Psychometric Assessment is a way to learn more about your personality, your personal preference of doing things, and how well a career might suit you. Each assessment focuses on a specific area, such as skills, interests, or values. Typically, an assessment asks you to answer questions about what you like, don’t like, what’s important to you, and what your strengths are.
Since assessment results may relate to as many as 900 different occupations based off your preferences, don’t panic if your results include careers that don’t interest you. It is recommended that you take multiple assessments and introspect on its findings to find the right fit that appeals to you. It is important to broaden your ideas and have a comprehensive overview of what’s possible for you before you make a decision. This is where a career counselor plays an important role to help you interpret your results, and help you discuss it with family and friends before making a career decision.
What can an assessment help you do?
- Learn about occupations that are a good match for you
- Decide where you need more training or experience
- Identify the skills you bring to a job
- Write more personal, detailed resumes and cover letters
- Consider careers you may not have thought about before
What can’t an assessment do?
- Provide any guarantees that you will like a particular career
- Ensure that careers you are suited for will be in high demand by employers
- Account for differences within the same career. For example, a nurse may work in different conditions in an emergency room compared to a nursing home; or a civil engineer may work in a different setting on project site compared to peers working in an office. Or different employers provide an environment that can make the same career more or less attractive.