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07/07/07
Career Assessment Tools
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 2:09 pm

Please consider taking various approaches
to evaluate the kinds of careers, places of
employment and actual activities of the roles
you might perform in a new job.  

Certainly, one can look at written literature
in various media to help you.  Talking to
various people like counselors
and friends, can provide direction and
questions to ask.

Information interviews with people in
roles is possibly more realistic. 

Taking opportunities to intern or take part
time positions
gets more insight since
you can have direct impact of what
people really do.

When one is less certain a current approach
imvolves taking and evaluating various
instruments.
QuintCareers does a superb job of suggesting
various instruments and offer valuable guidance:

- compare online career assessments

- understand the limitations of free online
assessments. some guidance can result, no 
magic answers

- take several different assessments to 
learn and determine which tests provide
the most reliable results for you.

- trust your intuition. If an assessment
tells you something that doesn’t ring
true, disregard the information

- share the results you’ve obtained
from online assessments with other
assessments a counselor might
administer.
Ask the counselor to help you integrate
the results of various assessments.

- use self-discovery activities, such
as examining your strengths and
weaknesses and the activities you
most enjoy and least enjoy.

See also a good discussion by K. Hansen.

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