Career Planning Tools
It’s essential to complete the career planning process before you begin looking for something that might pay the bills, but ultimately leave you stressed-out, miserable, or unfulfilled!
The ideal career is more than a paycheck - it is something that is compatible with the rest of your life – home, family, friends, finances, and preferred lifestyle.
Although you may have a good general idea of what it is you want to do, the planning process is critical to your success.
Career inventories and assessments not only provide you with focus and the ability to make informed choices when it comes to choosing a career, but they also provide you with valuable insight into yourself that can help you become a more likely candidate for positions you’re applying for.
Learning more about yourself and your preferences allows you to be more effective and efficient in preparing your application materials, and prepares you more fully for in-depth interview questions.
Career planning inventories are also valuable positive change tools for anyone pursuing self-employment. They ensure that you are pursuing work that not only will be profitable, but will be something you are passionate about and can enjoy for many years to come.
Types of Career Interest Inventories
Career inventories typically combine elements of career interest and personality. Here are some of the most widely used assessments:
- Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong (SII) measures interests in a variety of areas, including occupations, educational subjects, work activities, and leisure activities. This assessment is useful for determining personal preferences in each area, and looking at how they fit into various occupational themes. Occupational themes are based on Holland’s 6 general occupational themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.
- Myers Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers Briggs (MBTI) is a personality assessment that is based on Carl Jung’s psychological types. This assessment measures your core values in four key areas. Your results are combined to form one of 16 unique personality profiles that describe strengths, preferences, and attributes as they relate to personal and career choices.
- The DISC Profile
The DISC measures personal behavioral preferences in four unique areas. Results are useful in determining your preferred preferences as they relate to personal effectiveness, interpersonal relationships, work preferences, work-related relationships.
These assessments are excellent positive change tools - useful for
as well as for the general pursuit of personal excellence.
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