Career Assessment

Help your student find a best-fit career by using Career Direct®. Personal consultations offer professional guidance for an affordable price.

Choosing a career is a difficult and sometimes overwhelming decision. It is understandable that narrowing the field of thousands of careers scares many teens; frankly it scares many adults to think they have to make that one right choice. This decision can influence your income, work hours, travel, job security, colleagues and friends, address, and leisure time. It is also important to align your personality, skills, interests and values with your career choice. This idea of talent stewardship brings us the most joy and productivity to our work.

So let’s take action. Here is my Good, Better, Best approach.

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®, paired 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® is a revolutionary assessment system that combines biblical principles of stewardship of talents with cutting-edge guidance technology.

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. The closer your personality matches your work — career, training program, or college major — 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 before spending time and tuition in pursuit of a poor fit.

How Does it Work?

Online Assessment: First, you take a thorough one-hour online assessment. The result is a 30+ page report customized to you! Recommended for ages 16+  View a Sample Career Direct Report

Professional Consultation: You will then meet with me for a personal consultation. I specialize in working with high school and college students. This 2+ hour meeting (in-person or Skype) will assist you in understanding how your design best fits with college and career decisions. When working with me, we will look at a student’s history (academic, work and volunteer), dive deep into the career implications outlined in your personalized report, navigate interests to determine best-fit career options, and discuss how to take action toward your future goals.

Fee: $195 for the educational assessment / consultation package.

Location: Appointments are usually offered weekdays and are held at my home in Ramsey, MN. Arrangements can be made to meet in your home (travel fee applies), or via Skype. Students under 18 should have a parent attend with them.

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 assessment and follow up with our scheduled appointment.

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Clients say it best!

“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!”


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 45 – 90 minutes on the average, 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 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.

According to most personality type theories, the individual’s type is inborn and does not fundamentally change. Interests can evolve with broadened exposure, but some students are able to identify with specific interests at a young age. Skills and Abilities are different from knowledge. With the guidance of the assessment, persons who are self-aware can identify their natural skills and abilities. Values evolve as persons move through different stages of life, and those can and should be continually assessed as we age.

Some parents feel their student would benefit from taking the assessment at an earlier age. If your student is academically accelerated, mature, and the one who promoting the idea of taking the assessment, ask your consultant for guidance in determining if early assessment is a good fit for your student.

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 do that or should do that. Career Direct will help you identify your design and guide you in your research of occupations through O*NET to narrow your choices to those that best match your personal pattern.

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.