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Career Assessments

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Sara Jaques

on 27 August 2014

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Transcript of Career Assessments

Dependable Strengths Articulation Process
A peer-assisted, group process first developed by Bernard Haldane in 1945. The heart of the process is story telling. DSAP facilitators are trained to elicit the kind of stories that illustrate a person's Dependable Strengths®—each person’s special talent for excellence. Participants in the process reflect on their experiences in life, identify their patterns of strengths, and learn how to talk about their Dependable Strengths in ways that demonstrate their value to an organization or community.

Recommended for...
All students
Career changers
Students with low self-esteem
Stevenson offers a 2-day Dependable Strengths workshop twice a year; can also be used in 1:1 career counseling (see handout)
To learn more visit :http://www.dependablestrengths.org/

Students will be able to:
Make contacts and network with purpose
Identify their Dependable Strengths and what the employer is looking for
Understand how to cope with personal obstacles
Organize their strengths into a report and resume
Have effective interviews
Negotiate for better pay/promotion
How to work with a support team

In Practice
There is no "one-size fits all" approach.
Process is often more valuable than the results; don't just jump right to the list of careers.
Assessments can be used at any point of the career development process.
Ask students or clients to complete homework our a journal entry about the assessment.
Next we will explore how career assessments fit with our Individual Career Architecture Plan (ICAP).
Holland's Self-Directed Search
The SDS was developed by Dr. John Holland, whose trait/factor theory of vocation is the basis for most career inventories used today. Dr. Holland’s theory states that most people can be loosely categorized into six types—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional—and that occupations and work environments also can be classified by these categories. People who choose careers that match their own type are most likely to be both satisfied and successful. Our office created it's own version of the SDS to match students' interests with Stevenson's majors.

Recommended for...
Students who have no idea where to begin. The results can help identify some potential careers to research via the ONET. Can be completed in 10 minutes during a 1:1 career counseling session or as part of a workshop. This assessment does not assess values or strengths—purely interests.

Students will be able to:
• Identify potential areas/majors of interest
• Match interests with potential careers

Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is an interest inventory used in career assessment. It is frequently used for educational guidance as one of the most popular career assessment tools. The test was developed in 1927 by psychologist E.K. Strong, Jr. to help people exiting the military find suitable jobs. It was revised later by Jo-Ida Hansen, and David Campbell. The modern version is based on the typology (Holland Codes) of psychologist John L. Holland. It is an assessment of interests, and not to be confused with personality assessments or aptitude test.

Recommended for...
Students who have no idea where to begin. Can often help narrow down a career family or validate careers/majors already considered.

Students will be able to:
• Gain insight into their interests
• Have less difficulty in deciding on an appropriate career choice

Logistics and Considerations
Stevenson has an account with www.skillsone.org. Reports cost about $15 per student. This assessment may take up to 25 minutes to complete. Sometimes a student will not come out with a code. This usually occurs when a student hates everything or doesn’t know what he/she likes to do. It’s important to process this to determine if there is a more pressing issue at hand.
Compass and FOCUS
Overview of FOCUS
FOCUS 2 is a Web-based, personalized career and education planning system based on established career and counseling principles. It provides a complete picture of interests, values, personality, skills, and leisure activities using self-assessment questionnaires, interest inventories, and personality testing. After assessing personal attributes, the system searches its career and occupational information database to identify and analyze occupations and career paths that match your personal characteristics.

Recommended for...
All students. This online, self-paced program offers 5 career assessments. Students get their results immediately and can research career pathways. While students can complete these assessments independently, they are most effective with processed with a career counselor

Stevenson University has a subscription to this program. Students can access the assessments through our portal with a special password.
Knowdell Card Sorts
Values Card Sort
Categorizes 70 values into four work-related areas. Students will choose the values they prize most, prioritize them, and give a personal definition of each value. Sometimes a pattern emerges that can help a guide and direct a student throughout the career development process.

Recommended For...
Introverted students and tactile learners. Also a helpful activity to complete before a student or client begins his job search. It may help to narrow down companies or organizations of interest. Works best if used in conjunction with/prior to another assessment (SII, SDS, motivated skills). Helps students construct meaning in their lives.

Students will be able to...
Identify values they prize most
Understand how values fit in career development
Point out careers that would allow the individual to express his/her values

Card sorts cost about $20. This assessment may take 30-60 minutes to complete and interpret.
Career Assessments and Personal Direction
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
The most widely-used personality assessment. Not designed as a theory/assessment of career development. Psychological theory based on the work of Carl Jung and adapted by Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers. Theory of personality which can help students with career choices. Environments and people have types (similar to Holland). The goal is for the person and environment to fit. help you define your work style and occupations consistent with your personality

Recommended For...
If used for career direction, must be used in conjunction with another assessment. Recommended for students who have a clear idea of their interests and abilities but need help pinpointing specific functions (i.e. broader majors such as Business Administration). Excellent for assessing leadership and teamwork styles. Also helps students prepare for interviews and resume writing by helping to identify potential strengths.

Learning Objectives
• Understand how the individual finds energy and how they focus their attention (extraversion or introversion)
• Know how the individual chooses to take in and process information (sensing and intuition)
• Realize how the individual prefers to make decisions (thinking or feeling)
• Learn the way an individual relates to the external world (judging or perceiving)
• Be able to identify careers that match the individual’s type

Costs $15 per report through www.skillsone.org. May take 20-30 minutes for student to complete.
Link to a free version of this assessment: Cost: $15
Free assessment: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

Overview of Compass
A transformational personality assessment that recommends career paths based on personality and preference data.

Recommended for...
All students; particularly Freshman and incoming students. It is “fun”! Frequently used during an initial career counseling appointment as a starting point.

This assessment is used frequently with our first-year students through the ICAP program. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete. Our office has a subscription to Compass by Woofound. Students can access the assessment through our portal site. Check out their website for more information: https://woofound.com/compass.html.
Motivated Strengths Card Sort
The Knowdell™ Motivated Skills Card Sort is a quick and easy way to identify the motivated skills that are central to personal and career satisfaction and success. Based on experience, feedback and instinct, the client uses the cards to assess his or her proficiency and motivation in 51 transferable skills areas.

Recommended for
Students who don’t think they are good at anything/have no interests. Also helpful for students or clients about to begin their job search. Could help them decide which words to include as part of their professional brand.

Students will be able to
Identify skills motivated and transferable skills to include on a resume and in personal brand
Discover which skills they enjoy using the most and are highly proficient at
Understand which skills they don't enjoy using, even though you are competent at them
Discover skills they might want to develop
Know which skills to leave off of your resume

Card sorts cost about $20. This assessment may take 30-60 minutes to complete and interpret.
Sample results page from Compass
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