At CCS, we make use of several career questionnaires, psychometric tests and self-appraisal exercises to stimulate and focus discussion. No single questionnaire or exercise can produce the ‘right’ answer. However, it may contribute significantly to the overall picture. Your Career Coach will help you identify recurring themes from the different exercises, thereby increasing your clarity and confidence in the results. This acts as a sound basis for developing a picture of your future direction.
Career Questionnaires: Interests
These act as a basis for discussing what really motivates you. Your interests are the key to your energy, and your likely commitment.
Psychometric Questionnaires: Personality
Personality questionnaires can be important as they give you ideas on your suitability for a variety of work environments, your strengths for coping with different people in differing situations, and whether you are likely to work better in a team or in a more self-sufficient role.
Psychometric Questionnaires: Strengths
Strengths are increasingly used to assess people’s suitability for jobs. In career counselling, we focus on strengths to remind you of what you are naturally good at, and also your strengths which may be hidden or as yet, ‘unrealised’.
Psychometric Questionnaires: Career Anchors and Drivers
A ‘Career Anchor’ is an indication of what grounds or ‘anchors’ you in your career. This questionnaire can assist you to address such questions as ‘am I more suited for a managerial or technical specialist role’? It can enable you to become more clear about your core values and career drivers.
Self-Appraisal Exercises and Other Questionnaires
These exercises may reveal important themes relevant to career choice, change or development. They include:
- Transferable skills
- Life achievements
- When do I thrive?
- Work values
- Job satisfiers.
Here is the kind of self-assessment exercise that can act as a useful basis for discussion.
People work for different reasons. Most of us work for money, but the amount of financial security and income required by people will vary. We all ‘help’ others less fortunate than ourselves from time to time, but some people like to do this for most of their time. most of us like a challenge from time to time, but some of like to be faced with challenge after challenge.
The table below lists a number of work and non-work values, needs or priorities. Think about how important each value is to you. Rate each one on the following scale:
- of no importance
- of very little importance
- of little importance
- of some importance
- of considerable importance
- of a great deal of importance
- of the utmost importance
|Value Category (see Key below)||Your Rating (1-7)|
|To have the company of other people||SO|
|To belong to a group||SO|
|To be involved actively in family life||SO|
|To have a strong religious faith and practice it||SO|
|To be sought out for advice||SO|
|To do something useful for society||ALT|
|To enjoy assisting others, with or without reward||ALT|
|To make a great deal of money for myself and others||EC|
|To be free of concern over my economic needs||EC|
|To accomplish important things||ACH|
|To take risks||ACH|
|To have considerable responsibility||ACH|
|To use skill and judgement||ACH|
|To develop skills||ACH|
|To have competition||ACH|
|To have considerable authority or power||P|
|To be well known||P|
|To lead other people||P|
|To influence the thoughts and actions of others||P|
|To be recognized as an expert||P|
|To seek knowledge||L|
|To learn new skills||L|
|To have change and variety of people||V|
|To have change and variety of activity||V|
|To have change and variety of scene||V|
|To have a great deal of discretion||IND|
|To be my own boss||IND|
|To work alone||IND|
|To work at my own pace||IND|
|To develop and create new ideas||C|
|To develop and create new devices||C|
|To develop artistic creations||C|
|To live simply, away from crowds and sophistication||LS|
|To live the ‘good life’: near theatres, restaurants, etc.||LS|
|To be busy most of the time||LS|
|To be free of pressures and expectations||LS|
Now, take a separate sheet of paper and list those values which you have scored 7 points. Then 1st those you have scored 6 points, and so on. Are your main values where you would have expected them to be? Are you currently meeting your most important values at work? If these are not being met at work, are you finding an outlet for your values in your leisure, home or community life?
Perhaps this exercise has merely confirmed what you already know about yourself. It may, in addition, have provided you with some new career ideas. Maybe you feel it is not enough just to write down your values, possibly in a mechanical way, without having an opportunity to discuss you thoughts with an impartial ‘outsider’.
What is so effective about the CCS approach and our career questionnaires and exercises, is that we give you the chance to talk over the possible alternatives arising from such exercises and, through professional career coaching and counselling guide you towards making a practical decision.