Psychovocational (Career) Assessments
Why Take a Career Assessment?
It can be challenging trying to figure out what career is right for you and that is where a career assessment can help to provide valuable insights and awareness so that you or your child can use the knowledge to help find the right path.
The most prevalent issue that pops up (in some shape or form) with almost all of the clients we see here at Psych Company is how important it is to find a career that brings fulfillment and satisfaction as well as financial stability or financial abundance. This is a path that we will most likely be on for most of our lives so why not invest in trying to get it right?
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What is a career assessment?
A career assessment explores your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. They often give you a breakdown of your personality and what careers others who are similar to you thrive in. This information can be used to help you find a career that will be best for you.
Some areas explored by career assessments:
Values: Everyone has a unique set of values. Values are what is most important to you. Aligning our lives with our values makes us more fulfilled and satisfied. Values are confusing to figure out because sometimes when we look at list of values we are likely to pick out the one’s we think we should care about versus what we really care about and what truly makes us happy. Knowing our values allows us to make life and career choices that bring us closer to what makes us our best selves. Some example values are: financial stability, balance, relationships, et cetera.
Personality: Career assessments often help individuals understand their own personality. Human’s have quite different personalities and these differences allow us do better or worse in certain career fields. Getting a clear picture of your dominant personality traits can help you to determine careers that best suit your personality. Many career tests match personalities with specific career lists. These lists don’t allows provide the perfect job but they help provide increased clarity around career choices.
Strengths and weaknesses: We all have such unique strengths and weaknesses. A strength is our natural capacity to thrive at something. Some people are great with math and numbers. Others are better at English or might be naturally great at getting along with others. Maybe you were great at sports since you were a child or at solving problems. We also have things we are not so good at. Some people are great with ideas or managing others but so good at getting the day-to-day tasks done and vice versa. Finding a career that capitalises on your strengths while reducing the use of weaknesses is key to have a employment that feels easy and natural. It’s like choosing something that allow you to flow with a river rather than trying to swim against the current
Interests: Choosing a career based on your interests will help to ensure future success because you will want to learn, be more engaged, feel greater overall satisfied and want to work hard in a future career if it is something you are curious about. Enjoying your career requires that the individual is interested in many aspects of it.
Skills and Aptitudes: Measures your innate capability to succeed at certain tasks. It’s measuring what you will inherently do well on without being trained or having prior knowledge of the area such as math or engineering or learning a new language. This help individual choose which advance courses to take or not to take or job paths that will be more geared towards success.
How can a career assessment help?
A career assessment helps you pursue a career that will be satisfying to you. It is hard to know what will make you happy and fulfilled but the knowledge provided in a career assessment is designed to aid in this by provide new insights and awareness. This information can be used in career decision making to align your choices with what might be the best fit for you.