Professional assessments are structured, theory-based tools that can help you identify and better understand your personal Career Assets and make the best occupational career choices possible. Assessments often lead us to learn new things about ourselves and understand ourselves in a different way. This section will help you gain new insights on what you are good at, what you want or need to learn more about, what is most important to you in the workplace, and the types of careers that suit you best.
Assessments can help you gain a deeper understanding of your strengths by identifying areas in which you already have skills, abilities, and interests. You can make decisions about your career path with more confidence if you understand what you like and do not like, as well as what you do well and not so well. An assessment that steers you away from one kind of job or training program can also help guide you toward another.
If you had a difficult time doing the “unstructured” assessments in the previous section, then this process will be very helpful for you. Combining your answers to the questions posed in earlier articles and formal assessments will give you the greatest confidence in career choice.