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What Is It

Finding the right career – one that is rewarding, meaningful, and enjoyable – is one of the most challenging and exciting things a person will ever do. The Career Liftoff® Interest Inventory can assist in helping provide clarity in one’s interests and potential career alignment.

The Career Liftoff® Interest Inventory (CLII) is a new, state-of-the-art tool that assesses the career interests of individuals and align them with the interest profiles of various career fields. Respondents indicate the extent to which they enjoy performing a wide range of activities, from which their career interests can be inferred. Individuals have a high likelihood of being satisfied in a career field if their interest scores are high in that CLII career field.

The CLII Model

The CLII is organized around the RIASEC model defined by John Holland in his Theory of Careers. This model organizes the world of work around six distinct categories of interests. All jobs of work can be classified according to their alignment with these six career types. The six types include:


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How It Helps

The CLII can be used to:

  • Identify career match and guide career choice for beginners
  • Assist career transition for individuals who want to change careers
  • Manage career planning for individuals reentering the labor force
  • Easy to complete. With 240 items, the questionnaire can be completed on-line in 30 minutes or less.
  • Applicable to Today’s Job Market. It reflects the full range of careers in the current job market.
  • Scores on the six RIASEC occupational themes. Scores are provided on the six occupational themes of John L. Holland’s Theory of Careers.
  • Scores on 30 career fields. Scores are also provided on 30 career fields that comprehensively reflect the world of work.
  • Appropriate for a Diverse Range of Individuals. The questionnaire may be used by a wide range of individuals including students, highly seasoned professionals, pre-retirement planning, and much more.
  • Assesses what activities people best relate to. Respondents indicate their preference for doing activities.
  • Reliable scale scores. The scales represent the highest degree of reliability.
  • Profile Report. Easy-to-interpret Profile Report and Narrative Report display the individual’s scores on the six RIASEC scales and the 30 career fields.
  • Assist in a Career Transition. The CLII can also assist those in the midst of a career transition identify potential employment fields of interest.

The state-of-the-art career interest inventory may be used in a variety of applications:

  • Career Choice and Career Guidance. Individuals may identify and explore potential career fields.
  • Student Career Planning. Thousands of high school and college students have used the CLII to assist them in their career planning.
  • Career Transition. Individuals that are changing careers or exploring new career options. Let the CLII help you focus your career transition.
  • Reentry into Labor Force. Individuals that are reentering the job market and need to use an interest inventory for career management.
  • Career Exploration. The CLII facilitates use of the U.S. Department of Labor’s on-line Occupational Information Network (O*NET), as well as other websites, which provide descriptions of jobs, skill and educational requirements, salaries and employment projections.

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions a person will ever make. Unfortunately, many people make career choices without much career guidance. The importance of career guidance also holds true for students who are choosing a college and ultimately choosing their major.

There is help in receiving career guidance and career planning. One of the very best ways to begin is by taking an online career interest inventory. There is no need to leave career guidance and career planning to chance. The Career Liftoff® Interest Inventory is an excellent, effective and low cost way to identify your interests. You can also walk through a basic 3 step exercise on how to choose a career to help you identify your career interests.

By focusing your interests you will have a starting point that is uniquely about YOU and YOUR career choice. This is only the beginning of career planning and career guidance but a very important first step. With information about your interests, you can now explore a wide range of career options. The career focus is on you.

Can Career Guidance Help You?

With information about your interests, you can develop a career plan. We suggest you involve others in your journey and tap into other career planning resources as you move forward. Career guidance is a lifelong process. By starting with an awareness of your personal interests, you can adjust your plan accordingly.