A career assessment is an in-depth evaluation of career development that involves interviewing, testing, making recommendations, and delivering feedback (e.g., written report, verbal explanation) to help individuals attain valuable information about their career dilemmas that can, in turn, be used for setting goals. Typical goals involve career exploration and choice. An important part of the assessment is the use of standardized tests to address key domains in personal career exploration. I choose tests depending upon the question to be answered or reason for coming to see me. Generally speaking, however, I believe that it is important to understand a person's career interests, abilities, and personality as they relate to one's career dilemma.
There is research evidence showing that career interest correlates positively with job satisfaction. In other words, the more people are interested in their work, the more they feel satisfied with work. Ability (e.g., cognitive ability, mechanical reasoning) is important to address because understanding what one is able to do helps in figuring out what one might be good at. Personality (e.g., conscientiousness, agreeableness) is also salient because it too sheds light on being effective at work such as within working relationships. Career interest, ability, and personality are key pieces of my comprehensive career assessments.
If you come-in to see me for a comprehensive career assessment, you can usually expect to experience the following. The first part of the assessment process is an interview during which I may ask you to tell me about your family’s career background, your dreams about work when you were a child, your current daydreams about career, values, and your educational and work backgrounds. The second part entails administration of a variety of paper-and-pencil and computer/tablet delivered tests and activities. The remaining part of the career assessment involves my interpretation of the data, report writing, and then providing you with the written report. I like to give two feedback sessions as well so that you have time to discuss the assessment with me. I may also invite you to return for a follow-up at a later date (e.g., three months) so that we can gauge your career progress in light of the assessment.
The time commitment on your part depends on many factors including the time you take to complete tests, your punctuality, and your cooperativeness. Thus, it is hard to say how much time you need to allocate to the assessment process, but you might put-in 10 hours of face-to-face time for interviewing, test administration, and feedback.
You are welcome to call me to discuss your interest in career assessment. Please note that it is unlikely that health insurance covers the cost of career assessment, which is sometimes referred to as vocational testing or the like.
See my blog posting about career assessment on the New Frontiers in Learning website. Helping Young Adults Explore Career Options.