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Discover how to assess your experience, work-reward values, and qualifications, all with the goal of creating a robust career profile that charts your future growth. The course also shows how to fully investigate career options and perform a gap analysis in order to find key opportunities.
- Identifying your skills, knowledge, and qualifications
- Considering lifestyle choices
- Completing a career profile
- Researching possible roles
- Exploring different industries
- Researching salary ranges
- Performing a gap analysis
Skill Level Intermediate
If you find that you're struggling with identifying your skills and interests, you may want to consider taking a career assessment. A career assessment is a tool that helps you identify your values, personality, interest, and other trades that are important in making a career decision. There are many assessments in the market that can help you define your career interest. I'm going to share with you several that are considered to be the most valid and reliable. The first assessment is the Clifton StrengthsFinder. This assessment focuses on discovering your natural talents.
The assessment covers 34 different talents or what the author refers to as themes. One benefit is the resources show you how to build your personal strengths into your work. It's available online for a fee or you can purchase the books StrengthsFinder 2.0 and receive an access code to the assessment. The second assessment is the Myers- Briggs Type Indicator or the MBTI. The MBTI is a personality assessment that can guide you in understanding how you interact with the world.
It gives you a broader perspective of your personality rather than pointing you to a specific career. The MBTI indicates how you prefer to interact with others, how you gather information, the process of making decisions, and organizing your work. There are many versions of this assessment online and many universities offer this as an alumni service. The third assessment is CareerLeader. This assessment is specifically designed for those interests in business careers, such as finance, marketing, or sales.
It is designed to help you identify your business skills, interests, and motivators. Based on your results CareerLeader will define potential career paths and why you match these options. Although there is a larger fee for this assessment, it's one of the only ones that fully integrates all aspects of career decision making. The fourth assessment is the Holland's Self-Directed Search. This is a flexible assessment that categorizes you based on six types that can be applied to various work environments.
This tends to be a great assessment for young adults or people new to exploring career paths as it will match you with potential majors in college. The assessment has a small fee and is often offered through university career centers. The fifth assessment is Life Work Transitions. This assessment is targeted for those who are already in their career and wants to make a transition. The exercises on the site focus on discovering your sense of purpose along with identifying your transferable skills.
There are no fees for the exercises, however, they do have a book for purchase. Finally, the book What Color Is Your Parachute includes many exercises to help you in changing your career. This book can be used by both those just entering the job market and those who wish to make a transition. It's updated frequently to cover new trends and resources. Assessments give you an idea of your skills and interests and will give you a broad idea of how you may fit into your industry of choice.