Assessments are a crucial first step in your career development process. There are formal assessments and there are self-assessments. I am trained to help you decide which serves your purposes. My goal is to help you identify information about yourself that would lead to exploring jobs that complement your interests and your occupational values.
“Career assessments are tests that come in a variety of forms and rely on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Career assessments can help individuals identify and better articulate their unique interests, personality, values, and skills to determine how well they may match with a certain career. Some skills that career assessments could help determine are job-specific skills, transferable skills, and self-management skills. Career Assessments can also provide a window of potential opportunities by helping individuals discover the tasks, experience, education and training that is needed for a career they would want to pursue.”
The Interest Profiler and the Work Importance Locator are two of the O*NET™ Career Exploration Tools, designed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Policy and Research. These assessments help you determine what your strongest work related interests are which will, in turn, help you get a sense of the direction you might like to take with regard to a career.
The Interest Profiler asked you to define what sorts of jobs interest you and the Work Importance Locator assessed what characteristics you would look for in an “ideal” work environment. The Interest Profiler is based on John Holland’s theory of vocational personalities and corresponding work environments which states that “the better the match between the two, the more satisfied the person will be with their job.” The premise is that, if you find a job that reinforces your values and your interests, then there is a better chance that you will find that job rewarding and satisfying. The Work Importance Locator was developed after more than 40 years of research by Dr. Rene Dawis and L.H. Lofquist who created the “Theory of Work Adjustments.”
These two tools go hand-in-hand to give you well-informed options. They also can provide you with an awareness of what jobs wouldn’t suit you because you might find them challenging/not rewarding based on your preferences.