Career assessments and inventories

Career assessments assist you in discovering and understanding your interests, skills, values, and personalities and in clarifying your career goals. These assessments are useful tools to help you gain self-knowledge and explore occupations and majors.

The Career Center uses the following assessments:

Kuder Journey®

Kuder Journey® is an intuitive career-planning system that empowers postsecondary students and alumni to make a successful transition. With Kuder Journey®, you gain insights and then explore a range of career and education options—all directly related to your interests, skills, and work values. This tool is free to Missouri State students and alumni. (Note: Kuder Journey® replaces the FOCUS 2 career-planning tool.)

Get started with Kuder Journey® today

Please follow the instructions below to begin using Kuder Journey® 


  1. Visit Kuder Journey.
  2. Select I need to create an account.

  3. Select I am a college student or I am a job seeker/career changer

  4. Complete the four-step registration process. 

  5. Use Journey Activation Code (J-Code) J6532854DKM 

  6. Create a username and password and set a security question and answer. Write down your username for future reference.

  7. Select Sign Me Up to complete the process. 

Using the system 

Once you have created your account, you will be directed to your home page. Begin by Taking Assessmentsthe first step in the education and career-planning process. You also can use the navigation menu to access the options under “Things to Do” and “My Portfolio Items.” 

Remember to check your messages, My Next Steps list, recommended links, and account settings where you can update your information.

Logging in

To re-enter your account, go to and enter your username and password. 

We encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your results and next steps.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)

Career counselors use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® to assist you in understanding your personality preferences and identifying job families and occupations that may be a good fit for your MBTI type.

The MBTI® was developed by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs as a measure of Dr. Carl Jung's theory of psychological types. Results provide you with information on career options, potential strengths associated with your type, and career management strategies. This assessment is free to Missouri State University students and alumni, but you need to make an appointment with a career counselor.

Strong Interest Inventory®

The Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) measures career interests and connects them to potential careers.

It is based on the work of E. K. Strong, Jr., who originally published his inventory on the measurement of interests in 1927. Career counselors often use this inventory to help students clarify their interests and career decisions. The Strong assessment measures your level of interest in six career themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC). It also measures your personal style and occupational compatibility.

This assessment is free to Missouri State University students and alumni, but you need to make an appointment with a career counselor. 

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Gain insights on your interests, skills, and work values and then explore a range of career and education options. Free to Missouri State students. 

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Please schedule an appointment with a Career Resources Specialist (CRS) to discuss taking assessments. You will need to have met with your CRS before accessing the MBTI or Strong Interest Inventory.