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Here are some things to consider: Building a career in healthcare takes time, energy and resources, but there are also many support services available to help make it easier on you.

Planning for a career in healthcare is more important now than ever.

Self-Assessment Tools

Resources for successful career planning

These tools can help you discover career options based on your interests, better understand your personality type, and see whether a career in healthcare is right for you.

These nationally recognized assessment tools are just a few favorites of local career counselors.  For more in depth assessment or for assistance in interpreting your results, find a career counselor near you.

You can also get a better idea of your academic strengths and weaknesses with:


  • Who takes the Accuplacer?  Massachusetts community colleges require students to take this college placement exam.
  • Why take the Accuplacer? The results of this test, along with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection.  Preparing for the Accuplacer exam can help you place into college level English and Math courses.  Students who do not place into college level courses must take additional courses to prepare which leads to longer periods of time for certificate or degree completion.
  • How do I prepare for the Accuplacer? Working with a career counselor with access to practice tests and online tutorials or participating a prep session at a local college can help you prepare for the Accuplacer.

TABE test (Test of Adult Basic Education)

  • Who takes the TABE? This is an academic assessment for adult learners. It offers both basic (Reading, Math, Language, Vocabulary, Spelling) and advanced (Science, Social Studies, Algebra/Geometry, Writing) tests.
  • Why take the TABE? One-Stop Career Centers require adults who may be eligible for federal training dollars to take the TABE.  Adult Basic Education Centers use the TABE with adult learners.
  • How do I prepare for the TABE? The best way to prepare is to work with a career counselor.

More assessment tools are available at local colleges and One-Step Career Centers. It can be very helpful to have a professional counselor help to interpret the results of your personal, career and academic assessments. Then he or she can help you use your results to create a detailed, personalized career and/or academic plan.


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