Becoming Career Ready

When should you begin to prepare for the job market? The answer is now! It’s never too early to make a plan and begin to collect all you’ll need to build an impressive portfolio. Even if you’re not quite ready to focus on a career, take a look at these helpful tools and resources. Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to set you up for success!

2.        Take a minute to prepare a timeline or personal career action plan.

3.        Upload your timeline into Portfolium (a digital portfolio), where you can showcase/share your work with  mentors, faculty and graduate recruiters, employers and parents.

4.         Attend one or more 30-minute seminars to help get you started: Career Events

5.         Stop by to meet our Career Peer Educators (10am to 3pm, Monday – Friday)

Additional Resources:

  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) provides helpful information on a wide variety of careers, the latest occupational data, education and training, pay, projected growth rate and much more.  
  • Check out the First Destinations Survey to find out where UC San Diego Alumni are working today.
  • The web resource What Can I Do With This Major? (available through Handshake) offers strategies connecting majors to careers.

Career Assessments

The Career Center offers a variety of career assessments to meet your career planning needs. You may ask, “Is there a ‘test’ I can take to help me figure out what career is best for me?” While no tool can pick a career for you, career assessments can affirm your interests, personality and work style, values and skills as they relate to possible career choices. Stop by or schedule an appointment to talk with a career advisor to determine the career assessment best suited for you. If you are a UC San Diego alumni, please visit the Especially for UC San Diego Alumni page.

Traitify (Woofound) ®
Traitify is a unique visual personality assessment that gives you a better understanding of your personality and allows you to make better decisions about career direction. This assessment is free of charge to current students who possess a current UC San Diego email address (to be verified during registration). If you are a current student and would like to take this complimentary assessment, visit the Traitify website.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ®

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment or MBTI is one of the most popular assessments on the market. It is a powerful assessment instrument for revealing one’s personality type, identifying criteria for career satisfaction and providing possible career options.

If you would like to take the MBTI, please schedule an appointment with an advisor on Port Triton.

Gallup's Strengths ®

Gallup proves that people succeed when they focus on what they do best. When they identify their talents and develop them into strengths, people are more productive, perform better, and are more engaged. Gallup's Clifton StrengthsQuest assessment is the first step in helping people identify their talents. Clifton StrengthsFinder results give people a way to discuss and develop their unique combination of skills, talents, and knowledge -- also known as strengths. Learn your top five strengths today.

Purchase your online access code to take the StrengthsQuest assessment, and contact one of the Certified Strengths Coaches below for an individual career advising appointment to discuss your results. Don't forget to print your report and bring a copy to your appointment!

Please note that the student discount rate will not appear until you've added an individual access code to the cart and proceed to check out. Your UC San Diego email must be used at check out to receive the discount. 


Gallup Trained Strengths Coaches

Roxanne Farkas (undergraduates, last name A-L):

Giulia Hoffmann (graduate students in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences):

Jessica Kongthong (pre-health students):

Michael Stromayer (undergraduates, last name M-Z):

Joel Tolsen (graduate students in STEM):

Gallup's Builder Profile 10 ®

Understanding and using your top builder talents can help you successfully start growing something of economic value. Take this assessment to receive a customized report that will recommend ways to apply your talents most effectively. This assessment is recommended for business leaders.

When you are ready to purchase, click the take this assessment link (above) and scroll to the very last assessment at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to make a consultation report to go over your report please make an appt on Port Triton.

My Personal Career Action Plan

What is a Personal Career Action Plan pdf

A career action plan is a road map that takes you from choosing an occupation to becoming employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals.

You can now write your career action plan. It will list all the goals—both short-term and long-term—that you identified. It will include the steps you will have to take to reach them, the barriers that may get in your way and the solutions you have come up with for dealing with them.

Setting and Reaching Your Goals

When you know what you want to do, career-wise, you can then set your goals. Your career action plan will be made up of these goals and the steps you will have to take to reach them. Here's what you need to do:

  • First brainstorm to come up with a list of all your goals.
  • Then break your goals down into short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals are those you can reach in one year or less. Long-term goals are ones that are attainable in one to five years. For example a long-term goal may be completing your college degree. Completing your college applications would be a short-term goal.
  • Identify any barriers that could threaten your ability to reach your goals and then figure out what solutions can help you overcome them. If you can't find viable solutions, you may need to reformulate your goals. An example of a barrier to your goal of earning a college degree might be a learning disability. A solution that could help you get past it would be learning about the resources available to you at the college you plan to attend and then taking full advantage of them.

For additional help with your professional development please contact a career professional advisor.