Resources for Advising Students

Determining Interests, Values, and Skills

Build Awareness

Students may meet with a career advisor one-on-one to discuss their interest and complete an interest assessment. Advisors meet with students to unpack interest assessments and provide guidance based on each individual’s unique goals and circumstances. Encourage students to make an appointment through Handshake.


Meet with a Career Professional 

The following resources can be administered to students by a career professional. 

Jackson Career Explorer (JCE) 

JCE is a career-focused interest assessment that provides students with a comprehensive report detailing preferred job and education groups, basic interests, and work personality preferences. Additionally, the report provides links to O’Net job codes. 


SkillScan is an interactive online career assessment that analyzes students’ core strengths and preferences. The report provides students with detailed information about strengths, targeted ideas for skills development, and suggestions for career and educational options. 

Values Sort  

Students will utilize a card deck to categorize their personal values.  Through guided reflection, students can understand how their values impact their daily lives. Students can use this knowledge to determine the type of career and work environment that is in alignment with their core beliefs. 


 Online Resources Available to Students:


Career Exploration Resources

Students can schedule an appointment with a career professional in their college to discuss potential career paths. Students can schedule an appointment through Handshake. Additionally, students may explore career information through a variety of online resources:


Student Career Resources

Students have instant access to career information, tips, and sample career documents on the Career and Professional Success student resources page.

Further Readings

The following articles address a variety of topics pertaining to students in higher education and their career and professional endeavors.

Creating Relevancy: Linking Classroom Content to Students’ Lives

Bernard, S. (2010, December 1). “Science Shows Making Lessons Relevant Really Matters” Edutopia. Retrieved from

Briggs, S. (2014, October 4). “Relevant To Your Students (And Why It’s Crucial To Their Success)”informED. Retrieved from

Much, N. & Mentkowski, M. (1982). “Student Perspectives on Liberal Learning at Alverno College: Justifying Learning as Relevant to Performance in Personal and Professional Roles” National Inst. Of Education. Retrieved from

Roberson, R. (2013, September). “Helping students find relevance” Psychology Teacher Network. Retrieved from

Wyre, S. (2013, June 14). “The Importance of Relevancy in Improving Student Engagement and Learning” Faculty Focus. Retrieved from

Academic Value of Internships

Binder, J.F., Baguley, T., Crook, C., Miller, F. (2015). The academic value of internships: Benefits across disciplines and student backgrounds. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 41, 73-82. Retrieved from

Work-Based Learning

Lester, S. & Costley, C. (2010) Work‐based learning at higher education level: value, practice and critique, Studies in Higher Education, 35:5, 561-575, Retrieved from DOI: 10.1080/03075070903216635

Building Employability Skills in the Classroom

Fallows, S., Steven,C., (2000) "Building employability skills into the higher education curriculum: a university‐wide initiative", Education + Training,Vol. 42 Issue: 2, pp.75-83,

Bridgstock, R. (2009) The graduate attributes we’ve overlooked: enhancing graduate employability through career management skills, Higher Education Research & Development, 28:1, 31-44, DOI: 10.1080/07294360802444347