What Is a Career Assessment?
A 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 factors 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?). A trained evaluator can use 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. The evaluator reports these test results to you 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.
The Career Assessment includes information gleaned from the following:
- Strong Interest Inventory (Revised), which assesses strengths, weaknesses, and interests in educational and career areas
- Myers-Briggs 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?
CRG’s Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD & Life Coach, Dr. David Parker, conducts our career assessments. Career assessments are highly useful to college-bound high school students, college students who are struggling to identify a good major, and/or adults who are transitioning in the work place and/or trying to launch their career. Dr. Parker is a certified practitioner of the MBTI Step I and Step II instruments. These include the Myers-Briggs (personality) Type Indicator and the Strong (job) Interest Inventory.
A career assessment entails two one-hour appointments with Dr. Parker. In the first, he reviews a brief intake form completed by the client before having them complete the Myers-Briggs and Strong instruments online. In the second meeting, Dr. Parker reviews a comprehensive written report that includes the results of those assessments and individualized recommendations for colleges, training programs, majors, and/or careers for which the client seems well-suited.
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.
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