Information for Testees
A comprehensive Vocational Assessment involves 4 aspects of functioning:
First, testing can be used to measure intellectual aptitude. Aptitudes for the Sciences (BSC), Commerce (BComm), and the Arts (BA) are explored and compared. For those already with a tertiary qualification, a greater emphasis is placed on the other 3 aspects of testing.
Secondly, interests are tested. Multiple questionnaires may be used in order to examine the consistency and stability of interests across these measures. Interests may or may not enjoy the support of aptitudes – information that is important when making an informed career decision.
Thirdly, personality functioning, particularly as it pertains to the workplace environment, is evaluated. This aspect of testing assists with identifying factors such as leadership inclination, work habits and attitudes, interpersonal style, stress tolerance, and other factors which would serve to ensure a ‘good fit’ between the candidate and the job-roles recommended, and
Lastly, values and motives. Values, or needs, are those factors which serve to drive the individual, and are crucial in maintaining career motivation. To the extent to which there is a good match between the candidate’s values and work-role, a sense of occupational satisfaction is achieved. Values differ greatly from person to person, and may include Risk, Altruism, Financial Reward and Security, and Variety/ Change, among others.
Assessment of the above usually takes 2.5 – 3 hours, and is done one-on-one. Once testing is complete, a written report needs to be compiled, integrating the information.
A one hour feedback session, at which the testee receives test results, is essential for gaining the most from the assessment experience. This would happen one week post testing. Understanding your own functioning in each of the areas assessed provides the self-insight necessary for making sound future career and education decisions. The process also mirrors a recruitment process, and is good practise for this.
Typically, several jobs are recommended, based on test results. Information on these careers, where to study in preparation for them, length of study required, the pros and cons of each career, employment prospects, etc, are included. This information provides a basis for further research into the recommended fields.