Psychometric testing, in the form of a career assessment, can help to improve self-understanding and to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with having to make a lifelong career decision. The assessment process is holistic in that it includes an evaluation of the individual’s skill-sets, interests, values and personality traits. Standardized tests are administered in order to evaluate each area of functioning and results are integrated to inform career recommendations. Assessment results provide an indication of the match between individuals’ profiles and various working environments.
As indicated above, accurate self-understanding is considered to be a key component in the career decision-making process. Useful questions in career counselling include the following:
- What are my strengths, skills, and talents?
- What type of work environment would I prefer?
- What comes easily to me that others tend to struggle with?
- Would I prefer to work with objects and machinery or with people?
- What are my values and motivating factors?
- How important is creativity and spontaneity in my ideal job role?
- Would I prefer a role which provides a constant challenge or would I prefer one which can be easily mastered?
In addition to self-exploration, career decision-making typically includes an evaluation of potential job markets. An awareness of the professions which are in demand and the fields which are saturated is crucial in being able to make informed career decisions. In addition, research into job requirements and employment opportunities within the context of foreign markets can also useful. Incorporating such information into the career decision-making process is likely to improve one’s chances of being able to participate in the global economy.
Research on the importance of engaging in a ‘professionally and personally satisfying career’ has gained prominence in recent years. Apart from enhanced life satisfaction, findings suggest that career fulfilment also contributes to improved work performance. Similarly, the converse is noted in that job stress is associated with symptoms of anxiety and depression. As such, the development of a fulfilling career can be considered to be an important factor not only in realizing one’s full potential but also in maintaining one’s mental well-being.
Considering the long-term implications of choosing a particular career, there is no doubt that one’s decision should be carefully thought through. A career assessment can thus be viewed as an investment in one’s future. For further information on career assessments or subject choice assessments please contact Ushmita Nana (Counselling Psychologist) on 0716854902. Alternatively, bookings can be made via the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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