Choosing a Career Path

Tennessee Work - Learn - Earn


Complete Tennessee has joined top education and workforce development stakeholders in launching a new, interactive Tennessee Work Learn Earn website designed to raise awareness of career and education opportunities in Tennessee. The site will help students connect to a career to learn more about jobs that may fit them, connect to education, and discover what Tennessee has to offer.

Free Assessments

Self-Directed Search »

The SDS is based on the use of six occupational types:  Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC). Individuals answer questions about their aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations, and other self-estimates and discover occupations that best fit their interests and skills.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator »

The MBTI is a widely used assessment for understanding individual differences and uncovering new ways to work and interact with others. It shows students how their type affects their career exploration and discusses the benefits of choosing a job that is a good fit for their type.

O’Net Interest Profile »

This assessment can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. The O*Net Interest Profile helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore. This free assessment is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter »

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a 70-question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type.

Career Readiness

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Explore Your College Options

Choosing a college is an exciting step toward your future. Explore all the different types of colleges you can attend and find the college that’s right for you.

Financial Aid

Knowing which colleges to apply to has a lot to do with knowing how you will pay to attend them. In this section you will learn about the different types of financial aid available, how to estimate what your family can contribute to your college education, how to search for and apply for scholarships, and how to track your FAFSA submissions.

A college degree is valuable.  So is your time and money.  With the Tennessee Transfer programs, you can begin your college studies at a community college or similar two-year program and earn an associate degree, plus rest assured your credits will transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at any public university and many private universities in Tennessee.  

The Tennessee Transfer Pathway guides you through the courses you need to help maximize your credit transfer while preparing you to transfer seamlessly to a four-year institution offering the junior/senior level courses.  However, if you transfer to a participating university before earning all the required credits for an associate degree, use the Tennessee Reverse Transfer program to earn your associate degree while completing your bachelor’s degree!  

The Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Tennessee System, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association have teamed up to offer these programs to ensure you get the most from your time in a community college.

Build your future with O*NET OnLine

Welcome to your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more! Find occupations that are of interest to you.