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As Career Development Professionals, we all know that guiding individuals toward their dream careers involves a blend of art and science. One of the most powerful tools we have on the shelf is the career assessment. These assessments aren’t just a bunch of random questions (although it can look that way sometimes); they’re specialized tools that can illuminate a path for your clients. So, why are career assessments so great, aside from making our jobs a whole lot easier.? Here’s 10 things you should know.

  1. The Power of Self-Discovery:
    Career assessments serve as mirrors that reflect your clients’ personalities, interests, strengths, and preferences. They’re the ignition switch for the journey of self-discovery.
  2. Beyond the Basics:
    Gone are the days of old-school aptitude tests that only look at what someone is good at, right now. Today’s career assessments encompass a so many different dimensions – from personality traits and values, to employment barriers, and emotional intelligence. The more holistic the assessment, the richer the insights you can offer to your clients.
  3. Customized Guidance:
    Career assessments aren’t about labeling your clients; they’re about tailoring guidance. Use the assessment results to create personalized roadmaps, suggesting industries, roles, and opportunities that align with your clients’ profiles. Remember, you’re not just pointing the way, you’re helping them create their own path.
  4. Conversation Starters:
    Assessment results are great conversation starters, especially with clients who find self-reflection really difficult, or are hesitant to talk about themselves. Discussing the outcomes with your clients can uncover anecdotes and experiences that might not show up. These conversations help build trust and rapport, enhancing the overall experience.
  5. Creating Realistic Expectations:
    One of the most valuable roles of career assessments is setting realistic expectations. By grounding clients in their strengths and areas for development, you provide a solid foundation where they can build their aspirations.
  6. Navigating Transitions:
    Mid-career shifts and transitions are the norm these days. Recent surveys in Canada show that most people only stay in a job for about 3 years. Career assessments are like compasses during these uncharted journeys. They help individuals identify transferable skills, reignite dormant passions, and find new avenues that align with their evolved selves.
  7. Tackling Decision Paralysis:
    Who hasn’t heard “I don’t know what I want” when meeting with a client? In an ever-evolving world of work, it’s hard to know what you want, especially if you don’t know what exists. Career assessments can be the antidote to decision paralysis. The insights gained help clients take the guesswork out, and make informed choices, reducing anxiety about the unknown.
  8. Lifelong Learning:
    In today’s fast-changing job market, learning doesn’t stop when you get a diploma. Continuous learning and professional development have become a requirement. Career assessments give clients a clear picture of strengths and interests, which can be super helpful when thinking about new skills to learn or new paths to explore. Revisiting the results down the line makes sure their chosen path still aligns with their aspirations
  9. Complementing Expertise:
    Career assessments are tools, they aren’t a replacement for Career Development Professionals; in fact, they rely on us as much as we rely on them. Having an understanding or human nature, the labour market, and experience that can’t always be quantified brings something to the table that no assessment can. Interpreting the results and helping clients decipher what truly resonates is a massive part of the process.
  10. Evolving Tools:
    Think of career assessments as tools in your kit – they’re not all the same, and new ones come out now and then. Just remember that the latest, greatest thing, with all its amazing features, may not be the best for your clients; on the other side, it’s easy to write off the ones that have been around forever as old, but they might have had some major upgrades when you weren’t looking. What’s important is evaluating your tools to make sure you’re equipped with the best resources to guide your clients effectively.

When it comes to Career Development, assessments are like those trusty sidekicks that uncover hidden trails and kick start conversations. Having a knack for decoding these assessments, along with a solid understanding of how people tick, adds up to great results. Think of each assessment as a personalized window into what’s possible for clients. Mix in your know-how, and you’ve got a recipe for custom career insights that really hit home. So, keep refining those skills because you’re not just shaping careers – you’re nurturing aspirations and laying the foundation for success, one assessment at a time.

At CLSR, career assessments are what we do. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or you’re just getting your feet wet in the world of Career Development, and you’re wondering where to start, take a look at what we’ve got. Reach out to us if you want to find out more, or want to try an assessment out yourself. Whatever you do, remember to Always Assess the Assessment.

Brad Whitehorn
Brad Whitehorn – BA, CCDP is the Associate Director at CLSR Inc.  He was thrown into the career development field headfirst after completing a Communications degree in 2005, and hasn’t looked back!  Since then, Brad has worked on the development, implementation and certification for various career and personality assessments (including Personality Dimensions®), making sure that Career Development Practitioners get the right tools to best serve their clients.