Administering Career Assessment Tools with Clients
Career assessments are used to explore individuals’ preferences about themselves and their potential satisfaction with different career options and work environments. The most important use of assessment results is to assist individuals in identifying their interests, skills, and/or work values, strengths, and limitations. The assessment may confirm their self-evaluation or provide insight with new information. Assessment tools progress the career counselling process as an important intervention that gathers information about the client in a particular area that is debriefed during the counselling-coaching session.
Assessment tools are used in schools, organisations, university career services, outplacement organisations, corporate human resources, rehabilitation counsellors and career counsellor/coaches.
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The Role of a Career Coach
The role of the Career Coach is to help people manage their careers, make career and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information.
Career Coaches use various techniques to assist clients, that include coaching, psychometric testing and career assessment tools, and mentoring. They provide information on job opportunities, job-seeking strategies, training, work-life balance, and self-employment.
By providing support and guidance throughout an individual's working life, Career Coaches play an important role in helping clients reach their career goals and promoting lifelong learning and career development.
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Esther Meltzer, Occupational Therapist, and Special Education Teacher said, "the various online assignments and career assessment tools were invaluable in assisting the process of both understanding individual strengths and priorities as well as exploring the various pathways and career opportunities available."
For individuals seeking international course accreditation in career development practice to work in a global environment with organisations and clients, develop and update their knowledge and skills in career development, or fill a skills gap in their practice.
The course is suitable in various contexts and roles, including schools, education, training, in the workplace in human resources or psychology, and/or experience working in employment, recruitment, outplacement,youth work, apprenticeship, disability and rehabilitation, case management, or management.
- Consider a range of client factors when administering career assessment tools.
- Develop knowledge and skills in applying assessment tools when working with clients.
- Practice ethical issues when administering career assessment tools.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Define career assessment to collect information about a client
- Specify the aim of career assessment tools to ensure appropriate usage
- Identify the types of career assessment tools and their purpose
- Discrimate and select appropriate career assessment tools based on understanding the client’s concerns and their career goal
- Identify the range of career assessment tools to select appropriate tools for clients
- Improve and apply appropriate assessment tools to administer to a client that considers the client appropriateness, needs, goals, and requirements
- Overcome misconceptions about assessment tools
- Identify the ethical issues when administering career assessment tools
- Specify the rights of the client when administering career assessment tools
- Apply a structured three-part process when administering career assessment tools that include before, during, and after
- Develop skills to give clients feedback following their career assessment
- Specify the benefits of career assessment tests
- Develop experience with undertaking career assessments
- Write accurate client case notes that reflect the session
- What is career assessment?
- Aim of career assessment
- Types of career assessments
- How to select an appropriate career assessment
- How to select an appropriate career counsellor
- Methods of career assessment
- Why is career assessment important
- Application of the assessment tool
- Factors to consider when administering assessment
o Client appropriateness
o The environment
o Timing of the assessment
o Reliability of the assessment toolo Validity of the assessment tool
o Accreditation of the assessment tool
o Source of the assessment tool
o Cost of the career assessment tool
o Inclusion of support materials
o Misconceptions about assessment tools
- Ethical issues to consider
- Rights of the client who undertakes the career assessment
- Administering career assessment to clients
o Before administering assessment tools
o During a test
o After a career test
- Giving clients feedback following career assessment
- What do I want to assess? Types of career assessment tools — What can beassessed?
o Aptitude assessments
o Emotional intelligence (EI) assessment
- Benefits of career assessment tests
- Disadvantages of career assessments
Writing case notes of client results
Upon successfully finishing the complete course, students will receive a Certificate of Professional Development accredited by Associated Career Professionals International.
Students can also receive a Certificate of Professional Development for each course they complete accredited by Associated Career Professionals International.
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POINTS
The time spent on each course of study may be claimed as continuing professional development (CPD) by CDAA members towards Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) requirements.
Non-CDAA members, please check with your professional association regarding their CPD policy
To claim your CPD points, present your certificate of course completion to CDAA or the professional association where you are a member.