What Is a Career Assessment?
The job market has changed dramatically in recent years. Many postsecondary students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and related issues can flounder in college as they try to choose and persist at programs of study that match their strengths, interests, and abilities. College graduates with and without disabilities have struggled since the Recession of 2008 to find satisfying career opportunities once they earn that diploma. And far too many adults find themselves stuck in dead-end jobs or ones that are being phased out or ramped up beyond that person’s skill set. A CRG career assessment can help all of these individuals develop a personalized plan for occupational success.
Our career assessment uses standardized tests to gather and report a great deal of information about key factors that influence work-related success and happiness. These include the individual’s occupational strengths and preferences (e.g., Do you prefer consistent routines or daily changes in what you are doing and the environment in which you work?) and personality factors (e.g., Are you an extrovert or an introvert?). Dr. David Parker, CRG’s Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD/Life coach, uses these results in conjunction with a structured interview to develop a profile of the types of work and work environments in which you are most likely to thrive. He then reports these test results to you, shares a written summary report, and makes personalized recommendations for practical implications such as college majors or job exploration activities that can help you get on “the right track” to greater fulfillment in your work life.
Who Can Benefit from a Career Assessment?
Identifying a successful career path can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. CRG frequently receives calls from high school students, college students, or other adults wanting to make a career change, all of whom seek professional guidance in making these important decisions. CRG’s Career Assessments provide highly individualized information and options to people (or their parents) in such situations.
What Does a Career Assessment at CRG Entail?
Our career assessment service is designed to examine a client’s vocational interests, personality type, and personal values to target specific career fields for exploration. By learning more about their employment-related interests and preferences, individuals can develop more accurate plans of action for moving forward in life with greater confidence. The results help clients determine possible college majors, areas of study, and/or vocational paths to consider. It is our belief that finding the right “fit” in these areas will help ensure satisfaction with postsecondary options, career choices, and personal fulfillment. This individualized plan can also help clients and families save time and money by avoiding choices that may not be linked to that person’s potential or interests.
The Career Assessment includes information gleaned from the following:
- Strong Interest Inventory©, which assesses strengths, weaknesses, and interests in educational and career areas
- Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory©, which assesses strengths and needs based on personality type
- Values Scale, which identifies personal values that should inform postsecondary and career decisions
Where Can I Learn More?
A career assessment typically involves two sessions. Dr. Parker conducts an interview and computerized assessments in the first session. In the second session, he discusses the results, reviews a written report, and makes recommendations. These include individualized suggestions for ways and times the client can implement the assessment results while moving forward in life.
To schedule a career assessment at CRG, talk to your current provider or a staff member in our front office (if you are a current patient) or call our Intake Coordinator (if you are a new patient) at (317) 575-9111, Option 3.