Career Action Chronicles: Assessments

Having done a few assessments now, I can speak first-hand about how great they are for those of you looking for a career path or those who would like to change your career direction. The most important take away from any assessment is to have developed a better understanding of who you are. Knowing your desires, strengths, personality, and values are all key components to finding a job that suits you.

siri at convocationI have taken the following assessments:

  1. Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - a great tool to understand how you’re wired
  2. Strong Interest Inventory - looks at your interest levels for six occupational themes
  3. Advance Pack Skills Cards by SkillScan - indicate skills you’ve gained and enjoy using, skills you’d like to gain, and skills you prefer not to use
  4. Strengths Finder 2.0 - highlights your top five strengths

All of these assessments have definitely helped me better understand myself and the possible career paths I can pursue. Of course, these aren’t the only assessments out there.  Be open to doing a variety of different assessments and you might discover something new about yourself and your interests.

Alumni Career Advisors, Jayne and Tanya, offer some dos and don’ts to get the most out of your assessments:

Do:
  • Take your time.
  • Be honest when taking assessments.
  • Continue with assessments as your career changes. We change and grow as people so assessments you’ve done a few years ago may not apply to you now.

Don’t:

  • Rush through assessments.
  • Manipulate answers on assessments.
  • Limit or label yourself based on the results. It’s likely some of the results won’t apply to you and that’s ok.

If interested, book an appointment with Jayne and Tanya to take the MBTI, Strong, or SkillScan assessments (a fee may apply).
So whether you’re on your own or with a career advisor, give assessments a try and see what you find out.

Until next time,

Sirisopha

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