Step 1
The Career Assessment Process – Discovering Who You Are

What will you find on this page?
Step 1 - Career Assessment

  1. A Brief Introduction to the 5 Career Assessment Tools
  2. Why Should I Trust These Tests
  3. What This Career Self Assessment Program Can Do for You


Brief Introduction to the 5 Career Assessment Tools

Each of these tests will reveal a deeper understanding of yourself, which will help you to put together a full picture of what you bring to the workplace. You will learn what your work style is, what your work values are, what your personality type is, what motivates you, and which kinds of intelligences you have a talent for using. This page gives you a brief introduction to these 5 tools and the tests that will help reveal to you more about yourself, so you can better choose a career that you can be happy doing, maybe even one that you are passionate about.

1. Your Work Style Preferences – the way you approach and handle the work itself. According to Dr. John Holland, retired psychologist from Johns Hopkins University, there are 6 of these preferences: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Dr. Holland’s theory has been used for the past 50 years. He says that one of these areas will be dominant in the way we live our lives, and function in the workplace. Here you will learn more about each of these 6 Work–Life Preferences.

2. Your Work Values – what you value most about work, in terms of your preferred work settings, and how you like to interact with people. Your work values give you important clues as to the kind of work and work conditions you’d do well in. This inventory, created by Dr. Donald Super, (1910–1994) an internationally recognized career development specialist, is now a classic used in the Career Assessment process.

3. Your Personality Type – that indefinable something that everyone out there, can see sparkling around you, everyone that is, but you. According to the most well–known personality type test — The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – there are 16 personality types. No one has been able to evaluate and describe personality type better, than this American mother–daughter team – Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. It’s a fascinating and highly accurate look, into how we see the world. It’s worth getting to know your personality type on the Myers–Briggs Personality Scale. You will not only understand yourself better, but also your family, friends, and your co–workers.

4. Your Central Motivations – what makes you tick – yes, usually it’s hidden in plain view. Your Central Motivations are the passion or energy behind your interest in something. They are what get you excited or make you enthusiastic about doing the work you love.

Your motivations will tell you what kind of work you should seek out. The good news is that there are many different jobs that need the same motivations. Your jobs may change, but your motivations will remain the same throughout your life. If you are in a job that you love, you may not know why you got into it. But you will know after you finish this assessment. If you are in a job that you can’t stand, then you will also have a good idea why it doesn’t fit you, after you’ve done this assessment.

You must be motivated to enjoy the work you do, otherwise you’ll come to hate it, become bored with it, and feel like you are wasting your life.
You will spend at least a third of your life on the job, why not do something you like?

5. Your Multiple Intelligences – In school we were rewarded for two types of Intelligences:

  1. Having a logical, orderly or mathematical mind
  2. Having a linguistic mind or a sense of how to use language, so that you could string words together into clear, grammatically correct and meaningful prose.


Then, in 1983, along came neuropsychologist, Dr. Howard Gardner with his Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and the world of education hasn’t been the same since.

Now we know that there are at least six more types of intelligence that we use all the time. Research has shown that we will develop a preference for using one or more of these, and the others will play a secondary, but nonetheless important roll, in how we think and solve problems in our everyday life and worklife.

Why Should I Trust These Tests?


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  • You are doing a self-assessment. No one knows you better than yourself. You are your own best judge of what suits you.
  • No career assessment can tell you something you do not already believe, or know about yourself. All any assessment can do, is point out your gifts, talents, preferences and abilities.
  • If a career assessment tells you something that seems to go against what you know about yourself, then it may not be true for you.
  • You need to trust your own self-awareness before accepting the outcome of any assessment.
  • All the career assessments on this site have strong research and many years of professional use behind them.
  • All of the assessment results are based on your own best judgment of your preferences. This is a most reliable way of testing, because you know yourself best.


What This Career Self Assessment Program Can Do for You

What we are doing here, is confirming, gathering, and organizing the information you know about yourself, and building it into a useful data profile of you.

These career tests are giving you an opportunity to think about yourself in an organized way. Once you have this information printed out and at hand, you will feel more confident and clearer about the decision-making process, and be well on your way to finding a Best Career Match.



Are You Ready to Begin the Self Assessment Program?
Go now to: Your Work Style Preferences
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This Link Will Take You Through Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Program


Links to Step 1 - The 5 Career Tests on This Site

Step 1 - Discovering Who You Are
Links to Step 2 - Career Exploration

Step 2 - Exploring Your Career Options
Links to Step 3 - Getting into the Nitty Gritty

Step 3 - Doing the Research For Your Dream Job
Links to Step 4 - Taking Care of Your Career

Step 4 - Managing Your Career - Doing Career Planning
Are you wondering: "What Career is Best for Me?"




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