Career assessment makes it possible for students to examine their interests, attitudes, mental functions, natural strengths, and goals. Coupled with career advisement, it allows students to connect college planning with career planning and to select a major and career path that would best suit them. It also enhances students’ ability to advance their educational potential and serves as a platform for managing their professional development in the workplace with confidence.
GCC career counselors are trained in interpreting many kinds of assessments. They use career assessment inventories as decision making tools designed to assist students in identifying personal career guidelines and occupations in which they have a high probability for success. Counselors match personal information, obtained from assessments, with the characteristics of occupations and majors and help students discover how well they fit their particular interests, skills, and strengths.
STRONG INTEREST INVENTORY®
For nearly 80 years, the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment has helped organizations attract and retain the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals in their search for a rich and fulfilling life of work and leisure. The most respected and widely used career planning instrument in the world, the newly revised Strong is more powerful than ever, with major updates and new content that reflect the way we work and learn today:
- New focus on business and technology careers and the key skills required to work successfully in teams.
- New, more precise 5-point answer format to help your clients pinpoint the most satisfying career, educational and leisure choices.
- New Basic Interest scales - the most extensive revision since their creation in 1968 - including the fast-growing fields of computer hardware and electronics, marketing and advertising, finance and investing.
- New and revised Occupational Scales, including Computer & IS Manager, Network Administrator, Financial Manager, and ESL Instructor.
The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment instrument reflects today's pattern of constant change in the world of work. It provides a solid, dependable guide for career change and development.
MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR®
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) instrument is the most widely used personality inventory in history. Last year alone, two million people gained valuable insight about themselves and the people they interact with daily by taking the MBTI® instrument.
The MBTI® inventory helps you improve work and personal relationships, increase productivity, and identify your leadership and interpersonal communication preferences:
The various combinations of these preferences result in 16 personality types.
EUREKA CCIS ©© SELF-ASSESSMENT
Inner Heroes(tm) is a career assessment strategy, based on your assessment of your personality.
In Inner Heroes, human personality is divided into four broad categories. Each category has specific strengths and weaknesses, as all of us have things we are strong in or do well in; and things that we are weak in, or do not do well in.
The types used in Inner Heroes are: Helper, Planner, Thinker and Doer. You will learn what these types mean as you go through the Inner Heroes process.
Occupations and careers have personality characteristics, just like humans. They require people to have strong skills and knowledge in particular areas.
Inner Heroes will assist you in learning about your personality, and in linking your personality characteristics to possible careers.
MicroSkills IV® enables you to view yourself from a transferable skills or talent perspective. Everyone has some natural abilities. So, even if you have never held a job, or gone to college, you have skills that are used on a day to day basis. MicroSkills will assist you in discovering what those skills are and how they can be used in the world or work.
Occ-U-Sort® is an interactive self-assessment questionnaire designed to help students or clients take a closer look at themselves and the world of work. The questions are organized into the following categories: Temperaments; Aptitudes; Data Skills; People Skills; Things Skills; Environmental Requirements; Educational Requirements; and Entry-level Wages. Occ-U-Sort offers the user a graphic depiction of the impact their decisions have upon their occupational options. It is very simple and easy to use, yet effective!
A few things to remember:
- Career assessment inventories are NOT tests.
- A follow-up interpretation of the results by a career counselor is part of the assessment process.
- Counselors and staff will guide you in gathering specific information about your high interest areas.