WOWI Career Assessment

World of Work Inventory (WOWI)

World of Work Inventory (WOWI) offers the WOWI career assessment, which incorporates career interests, work-related skills, and values to find the user’s best career matches.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Effective Communication, Organizing & Planning, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Working with Others, Self-Awareness

Learner resources

  • Career assessment measures career interest areas, aptitude, achievement, and work styles
  • Assessment report with a personalized list of careers includes information on job growth outlook, STEM occupations, required general education level, and the most common program of study needed to attain that career
  • Assessment report links career choices to the O*NET OnLine with CareerOneStop videos about careers
  • Instructions for taking the online assessment include the estimated amount of time to complete each section, although the assessment is untimed
  • Four screen reader options to enable users to hear the content and navigate with a keyboard

Instructor/counselor resources

  • Four levels of in-person or virtual workshops to learn how to interpret the career assessments, turn results into actionable goals, and interpret atypical profiles
  • Online instructions for the user to take the assessment

Key Takeaways

  • Counselors and case managers at adult education and workforce development programs can use students’ assessment reports to discuss career path options and preferences with students
  • The WOWI assessment can be taken independently using a desktop computer, laptop or mobile device, but programs should ensure students have the necessary digital skills to access the assessment. Programs could also provide program-specific instructional videos or print instructions.
  • Because WOWI is not timed, students who read more slowly, have entry-level typing or digital skills, or have a disability that affects dexterity, can fully access the assessment.
  • The screen reader options helps visually impaired individuals to independently access WOWI.
  • The WOWI Workshops for staff are approved for continuing education credits by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
  • Individuals can purchase WOWI using the wowiDirect version.

The World of Work Inventory (WOWI) was first developed in 1970 by Dr. Robert Ripley, who from 1958 to 1963 helped the U.S. Department of Labor develop the Third Edition of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), now known as the O*NET. WOWI was originally called the Career Choice Inventory (CCI). Since 1998, it has been linked to the O*Net. Among its clients, WOWI counts adult education programs, such as California’s Huntington Beach Adult School, and state departments with WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funding, such as the Maine Department of Labor. It is also used by vocational rehabilitation state agencies, blind/visually impaired state and community agencies, Indian and Native American tribal organizations, and colleges and universities.


Critical & Creative Thinking

Emotional Intelligence

Leadership & Initiative

Navigating & Using Information

Teamwork & Collaboration

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