As early as high school, students are administered tests to find out what careers are suitable for them. The career assessment tests include questions about personality, hobbies, likes and dislikes, favorite color, and so on. Although the questions are extremely varied, the tests all have one purpose; to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a person. Assessment tests allow a school to guide each student to the industry where they are most likely to succeed.
But what about those people who followed the tests’ recommendation and yet could not progress in their career? Is it also possible that their high school and college assessment tests were wrong? Or have they simply changed as a person? The only way to answer these questions is through self-evaluation.
There are different kinds of tools for self-evaluation. The first tool is internet-based assessment. The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey determines a person’s interests and measures their confidence in a particular skill area. The Career Leader, on the other hand, highlights a person’s the business aptitude and identifies their skills. Tests like these can potentially help a person to find his vocation.
The second self-evaluation tool is behavioral and personality assessment. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBT) assessment, a well-known personality test, gives individuals a personality profile based on 16 different psychological types. The DISC assessment is another type of test which focuses on a person’s behavior within the workforce and how they react to the personalities of their peers.
Third is skill-based assessment, an interactive tool which measures one’s compatibility with their current role. It also calculates the success rate for several career options based on one’s strengths.
Aside from tests, one can read books on self-evaluation. One such book is “What Color Is Your Parachute?” which offers advice on personal strengths and then uses that information to judge if a career change is right for you. There are also online services, such as iMapMyLife, which can help you in coping with job stress and advise you on ways to push your career forward.
Assessment Tools for the Self
There greatest self-evaluation tool can be found within oneself. The key is to be honest, to admit that one has limitations, to accept that others may see you differently.
Questions that one can ask are “How do people communicate with me?” and “What have I accomplished?” These are also questions that should also be put to co-workers. A lot of insight may be gained by listening to another person’s perspective. Who do people go to when they are in need of advice? When the leader speaks, does anyone listen? Do people in higher positions constantly receive bonuses and salary increases.
It’s best to analyze oneself. Whenever something wrong comes up to the surface, share your experiences with fellow colleagues. Keep in mind, if you ask for someone’s opinion and find that you disagree, stay calm and don’t overreact. Comments and criticisms should be used for improvement. If a career change is necessary, then one should rest assured that he is better off finding another job.