Career Assessment

Career Direct®is a revolutionary assessment system that combines biblical principles of stewardship of talents with cutting-edge guidance technology. Discover your design! For ages 16+

Personal consultations offer professional guidance at an affordable price.

I highly recommend students complete the assessment and pair it with a professional one-on-one consultation from a trained consultant. Career Direct is comprehensive and the results are invaluable. I became a Certified Career Direct Consultant because I really do think it is the best.

Career Direct, part of Crown Financial Ministries, is one of the few assessment tools that approaches the field of career guidance from a biblical perspective. Career Direct examines four essential components of career selection: personality, interests, skills, and values making it one of the most comprehensive guidance systems on the market today.

The research is clear. When your vocation and design are in sync, the more likely you are to succeed and be happy. As important as it is to identify occupations or careers that one is suited for, it is equally important to know which ones are not good fits.

Career Assessment – Getting Started

Online Assessment  Clients start by taking a comprehensive one-hour online assessment. The result is a 30+ page customized report. Recommended for ages 16+  View a Sample Career Direct Report

Professional Consultation  3-hour meeting (in-person or Skype). When working with me, I will review your education and work history in addition to reviewing your report. I have over 10 years experience as an educational consultant in addition to my experience as a certified Career Direct consultant. I specialize in debt-free college options and helping students bridge the gap between high school to college/career. Students under 18 should have a parent attend with them.

Location  In-person or Skype. In-person appointments are usually offered weekdays at my home in Ramsey, MN. If you are in the greater-Minneapolis area, arrangements can be made to meet in your home (travel fee applies). Skype is also a convenient option.

Students  (ages 16-21) Career Direct Assessment plus Consultation $225. Consultation only $180.

Adults  (ages 22+) Career Direct Assessment plus Consultation $295. Consultation only $250.

Ready to get started?

  1. Submit the form below.
  2. You will receive an email invitation to schedule a consultation (in-person or Skype) and instructions for submitting payment.
  3. Take the online assessment and follow up with your personal consultation.

Career Assessment Consultation Request Form

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Take action. Here is my Good, Better, Best approach.

Choosing a career is a difficult and sometimes overwhelming decision. It is understandable that narrowing the field of thousands of careers scares many students; frankly it scares many adults to think they have to make that one right choice. It’s understandable. This decision can influence our income, work hours, travel, job security, colleagues and friends, address, and leisure time. Often, parents aren’t sure how to guide their student, so we leave it to chance or assume our students will just figure it out once they get into college. This is not only an expensive approach (a high percentage of students change majors and therefore take longer to graduate), but statistically, we find that many graduates are not happy with their decision.

There is a better approach, one that will give better results. First, we need to flip the process around and investigate career choices before investing time and money in college. Frankly, college is not where every high school graduate should be. Investigating how one’s personality, skills, and values align with vocational interests is a better starting point. Before your student graduates high school, take this journey with them to discover which career fields they are best suited for.

Wrong Question: What do you want to major in? Right Question: What problem do you want to solve?

Wrong Question: What college do you want to go to? Right Question: How do you like to solve problems?

Good: Parents: pay attention. Compliment your teen when you identify a trait, action, or skill for which they excel. When appropriate, tie it to a vocation. For example: “Sally, you are really good at numbers. They seem to come naturally to you.” Students: Take notice of things you like to do or that come natural to you.

Better: Encourage your teen take a free online assessment. O*NET Center is king when it comes to career exploration resources. The site also includes free assessment tools. I encourage parents to wear the career coach hat and take the assessment along with your students (as if you were them). Compare results and guide the conversation. I have a chapter in my book, Credits Before College, that can be used as a guide through this process. It includes links to several free online resources and worksheets to guide the process.

Best: For ages 16+ I highly recommend students complete the assessment from Career Direct®, and pair it with a professional one-on-one consultation from a trained consultant. Career Direct is comprehensive and the results are invaluable. I became a Certified Career Direct Consultant because I really do think it is the best.

Learn more about hosting a 2-part Career Roadmap seminar for your Church Youth Group.

Are you a homeschool parent whose students are graduating soon? Then you too would benefit from a Career Direct Assessment before re-establishing your place in the a marketplace or volunteer position.

Clients say it best!

