Career Assessments

Unsure of a career or major? UCSC Career Success offers assessments that can help you gain clarity.

Focus 2 Assessment

Focus 2 Careers is an online, interactive self-guided major and career exploration tool. It is meant to introduce you to your career interests, and we encourage you to explore your results using these resources as well.

COST: Free

LENGTH: 30-40 minutes total

Access Focus 2

  1. Login to Handshake, our job and internship platform.
  2. Navigate to the "Career Center" page by clicking the Career Center tab in the top right.
  3. The Career Center page has three buttons at the top: Appointments, Resources, and Surveys. Click the Resources button.
  4. Click the "Focus 2" button for more information on accessing Focus 2 and a login link.

Monterey Bay Connect Assessment

Monterey Bay Connect has an assessment that connects your interests to career pathways. It is available to all UCSC students, staff, faculty and alumni.

COST: Free

LENGTH: 20 minutes for the main assessment, plus additional opportunities to research career pathways.


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI is a personality assessment that helps you better understand yourself and the career possibilities you may find satisfying by evaluating how you perceive the world and make decisions. 


First meet with a career coach for further instructions on how to purchase the assessment.

COST: $15

LENGTH: 30-35 minutes


Strong Interest Inventory (SII) 

The SII is an interest inventory that identifies your areas of interests, occupations, and majors (if applicable) that you may be interested in pursuing.


First meet with a career coach for further instructions on how to purchase the assessment.

COST: $15

LENGTH: 30-35 minutes


What's next?

Visit Career Success if you have questions on your results. A career engagement specialist can assist you with interpreting the information you've learned about yourself, potential majors, and careers.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the Career Center at csuccess@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-4420.