What is a Career Assessment?

Feb 01, 2019

What is a career assessment? A career assessment is a tool to help individuals determine their interests and personality as well as preferred work styles and environments. They can be completed online or in person.

"Many people are overwhelmed when changing careers, and do not know where to start. Career assessments provide a strong foundation to career planning," says Jocelyn McKenna, Centre for Skills Employment Advisor.

"Once a client has completed an assessment and narrowed their possible career options to between three to ten options, we can then conduct more in-depth research such as looking into the labour market, salary, educational requirements, daily tasks and see what the room for advancement is like in this career."

Career assessments help clients self-reflect and determine their own likes and dislikes. Once they have determined those, Centre for Skills Employment Advisors can help them make informed decisions and support their short-term and long-term career planning.

"I have used career assessments with clients at any stage of their career," says Jocelyn. "From highschool students, to people moving into retirement, to those who are having difficulty finding the right fit, career assessments are a great tool that helps people set realistic goals and determine the steps to take towards reaching their dream job."

Some of the types of career assessments Centre for Skills offers include:

  • Interest Inventories: Rating various tasks, work styles and environments
  • Career Cruising: Report outlining possible occupations with reasoning for client's matches and example careers
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Identifies job families and occupations that are a good fit, based on your MBTI type. 
  • Personality Dimensions: Examines personality traits such as self-motivators, behaviours, and approach to work

To learn more about career assessments, visit one of our Employment Services locations.