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Exploration Appointments and Assessment


The academic and career exploration (ACE) team provides individualized help for students who are choosing or changing majors. Students meet with ACE coaches for assessment feedback, academic and career exploration strategies and resources, and decision-making and goal-setting support. Schedule an unsure of major appointment through Vol Connect (via MyUTK) or by calling 865-974-5435.


You have online access to several assessments to assist with choosing a major or career path. Individual appointments and the resources on this website will help you connect your results to UT majors and careers.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is appropriate for students choosing a major or career path. This 291-item assessment compiles your interest patterns and compares them to satisfied professionals in various occupations. In an appointment to review your results, you will learn which areas interest you the most and how they relate to majors and careers. To take the Strong Interest Inventory, schedule an unsure of major appointment in Vol Connect (via MyUTK) or call 865-974-5435 for the assessment link.


PathwayU is a quick, user-friendly tool that measures your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences. Go to PathwayU to create your account (JOIN NOW if it’s your first visit) and view your personalized reports. Click here for UT majors that align with your interests. Choose Handshake in the Job Board to explore real-time career matches.


CliftonStrengths helps students identify their talents, develop those talents into strengths, and apply their strengths in experiences that will help them be successful both inside and outside the classroom. To learn more, click here.


TypeFocus is a short online assessment that helps identify your personality preferences. Once you confirm your four-letter type, learn how you interact with people of other types and application to career. Visit TypeFocus to create an account. Access code:utk34

Values Inventories

Work values relate to job tasks, setting, pay, benefits, hours, pace, etc. Lifestyle values reflect preferences such as living in a particular geographic locale, family commitments, recreation, etc. Visit Onet values search and filter work values by Job Zone. Schedule an unsure of major appointment in Vol Connect (via MyUTK) to complete a values card sort with an Academic and Career Exploration Coach.

Skills Inventories

Skills play a critical role in career development. Identify your skills by reflecting on your personal accomplishments, classroom performance in various subjects, previous jobs or volunteer positions held, and feedback you receive from others. Take the short Skills Matcher assessment at Careeronestop Visit Onet skills search and filter skills by Typical Education