Career Exploration Survey (CES)*

1.
How much information do you have on what one does in their career area(s) you have investigated?
a.
(1) little
(2) somewhat
(3) a moderate amount
(4) a great deal
(5) a tremendous amount
2.
“In respect to information on jobs‚ organizations‚ and job market‚
 I currently have a moderate amount
I currently have a lot
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
3.
I currently have a moderate amount of information on how I’ll fit into various career paths
I have thoroughly explored myself and know what to seek and what to avoid in developing a career path
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
How satisfied are you with the information you have on . . .
4.
The specific job in which you are interested?
(1) Not satisfied
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very Satisfied
5.
The types of organizations that will meet your personal needs?
(1) Not satisfied
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very Satisfied
6.
 The specific occupation in which you are interested?
(1) Not satisfied
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very Satisfied
7.
Jobs that are congruent with your interests and abilities?
(1) Not satisfied
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very Satisfied
8.
The specific organization in which you are interested?
(1) Not satisfied
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very Satisfied
9.
The occupations that are related to your interests and abilities?
(1) Not satisfied
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very Satisfied
10. 
How sure are you . . .
11.
That you know the type of job that is best for you?
(1) Not too sure
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very sure
12.
That you know the type of organization you want to work for?
(1) Not too sure
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very sure
13.
That you know exactly the occupation you want to enter?
(1) Not too sure
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very sure
14.
In your preference for a specific organization?
(1) Not too sure
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very sure
15.
In your preference for a specific position?
(1) Not too sure
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5) Very sure
To what extent have you behaved in the following ways over the last 3 months?
(1) little (2) somewhat (3) a moderate amount (4) a substantial amount (5) a great deal
16.
17.
18.
Experimented with different career activities.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
19.
Sought opportunities to demonstrate skills.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
20.
Tried specific work roles just to see if I like them.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
21.
Investigated career possibilities.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
22.
Went to various career orientation programs.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
23.
Obtained information on specific jobs or companies
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
24.
 Initiated conversations with knowledgeable individuals in my career area.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
25.
Obtained information on the labor market and general job opportunities in my career area.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
26.
Sought information on specific areas of career interest.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
To what extent have you done the following in the past 3 months?
27.
Reflected on how my past integrates with my future career.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
28.
Focused my thoughts on me as a person.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
29.
Contemplated my past.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
30.
Been retrospective in thinking about my career
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
31.
Understood a new relevance of past behavior for my future career.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
32.
How many occupational areas are you investigating? __________
How do the employment possibilities look for . . .
(1) Not good (2) (3) (4) (5) Very good
33.
The job(s) you prefer?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
34.
The organization(s) you prefer?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
35.
The occupation(s) you prefer?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
How certain are you that you will begin work upon graduation?
(1) Not certain (2) (3) (4) (5) 100% certain
36.
At the specific job you prefer (e.g.‚ a CPA accountant).
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
37.
For the specific company or organization you prefer.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
38.
In the specific occupation you prefer (e.g.‚ accounting‚ marketing).
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
39.
On average‚ how many times per week have you specifically sought information on careers within the last few months?
(1) 5 or less
(2) 6-10
(3) 11-15
(4) 16-20
(5) 21+
What is the probability that each of the following activities will result in obtaining your career goals?
(1) very low probability (2) low (3) moderate (4) high (5) very high probability
40.
Planning my job search in detail.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
41.
Developing a specific process for investigating firms.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
42.
Developing questions to ask at interviews.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
43.
Systematically investigating the key firms in my career area.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
44.
Assessing myself for the purpose of finding a job that meets my needs.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
45.
45. Learning more about myself.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
46.
Understanding a new relevance of past behavior for my future career.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
47.
Focusing my thoughts on me as a person.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
48.
Obtaining information on the labor market and general job opportunities in my career area.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
49.
Initiating conversations with friends and relatives about careers.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
50.
Initiating conversations with several other students about their career interviews.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
How important is it to you at this time to . . .
(1) Not Important (2) (3) (4) (5) Very Important
51.
Work at the job you prefer?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
52.
Become established in a specific organization?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
53.
Work in the occupation you prefer?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
54.
Become established in a specific position?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
55.
Work in the organization you prefer?
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
How much undesirable stress have the following caused you relative to other significant issues with which you have to contend?
56.
Exploring specific jobs.
Insignificant compared to to other issues with which I have had to contend.
About equal to other significant issues.
About equal to other One of the most significant issues. Stressful issues with which I have had to contend.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
57.
Deciding what I want to do.
Insignificant compared to other issues with which I have had to contend.
About equal to other significant issues.
About equal to other One of the most significant issues. Stressful issues with which I have had to contend.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
58.
Interviewing with specific companies.
Insignificant compared to to other issues with which I have had to contend.
About equal to other significant issues.
About equal to other One of the most significant issues. Stressful issues with which I have had to contend.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
59.
Looking for a job.
Insignificant compared to to other issues with which I have had to contend.
About equal to other significant issues.
About equal to other One of the most significant issues. Stressful issues with which I have had to contend.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
60.
Deciding on an occupation.
Insignificant compared to to other issues with which I have had to contend.
About equal to other significant issues.
About equal to other One of the most significant issues. Stressful issues with which I have had to contend.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
61.
Deciding on a specific job.
Insignificant compared to to other issues with which I have had to contend.
About equal to other significant issues.
About equal to other One of the most significant issues. Stressful issues with which I have had to contend.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
62.
Deciding on a specific organization.
Insignificant compared to to other issues with which I have had to contend.
About equal to other significant issues.
About equal to other One of the most significant issues. Stressful issues with which I have had to contend.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)

Stumpf‚ S. A.‚ Colarelli‚ S. M.‚ & Hartman‚ K. (1983). Development of the Career Exploration Survey (CES)‚ Journal of Vocational Behavior 22‚ 191-226.