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ASSESSMENT. Its Importance in Career Planning. Assessment is NOT Synonymous with Testing. Basic Principles of Career Development. Career development is an ongoing process, a series of choices.

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assessment

ASSESSMENT

Its Importance in Career Planning

basic principles of career development
Basic Principles of Career Development
  • Career development is an ongoing process, a series of choices.
  • Multiple factors are involved in career choices, including interests, aptitudes, achievement, skills, needs, values, and self-concept.
more basic principles
More basic principles . . .
  • Past experiences influence present needs and values.
  • The myth of “One Right Job” is detrimental and inaccurate.
  • Self-concept and belief in self are of major importance.
time for fence mending
Time for fence mending . . .

Meaningful assessment means going beyond testing to derive information and using that information for more than file drawer ballast

reasons for assessment
Reasons for Assessment
  • To measure gains made
  • To identify natural strengths
  • To develop possible enrollment options
  • To generate potential career choices
  • To confirm or adjust decisions already made
  • To open avenues for exploration
what to assess
What to Assess?
  • Achievement
  • Aptitude
  • Interest
  • Learning/work style
  • Physical conditioning & capacity for work
other factors
Other factors . . .
  • Work environment factors
  • Cultural agendas, background, possible hidden pressures on student
  • Occupational preparation requirements
still more
Still more . . .
  • Workplace trends and opportunities
  • School offerings and opportunities (and alternatives)
  • Own level of knowledge in these areas
achievement
Achievement
  • Norm-referenced standardized tests
    • TAP
    • IOWA
    • TABE
  • Criterion-referenced standardized tests
    • Briggance
    • Other alternative (authentic, performance, functional) instruments
aptitude
“General”

Clerical

Mechanical

Spatial

Kinesthetic/Tactile

Musical

Interpersonal

Analytic

ASVAB

DAT

CAPS

VALPAR 2000

SAGE

McCARRON-DIAL

Aptitude
aptitude14
Aptitude
  • “General” aptitude is a myth
  • Use information about past experiences
  • One type of aptitude may relate to many possible skills
  • Aptitude vs. skill
interest
OKCIS

COPS

Discover

PLAN

Self-Directed Search

Strong Interest Inventory

Reading Free Vocational Interest Inventory

Kuder

Wide Range Interest & Opinion Test

Interest
interest16
Interest
  • Think in clusters, not strictly defined occupations
  • Ask about hobbies and leisure activities
  • How can “different” interests work together?
other factors17
Other Factors
  • Learning/Work Style, Work Environment Factors
    • Piney Mountain Press instrument
    • Other formal instruments
    • Informal personal surveys
    • Health issues (asthma, allergies, light sensitivity)
learning work style
Learning/Work Style
  • Visual, auditory, or kinesthetic intake
  • Scribed, oral, or kinesthetic output
  • Group or individual
  • Holistic or sequential
  • Dependent or independent
  • Introvert or extrovert
more factors
More Factors
  • Physical conditioning & capacity for work
  • Cultural agendas & background
  • Hidden pressures on student
  • Occupational preparation requirements
    • SOICC Directory of Licensed & Certified Occupations
    • OKCIS
    • Dictionary of Occupational Titles
environmental preferences
Environmental Preferences
  • Attire
  • Sedentary or active
  • Level of cleanliness
  • Indoor or outdoor
  • Noisy or quiet
  • Brightly or dimly lighted
  • Interactive or solitary
educational goals
Educational Goals
  • Current attainment level
  • Tentative expectations
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Consider finances
  • Realistic level of commitment
  • Awareness of requirements for some occupations
and finally
And Finally
  • Workplace trends & opportunities
  • School offerings and opportunities (and alternatives)
  • Own level of knowledge of local economy and futures
appropriate conditions
Appropriate Conditions
  • NOT the auditorium with lap boards and low lighting
  • NOT the gym with everyone carrying his/her own desk
  • NOT a 50-minute subtest shoehorned into a 55-minute class period
critical considerations
Critical Considerations
  • What is it good for?
  • How much NEEDS to be done?
  • How will it help the student?
  • Do you know how to use the instrument and the resulting information correctly?
optimal outcome for students
Optimal Outcome for Students?

I have an unlimited number of positive options available to me.

advice from two who know
Advice from Two Who Know
  • Luck is hard work meeting opportunity.

- Vince Lombardi

  • Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

- Oprah Winfrey

a parting thought
A Parting Thought . . .

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt