School Counselor Week: What Self Assessments Do You Use with Students? #NSCW17
- February 7, 2017
- Posted by: Blogger
- Category: Counselor Week
Greetings, career educators and school counselors! Since it’s National School Counselor Week, we decided to share some of the history we’ve uncovered around career self-assessments, particularly because we know how meaningful these types of assessments can be in helping students start to figure out which careers might be a good fit for them.
Self assessments are used to help individuals identity who they are, who they want to be, and some of the challenges that may stand in their way. The results of these assessments become valuable information that students can use to explore the world of work and where they might fit in. And, one of the most exciting things about being a career educator is helping students figure out how to use the acquired assessment information to explore their own selves and potential careers.
The practice of using self assessments for career guidance emerged in the early 20th century as researchers began to accept the idea that an individual’s vocational satisfaction was tied directly to being in a career that was an extension of their interests and/or working around people with interests similar to their own. It all began with Parsons in 1909 when he introduced a 3-pronged method for effective vocational planning with a focus on self-knowledge, occupational information, and quality decision-making. His methods heralded in the vocational psychology movement and are still in use by school counselors around the world.
Most of you probably use one or more self assessments with your students already, and we’re curious which ones you like the best or find the most useful. The O*Net Interest Profiler? Myers-Briggs? California Psychological Inventory? Kuder Career Search? Strong Interest Inventory? Take our short survey below to let us know!