“You guys! I just have to share with you what an amazing appointment I just had with Cheri Frame! We decided to do the career direct consulting that she offers through her business, Credits Before College, with our son. I have to say it was definitely one of the most valuable things we have done with him! It was an almost 3 hour appointment, and a 30+ page report and was absolutely worth every penny we spent to have it done! Cheri also does an amazing job with vision and helping your child see the way God has made him and how he can use those skills best out in the world. If you have the opportunity, I would wholeheartedly recommend doing this! I am still amazed!”

“Cheri, thank you so much for meeting with us and guiding Jack through the Career Direct process. He has decided to pursue Fire Science at the Technical College. He is excited about graduating high school because he now has a plan.”

“Our daughter was so apprehensive about all the options after high school. Just hearing how you navigated the waters with you own kids helped her tremendously. She plans on continuing to review her report this summer and make some decisions.”

“I knew I needed to make some decisions and not just enroll in college without a plan. Thanks for helping me get going. I enjoyed working with you!”

“Thank you again for helping our daughter. She is so excited and looking forward to the paths the good Lord has laid before her. After watching the process I would be very interested in the process also. Do you work with adults?” ~answer: Yes!


To learn more about how the assessment was developed and the thousands upon thousands of people it has helped please check out the Career Direct website.

What makes Career Direct® unique?

  • Career Direct® is one of the few assessment tools that approaches the field of career guidance from a biblical perspective.
  • Most career assessments examine just one or two areas. Career Direct®examines four essential components of career selection: personality, interests, skills, and values. As a result, Career Direct is one of the most comprehensive guidance systems on the market today.
  • Career Direct was developed over a 10-year period and has been rigorously tested and validated, using standard psychometric principles of testing and measurement.

How long does it take to complete the Career Direct® assessment?

The assessment itself takes about an hour, and the consultation an additional 2 – 2.5 hours. Individuals are advised to then utilize all of the Career Direct Resources in the full Guidance System to get the most our of the process. This often takes several weeks to work through all the steps including informational interviews.

Are there keys points in a person’s life when you would recommend taking an assessment?

Certainly at the beginning of career selection is a critical time, either in high school beginning at age 16, or early in the college experience, in order to select an appropriate college or technical school major and course of study. Before one enters the workforce, Career Direct® can help narrow the focus of jobs that will best match one’s pattern. Mid-career assessments can help to make critical mid-course corrections to help best use the prime income-earning years. And even at retirement age, it is helpful to know what options for paid or volunteer work would best use the talents and accumulated experience to benefit others and provide enjoyable and satisfying work.

Does my student have to be 16 years old to take the assessment?

The recommended age for taking the assessment is 16 because often that is when students have had a broader academic history (exposure to higher-level math and lab sciences), are more self-aware, and more mature. You may want to ask your consultant for guidance in determining if early assessment is a good fit for your student. My personal experience is that it is important for students to have a broad vocabulary and situational awareness. For those reasons, I encourage waiting until students are 16+ before taking the assessment.

Why is a financial organization like Crown in the career guidance business?

Crown Financial Ministries, founded in 1976 by Larry Burkett, is the world’s largest Christian financial ministry, dedicated to helping people through personal financial, career, and business channels. The proper management and use of one’s talents is a foundation aspect of stewardship. Life and talent management is directly related to stewardship of finances derived from work. Larry Burkett initiated the Career Pathways program as part of Christian Financial Concepts in 1990. The Internet-based Career Direct® Complete Guidance System was released in 2006.

Will Career Direct® tell me what job I should be in?

No, and no assessment can or should do that. Career Direct will help you identify your design and guide you in your research of occupations to narrow your choices to those that best match your design.

Does Career Direct® help people who have disabilities?

Career Direct has not been tested with a disability population and does not take into account any adjustments or allowances needed for particular disabilities. A qualified counselor experienced in the particular disability is the best choice for help in determining career direction.

What are the Biblical principles of career planning?

  1. Each person is a unique creation of God.
  2. God blesses each person with work-related talents.
  3. We are to be excellent in our work and an example to others. Excellence comes from development of our God-given talents.
  4. Our larger calling is to be witnesses for Christ and a light unto the world. This is greatly enhanced when we are experiencing the joy of using our talents at work.