The United States Department of Labor’s O*NET Project and America’s Learning Exchange developed a list of situations in which assessments can be of assistance to you and include the following:
- You may just be entering the job market and are unsure of the type of training you need to help you get a good job, or even what type of job you would like.
- Assessments can help you focus your search for training or a career.
- You may have a job that you do not like, but you do not know where else to look for another one.
- Assessments can help you identify careers with a future and how you best fit.
- You may be in an industry using new technology. Your job has disappeared and you need to retrain and upgrade your skills. Assessments can help you identify your particular training needs for high technology jobs.
- You expect layoffs at your company and you are interested in exploring other career options. Assessments can help direct you toward other jobs that might suit you.
- You may be re-entering the job market and you want to identify and improve your skills. You want to learn how your skills match with the new “World of Work.” Tests and other assessments can help.
- You may have a disability and know you can be successful. Assessments can help you identify your strengths and abilities.
- You may be receiving some financial assistance for your training from an agency. The agency may want to assess your capabilities so they can help provide you with the right type of training.
- Assessments can help you improve your communications skills, point out unique abilities, and assess stress tolerance.
As you can see from the list above, assessments can help in a variety of ways. Beyond helping you gain a better understanding of yourself, assessments can help you better understand your strengths, interests, and development areas.