Why do Career Counsellors use Assessment Tools?

by | Sep 13, 2016

Assessment tools are used to help find a career that is your best match, which is dependent on four key attributes:

  • Values
  • Interests
  • Personality traits
  • Skills.

How do you identify what your four key attributes consist of?

A career counsellor is qualified to conduct assessment tools which help identify your four key attributes.

Assessment tools can open up a window to potential opportunities by helping you to uncover the tasks, experience, education and training needed for your next career move. These tests can be effective in giving you ideas of potential careers that may be a match for your interests. These assessments get you thinking about potential career options.

Two assessment tools I generally like to use when clients need to identify their interests are:

  1. The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment – it is one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It has helped both academic and business organisations develop the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals—from high school and university students to mid-career workers seeking a change—in their search for a rich and fulfilling career.

View a sample report for a high school student.

View a sample report for an adult.

The Strong assessment tool looks at six general occupation themes and lists them in order showing the most interest and least interest you have in each area.

The occupational themes are:

  • Realistic – interested in action rather than thought
  • Investigative – strongly scientific and inquiring in orientation
  • Artistic – Value aesthetic qualities and self-expression
  • Social – Interested in working with people, enjoying working in groups, sharing responsibilities and being at the centre of things.
  • Enterprising – verbally skilled in selling, managing and persuading. Tend to seek positions of leadership and power.
  • Conventional – likes accounting, organising and processing data – interested in activities which require attention to detail.

2. The Knowdell™ Career Values Card Sort is a simple tool that allows you to prioritise your values in as little as five minutes. Fifty-four variables of work satisfaction-such as time freedom, precision work, power, technical competence and public contact-are listed and described. This is an effective tool for job seekers, those fine-tuning their present jobs and career changers at all ages and stages.

Both assessment tools are user friendly and easy to complete.

The assessments provide you with the information needed to make better career decisions, and avoid spending money on the wrong training or choosing a career that will not interest you.

Working in a fulfilling career can dramatically increase happiness, self confidence, and work / life balance.