TAKING STOCK OF YOUR CAREER: Are You in the Right Career?October 5, 2018 7:46 am
If career introspection is on your personal agenda, as I believe it should be from time to time especially in uncertain economic times, you might want to look into taking one of the many structured assessment tests offered by licensed psychologists. Here’s a quick look at some of your options.
5 Self-Assessment Tests
I can offer you some guidance on five kinds of self-assessment tests:
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the best known of the assessment tests, helps individuals identify their personality type and work-style preferences. Dr. Janice Presser, CEO of the Gabriel Institute, a Philadelphia-based firm, suggests that Myers-Briggs is valuable in understanding personality but isn’t useful in understanding how an individual fits into a corporate situation. For that data, she suggests a role-based self-assessment of the type described in
number 5 below.
- The Strong Interest Inventory test assesses an individual’s likes and dislikes and compares them to people in a wide range of jobs. “I appreciate the Strong test because it presents individuals with ideas about careers they may not have previously considered,” according to one consultant.
- The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) measures self-reported vocational interests, skills and attraction to specific occupational areas. CISS goes beyond traditional inventories by adding parallel skill scales that provide estimates of an individual’s confidence in his or her ability to perform various occupational activities. Together, the two scales provide more comprehensive, richer data than interest scores alone.
- The Attractiveness Indices and Career Path matrix is a career planning tool based on a device that companies use to limit or eliminate unattractive opportunities and invest in attractive ones. Understanding and anticipating the industry’s leading edges has direct implications on your career path and potential. One way to efficiently use your time is to engage in a quick survey of where you, your company and your industry is heading. Then you can create a 2 x 2 matrix and add notes to each quadrant. The fourth quadrant, which represents an attractive company/industry and individual is the “sweet spot.” The second quadrant (representing an unattractive company/industry and individual) should be avoided.
- Tools4Careers.com is a tool developed by the Gabriel Institute to help individuals understand who they are when they interact with others. “It’s unlike the typical interest inventories or personality tests, since it’s role-based and provides information not simply about who you are but how you work with other people,” says Presser..
Once you conduct your career introspection using self-assessment tools and other techniques you’ll find out much more about yourself and the soundness of the career choices you’ve made. What should you do with this information? We’ll answer that question when our series concludes next week.