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Let's Get Rolling

Let's Get Rolling helps you find a career in three steps:

1. Fill out the Interest Inventory (this measures careers you are interested in).
2. Fill out the Skills Inventory (this measures skills you have now.)
3. Print out or write down your scores, then schedule an appointment with Career Services to interpret your results. Our number is (614) 287-2782.

Interest Inventory

Today's approach to career choice includes the philosophy or assumption that one can like one's work. Based on this philosophy, careers have been classified into general interest areas; students are encouraged to match their interests with these career interest areas.

Instructions: Listed below are a variety of work activities that will have varying degrees of appeal to you. Indicate how much each activity appeals to you or how skilled you are at the activity by giving it a score of 0-3.

  • Score "3" if you have a definite or strong interest in the activity.
  • Score "2" if you have a moderate amount of interest in the activity.
  • Score "1" if you have little interest in the activity.
  • Score "0" if the activity has no appeal to you at all.
Activities 0 1 2 3
Playing musical instruments in a band, orchestra, or other musical organization and/or writing music.
Routing aircraft, ships, trucks, or buses.
Installing, maintaining, and repairing computer or other computer machines.
Investigating other people's occupations, style of living, or behavior.
Designing floor plans and selecting furniture and color combinations.
Managing my own firm.
Illustrating books or magazines to design their covers.
Experimenting with living plants or animals to explore laws of growth and heredity.
Breeding pedigree dogs, thoroughbred horses or other animals.
Designing new forms of transportation or communication.
Engaging in creative dance, ballet, or rythmic gymnastics.
Supervising activities at parks or recreational facilities.
Operating office machines.
Taking care of children and assisting in their education.
Buying and selling stocks and bonds.
Drawing cartoons, comics, or caricatures of people.
Writing short stories, novels, plays or poetry.
Buying merchandise for a large store or chain of stores.
Landscaping yards and parks.
Developing an accounting or filing system for a company.
Helping people with their personal problems and important life decisions.
Farming the ocean for fish and other sea products.
Building or repairing furniture.
Teaching or helping people develop their talents and interests.
Designing experiments to create or test new drugs, chemicals, or diets.
Designing buildings, bridges, or other structures.
Refining and demonstrating my athletic skills.
Managing the public affairs division of a corporation.
Enforcing laws to protect life and property.
Posting bills for a large company.
Using wood, clay, paint, or other materials to create art objects.
Planning or coordinating a conference or convention.
Creating blueprints for buildings, machines, or electrical equipment.
Helping others in locating and securing employment.
Developing methods of long-range weather forecasting and predicting.
Assisting others in planning and managing their finances.
Doing creative photography.
Teaching others how to care for themselves and improve their health.
Advising parents about the rearing of their children.
Conducting an orchestra or directing a play.
Classifying orders, figuring price quotations, and making out price sheets.
Guarding the safety and feeding of wildlife.
Keeping financial records.
Giving presentations or writing descriptions or criticisms of sculpture, plays, books, movies, or music.
Operating an x-ray machine or other laboratory apparatus.
Lobbying for the passage of a law.
Coordinating health and social services for the public.
Setting up art, merchandise, or museum displays.
Working with or helping in the treatment of sick, handicapped, or injured individuals.
Answering and giving information over the telephone or routing phone calls.
Examining the formation of mineral deposits and determining how they may be extracted from the earth.
Writing dialog or commercial announcements for radio or TV programs.
Building houses or other structures.
Supervising the selection, placement, and promotion of employees.
Operating emergency or rescue and firefighting equipment.
Programming computers to solve complex technical problems.
Teaching business classes.
Studying the case of or diagnosing and treating diseases and physical impairments in humans or animals.
Settling disputes between labor and management.
Preparing payrolls, figuring commissions, and making salary deductions.
Managing or directing a large enterprise or division of a corporation.
Directing a social service or recreational agency.
Meeting clients, making appointments, and doing general office work.
Driving a truck, tractor, or bus.
Navigating a ship or airplane.
Studying and interpreting a foreign language.
Developing mathematical equations or chemical formulae to solve scientific problems.
Directing the sales policies for a large firm and managing a group of salespeople.
Taking dictation and typing correspondence.
Studying the solar system.
Building or operating radio or TV equipment.
Helping individuals plan their travels.
Visiting homes to help people who are in trouble or need assistance.
Teaching arts and crafts to others.
Making announcements on radio or television.
Investigating legal situations and interpreting the law.
Designing containers for commercial products.
Studying the customs and folkways of different societies and cultures.
Investigating water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Managing and representing performers, speakers, and artists.
Making bookkeeping entries, taking off trial balances, or keeping inventories.
Interviewing people for information about their beliefs and habits.
Helping others develop their physical talents and athletic skills.
Studying how people manage their time and energies to complete work tasks.
Skills Inventory

Each of us possesses skills that will allow us to function effectively at particular work tasks.

