Career Assessments – The Key to Your Career

Career assessments are a great tool for determining your career path. Assessments can help build self-awareness and then link you with career options based on your talents, passions and values.Whether you are taking your first leap into the workforce, contemplating a college major or making a mid-career change, assessments are certainly a resource you should consider.

If you do any research on career assessments, you will find there are a vast number ofoptions. There are formal ones that must be administeredby a professional as well as informal onesthat can be done by others or even self-administered.

So, how do you know where to begin? Here is just a few types of assessments that are offered to individuals considering assessments:

  • Interest Inventories
  • Work Values Inventories
  • Personality Inventories

Taking a combination of these types of assessments, along with consulting with someone skilled in career development,can help you create a clear picture for career direction.

A couple of well-knownformalassessments you might have heard ofincludeMBTI and the STRONG Interest Inventory.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality type inventory.”The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
Checkout this link to find your MBTI.

STRONG Interest Inventory “The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It has helped both academic and business organizations develop the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals—from high school and college students to midcareer workers seeking a change—in their search for a rich and fulfilling career.”
Click here to visit the website.

Here are some of our favorite informal assessments that can be self-administered:

  • Who Do U Want 2B? – Great for high school students just beginning exploration
  • My Next Move – Ideal for high school, college or adults who are interested in making a career change
  • Values Card Sort – Ideal for individuals interested in determining what work values are priorities

If you would like a more in-depth assessment administered by a professional, please contact us at Horizon Point Consulting for more information! We would love to assist you in navigating the next step in your career.

Mary Ila Ward

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