Career Seekers And / or Those Embarking On a New Career Path

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Need to be self-aware of their own interests, skills-sets, and personal valueswhen trying to understand or find a career that is best for them. Career search enables one to analyze jobs based on their expectations and the skills one has. It makes one pose the following questions: Is my education level suitable for this position? Do I have the skills needed to occupy this position? In what type of environment will I be working? Does this job align with my values, interests, and personality? For career counseling, there are several career assessment tools available to help clients with career decision-making.

The two assessments used for Ms. Scott were the Self-Directed Search (SDS) and Discover Careers That Fit Your Purpose. These two self-assessments will help Ms. Scott identify her personal interests, traits, preferences, and potential in directing her to a career path that fulfills her expectations.

The first self-assessment was SDS which helps individuals find occupations that best suit their personal interests and skills.

This particular assessment is broken down into four different sections which are Activities, Competencies, Occupations and Self-Estimates. This assessment took about 45 minutes to complete and as a result gave Ms. Scott a summary code of SCE. This summary code’s purpose is to help the individual understand three different personality types that represent them. Ms. Scott’s three personalities were aligned with Social, Conventional and Enterprising personalities (SCE).Social personalities as stated by Sharf, 2013, are highly interested in occupations where theycan be helpful to others as they value and it is in their nature to be social and verbal with people in general.

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One thing I found interesting was that, for Social personalities, it is stated that they enjoy teaching younger children, but Ms. Scott noted in section “S” of Activities that she

disliked taking care of young children. Ms. Scott has “teacher” listed as her fourth option for “dream occupations.” However, Ms. Scott stated that, if given the opportunity, she would prefer not to work with children or youth. Conventional personalities are described as those which tend to be in control of situations, tend to be well-organized, and tend to value money. Based on the results in section “C” of Activities, Ms. Scott likes working in an office space and values organization. Ms. Scott’s final personality type is Enterprising. As stated by Sharf, 2013, Enterprising personalities value persuasion over helping others as opposed to those with Social personalities. Based on Ms. Scott’s summary code, she was able to identify six different occupations that aligned with her interests. She was also able to recognize that these six unique occupations required the pursuit of at least three different levels of education.

The second self-assessment was Discover Careers That Fit Your Purpose. This assessment allows one to identify their interests, determine their skills, and analyze what work environment goals are the most essential. This assessment uses Holland’s theory which aligns the personality of the individual with the environment in which they prefer to work. Ms. Scott’s summary code for this assessment was S, A, R, and E. Ms. Scott is able to work in environments with groups of people who have Social, Artistic, Realistic and Enterprising personalities. Based on this assessment, Ms. Scott’s interests also align with an Artistic and Realistic personality. Artistic personalities favor being creative and prefer an environment in which they encourage personal and emotional expressions over other types. In the book, Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling,Sharf (2013), identifies Realistic personalities as people who value money, power, and status more than human relationships (p. 121). Realistic personalities would rather work with objects than interact with others at work unless working with others revolves

around interacting with physical objects or projects. In the other assessment, SDS, Ms. Scott’s personality also aligned with Social and Enterprise personalities. In the second part of the Discover CareersThat Fit Your Purpose assessment, Ms. Scott had to prioritize her goals and necessities. Ms. Scott stated that the most important career goal for her was prestige. She stated that she prides herself on her work and efforts when given any tasks. Ms. Scott also stated that it is important that her work be useful to and valued by others. Ms. Scott likes to challenge herself to deliver quality work. The goal that was least important to her was geography.

Ms. Scott stated that as long as the career is stable, secure, and rewarding she would not mind relocating if necessary. I asked Ms. Scott about relocating for a previous job from Cleveland to Chicago. Ms. Scott worked in Chicago for about two years, but then decided to move back due to missing being surrounded by family. This might seem counterintuitive, but Ms. Scott also did not see herself doing that occupation forever which goes back to relocating for a more fulfilling and secure career. Ms. Scott’s overall career goal is to attain her licence as a Professional Counselor, graduate from her current Master’s Program, and potentially pursue a PhD. Ms. Scott also plans to teach in college. Overall, Ms. Scott feels that she did not find out anything new about herself.

Ms. Scott stated that her results for both assessments aligned with her top three occupation choices which were Counselor-LPC, College Professor, and Human Resource Representative. An interesting part of Ms. Scott’s assessments was that the majority of the personalities highly valued money, but Ms. Scott listed Earnings as the fourth most important goal for a career.As the assessor of these assessments, I believe both assessments were straightforward and easy to understand. I believe these two assessments simultaneously helped Ms. Scott understand the overall goal of aligning her interests, values, and traits in a working environment that matched her personalities. As a counselor I believe I would use these assessments with my clients. I believe these assessments allow one to know their strengths,evaluate individual interests, and relate it to a work environment where they would want to work. I would still very much like to do more research with regards to the role of “environment” in choosing a career.

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