaires

The following free questionnaires are available to University of Aberdeen students and graduates:

  • Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI): looking at your preferences and style according to four different dimensions of personality
  • Values-based Indicator of Motivation: identifying the values that matter to you most
  • Learning Styles Indicator Questionnaire: looking at the way you prefer to approach learning tasks

How to access the questionnaires

  • Current University of Aberdeen students: click on the button below and enter your student username and password. You will then see instructions for accessing the questionnaires.
  • Graduates of the University of Aberdeen: please contact us and we will send you links to the questionnaires.
Career Choice Tools

A number of career choice tools are freely available online.

Based on your skills, interests and other personal factors, these tools build your individual profile and suggest job types which may be of interest to you.

You can also use these tools to research the job types further and as a basis for discussion with a Careers Adviser.