Instructions: Listed below are a variety of functional skills. Evaluate how well you perform each skill by giving it a score of 0-3.

  • Score "3" if you have strong or definite skill and wish to develop skill in this area.
  • Score "2" if you have a moderate amount skill in the activity.
  • Score "1" if you have enough skill to get by with the help of others.
  • Score "0" if you have no skill at all and do not wish to develop skill in this area.
Activities 0 1 2 3
Operating office machines.
Painting, varnishing, or staining wood or metal surfaces.
Sketching, drawing, painting, carving, or sculpting projects.
Mixing chemicals according to formulae.
Organizing campaigns for candidates in school clubs or other social groups.
Performing in athletic competitions.
Planning social events.
Entertaining others.
Planning a personal budget.
Experimenting with and creating my own recipes.
Creating new gadgets or expressing myself in original ways.
Working with wood using power tools, hand tools, or woodworking equipment.
Getting along with others who are different from myself.
Examining basic foods and telling why they are nutritious.
Reading data tables, graphs, and charts.
Setting up a scientific demonstration for a class or science fair.
Leading others in differenta activities.
Teaching or tutoring.
Entering new situations with ease or comfort.
Interpreting changes in the economy.
Persuading others to follow a new idea.
Explaining new ideas to others.
Work outdoors for long periods of time.
Developing interpretive readings of stories, poetry, or verse.
Organizing or filing materials such as records, stamps, or photographs.
Performing effectively in debates.
Understanding articles in newspapers and magazines about recent scientific breakthroughs.
Describing the different classification systems of plants or animals.
Impersonating the speech and mannerisms of others.
Reading topographical or navigational maps.
Putting together toys, furniture, or machinery that comes unassembled.
Keeping financial records.
Typing, word processing, or operating a calculator or office machine.
Managing or supervising others in a work group.
Keeping an accurate check book.
Selling products.
Using a color wheel to mix colors or create color compliments.
Naming the different cloud formations.
Organizing ideas or numbers so that they are clear and understandable.
Repairing furniture or other wood, glass, or ceramic objects.
Proofreading papers or records and finding mistakes.
Writing essays, stories, or poetry.
Designing and making clothes.
Spelling and using punctuation and grammar correctly.
Adjusting or repairing electric motors, sewing machines, or bicycles.
Keeping accurate records.
Completing tasks that require physical endurance or agility.
Using a microscope.
Singing or acting.
Using a hand calculator.
Supervising children's activities.
Arranging color harmonies and furnishings in homes.
Making clothes or wearing apparel from patterns.
Driving a tractor or truck.
Meeting new people.
Examining or keeping budgets for business.
Interviewing others to get information about attitudes, feelings, and beliefs.
Speaking on behalf of a group.
Organizing my time to accomplish tasks.
Accepting and giving criticism.
Helping others find resolutions for their disputes.
Working in an office setting and doing a good job.
Helping others feel comfortable in new situations.
Encouraging and supporting others.
Reading blueprints or schemata.
Understanding how the legal system operates and how laws are passed.
Learning foreign languages.
Playing a musical instrument.
Finding and capitalizing on bargains and sales.
Working with others in a team effort.
Acting as a secretary or treasurer in a club or organization.
Soliciting contributions to charities or political organizations.
Doing odd jobs with a saw, hammer, nails, screwdriver, or plane.
Following the storyline and message in movies, plays, or books.
Making drawings with a compass, triangle, ruler, or other instrument.
Solving puzzles or figuring out how things work.
Determining others' needs and helping them find solutions to their problems.
Giving speeches before large groups.
Performing ballet, tap dance, or gymnastics.
Identifying the major constellations of the stars.
Installing or repairing household electrical circuits.
Constructing, planting, or cultivating rock gardens, vegetable gardens, or making flower beds.
Telling stories or jokes.
Understanding other people's personalities.

Calculate Total

Alternatively, a hard copy of the skills and interest inventory can be downloaded and completed by hand.