CAREER ASSESSMENTS are extremely helpful in providing information that will help you make better career decisions. They help you learn more about yourself, including your values, interests, passions, and career motivators.
Having a better understanding of who you are and what you want out of life can save you money and time by pointing you toward career choices that provide a better fit for who you are.
We are certified to administer a number of career assessment instruments including the Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) aptitude test, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), and the Strong Interest Inventory® (SII).
Below is a brief description of some of these highly respected and very effective assessment tools.
The Highlands Ability Battery (HAB) is an assessment used to determine your aptitudes.
It is the gold standard in aptitude testing and is effective in assessing your natural abilities and strengths. The HAB will provide you with a great deal of information about yourself, including how you learn and communicate best, your most effective problem solving approach, and how you can best optimize your work environment.
Through a series of timed assessments, the HAB is able to objectively identify your natural talents. Research shows that everyone is born with a set of abilities that makes it easier to complete certain tasks. Research also shows that people achieve greater career satisfaction when they are using their natural abilities on a daily basis.
A 30+ page report is generated that provides objective rather than self-reported information, and shows your unique ability pattern sets. This report is a life-long tool that can be accessed as your needs change throughout life. Optional reports include those designed for students, adults, lawyers, and leaders.
Highlands Whole Person Method
The Highlands method is a whole person approach that allows you to make career and educational decisions, enhance your current career, increase satisfaction and productivity, integrate work and non-work life, and more easily navigate transitions related to work.
Through the DWYT (Don't Waste Your Talent) Coaching Program, you will explore eight important factors in your life that affect career and life decisions and you will create a Personal Vision Template to guide you in your future career decisions.
The MBTI® is a well-known and trusted instrument used to identify personality preferences. Assessment results will show you where you prefer to focus your energy, how you take in information and make decisions, and how you deal with the outside world. The MBTI® measures personality on four different dimensions, assigning one of two types to each category (for example, introversion or extroversion).
This creates 16 unique personality types. No type is more valuable than any other, but each has its own strengths and weaknesses. A deeper understanding of your personality preferences as found through the MBTI® assessment is valuable for individual career development, team building, conflict management, and leadership coaching.
As many as 1.5 million MBTI® assessments are administered annually to individuals, including to employees of most Fortune 500 companies.
One of the most widely used career assessments by colleges and universities in the world, the Strong Interest Inventory® is especially useful in choosing college majors and making good career choices.
Based upon Holland's Theory of Occupational Themes (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional), the SII® measures your results on three different scales, the General Occupational Theme (GOT), the Basic Interests and Occupational scales.
According to how you’ve answered the questions in the assessment, you will be assigned a GOT code that offers insight into your general outlook on life and your preferred work and learning environments. The Basic Interest scales reveal personal and occupational areas of interest, and the Occupational scales suggest career families for exploration.
The SII® report provides a great deal of information for career development use and offers insight into work and leadership styles, risk taking, and team orientation, as well as career values, interests, and motivators.
Dr. Don Clifton, an American psychologist and educator, posed the question, "What would happen if we studied what was right with people versus what's wrong with people?" Focusing on Strengths rather than weaknesses is fundamental to the CliftonStrengths® philosophy.
Dr. Clifton, considered to be the grandfather of Positive Psychology, began his research into human Strengths, eventually discovering over 430 different talents. These were condensed into 34 themes, each of which falls under one of four domains: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking.
Also a part of the Positive Psychology movement, The Values in Action (VIA) Inventory is an assessment that measures 24 different values and ranks them according to how you answer each question. Your top five values reveal your core Character Strengths.
The CliftonStrengths® and the VIA Character Strengths assessments will help you discover the essence of who you are. Your top five Strengths in each of these assessments are your Signature Strengths and are fundamental to who you are.
“What leaders have in common is that each really knows their strengths, has developed their strengths, and can call on the right strength at the right time."
- Donald O. Clifton
One of the most widely used personality profile systems in the world today, DISC is a behavioral assessment tool that measures four fundamental personality traits: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C). The resulting combination of traits from the assessment reveal an individual’s DISC Profile.
A DISC Profile is used to predict personality and behavior in the workplace and in life. No style is better or worse than another, but working at a job that requires a set of traits different from your own natural style can result in frustration and lack of job satisfaction.
Discovering what your own personal style preferences are and choosing a career path that matches your natural behavior style can help you find greater career success and job satisfaction.
Card sorts are a commonly used tool for career counselors to help their clients clarify and prioritize their career values, interests, and motivators.
While card sorts are a simple assessment method, they are very effective because they directly engage the client with hands on activity.
We use a variety of card sorts including Career Values, Occupational Interests, and Career Motivators.
The Workplace Excellence Series was created in collaboration with business owners and business leaders and is designed to help people understand and deliver the essential skills that are in demand in the workplace today.
This ten-module program offers a better understanding of the employer’s perspective, practical skills, and the “bottom line” of an organization in ten important areas.
Designed for employees, students, and job seekers, the program offers current employees the skills and tools needed to produce greater value in their work, and better opportunities for achieving career and company success. Students will get an early start on building habits necessary for future career success, and job seekers will learn to show true value proposition, increasing their chances of getting hired sooner.
Maximize the power of your employees by giving them the skills and tools needed to get your company a competitive edge in the in the evolving economy. Help your learners understand their true value in the workplace and translate it into real-life, long-term outcomes.