A comprehensive Vocational Assessment involves 4 aspects of functioning:
First, testing is used to measure intellectual aptitude for post-school study. Testing is useful in revealing whether a specific ‘special skill’ exists, and, more generally, whether the candidate is better suited to Technical, or University study. The relative aptitudes for the Sciences (BSC), Commerce (BCom), and the Arts (BA) are explored and compared.
Second, interests are tested. Multiple questionnaires may be used in order to examine the consistency and stability of interests across measures.
Third, personality functioning, particularly as it pertains to the workplace environment, is evaluated. This aspect of testing assists with identifying leadership inclination, work habits and attitudes, interpersonal skills, stress tolerance, and other factors which would serve to ensure a ‘good fit’ between the candidate and the job-role, and
Fourth, values and motives. Values, or needs, are those factors which serve to drive the individual, and are crucial in maintaining motivation. To the extent to which there is a match between the candidate’s values and work-role, a sense of occupational satisfaction is achieved. Values differ greatly from person to person, and may include such factors as Risk, Altruism, Financial Reward, and Variety/ Change, among many more.
The assessment the above usually takes 2.5 – 3 hours, and is done one-on-one with me. Once testing is complete, a written report needs to be compiled, integrating the information.
A formal feedback session, at which the candidate receives this information, is essential, so that the candidate can receive the most from the assessment experience. Understanding their own functioning in each of the areas assessed is of as much, if not more, importance than the job recommendations themselves, as this self-insight assists greatly in future career and education decision making processes. The process also echoes a recruitment process, and is good practise for this.
Several jobs are recommended, based on test results. Information on these jobs, where to study in preparation for them, length of study required, compulsory subjects (where applicable), pros and cons of each career, employment prospects, etc, are included. This information provides a basis for further research into the recommended fields.
Career testing can be done on anyone, ideally from Grade 10 onwards. Even those already involved in a career, and wanting a change, can benefit from the process.
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