Self Assessment Tools
You know what you want – a good paying job, with benefits, and potential for advancement.
But do you really know what you want?
We would suggest that before you begin your job search you take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What do I want to be doing in twenty years?” (Not how much do you want to be earning. Not what material possessions do you hope to have, but what will you be doing? And most importantly, will you be happy doing it?)
The first step to ensuring career success is to place yourself in a world of work in which you’re both stimulated and empowered with the confidence of your own innate capabilities. In other words, plan now to enjoy your job in twenty years. With rare exceptions, the rule is: If you enjoy your job, you’ll be good at it. If you’re good at your job, you’ll be rewarded – financially and through the respect of your peers.
So, what’s the first step?
Throw away all your preconceptions, the advice of friends and family, and the expectations and assumptions of your life until this moment. Nothing could be more personal than your choice of career, and an objective self-assessment is the key to making that choice.
There are many assessment tools on the web and literally hundreds of printMORE INFOed volumes available at the bookstore and library. Generally speaking, they address one or more of the following categories: Personality Type Assessments, Interest Inventories or Skills & Values Surveys.
Many assessment tools can be accessed through self-directed navigation, but some more comprehensive tools will require the interpretive assistance of a trained professional. (An example of the latter is the MBTI – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which to be administered effectively requires the feedback of a certified counselor.)
Personality Type Assessments
Many career issues relate directly to personality type, data gathering preferences, communication and decision-making styles, and interaction with others. Understanding yourself, your strengths and weaknesses will provide an invaluable framework for career planning and managerial success.
With the compilation and assessment of your personal interests, Interest Inventories provide informed suggestions for a career path. Most on-line assessments augment those recommendations with detailed information about specific careers.
Skills & Values Surveys
Often found combined with Interest Inventories, these help in defining your skill sets and abilities, which will assist you in determining those that are transferable to other fields of interest.
Similarly, values surveys, while not scientifically validated tools, are often beneficial in determining those “softer” aspects of the workplace that are important to you and your long term job satisfaction.