Assessments to support career and professional development
CareerEQ offers a wide range of career and personal development assessments as part of our service. Some of these are available online and some are provided in workbooks or other materials during coaching sessions. All our assessments are validated through research and some have been expanded to be more relevant in today’s dynamic workplace.
To create real change in your career
If you are seriously looking for help in determining which career direction you wish to pursue or identifying a ‘best fit’ role, we recommend that you invest in professional career coaching to accompany any assessments you do. In this way, the complexity involved in sorting through the aspects of interests, skills, personality, and values is facilitated by a qualified coach. The investment could change your life. Check out our career coaching programs.
Although CareerEQ offers our own CareerEQ Career Intelligence Program you can also access some free career tests online. The resource links provided here are solely for your own self-inquiry purposes. Most free assessments will give you a generic result or a part-result and then suggest that you buy the full report. The cost is usually small. Interpretation of your results can be a bit confusing and you should always consider a variety of factors that may affect the career decision you wish to make.
We suggest that you don’t accept the results of online assessments or make life-changing decisions based on them without discussing them with a trained career specialist. It is also important to keep in mind that not all assessments are valid and/or reliable however the ones we have recommended here are well recognised.
Career Interest Inventories:
Career Quest: Career Quest is a free assessment on the CareersNZ website. It takes just 15 minutes to explore job ideas matched to your areas of interest.
Truity Personality Profiler: Based on the Holland Code (below) and the Big Five system of understanding personality traits, this assessment will show you which careers suit your strengths.
The Holland Code Career Assessment : John Holland’s Theory of Career Choice (RIASEC) maintains that people fit into one of six personality types: Realistic; Investigative; Artistic; Social; Enterprising; and Conventional. These six areas of personality indicate an individual’s preference for the kinds of people they wish to work with, the environments that will let them use their skills and abilities, and where their attitudes and values can be expressed.
Career Anchors : The concept of the Career Anchors was introduced by Edgar Schein. A Career Anchor is something that develops over time and evolves into a ‘self-concept’ which shapes an individual’s personal identity or self-image and includes talents, skills, and abilities, motives, and needs and our attitudes and values.
Work Values test : In this work values inventory, fourteen career values are identified: Autonomy, Creativity, Variety, Structure, Self-development, Influence, Work-life balance, Financial reward, Security, Prestige, Performance, Working conditions, Work relationships and Altruism. The test will give you a full and detailed report.
Professional Development Assessments:
The Five Factor : The Five Factor model of personality is the most widely accepted personality theory in the scientific community. It helps us to understand why people may react differently, behave differently, and see things differently from others in the same situation. The Big Five model is also sometimes called OCEAN. It proposes that human personality can be measured along five major dimensions: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.
The Positive Intelligence Assessment : This assessment was developed by Shirzad Chamine who researched and wrote the New York Times bestselling book Positive Intelligence, and Stanford lectures which draw together the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science. The assessment will help you to identify aspects of personality and beliefs that hold you back from getting ahead and the guidance to use these for your development.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®(MBTI®) instrument is a highly versatile assessment that has helped millions of people around the world gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how they interact with others. It is extremely useful as it presents a common language to easily communicate the complexities of an individual`s personality. It offers reliable insights for self – understanding in individuals and in the performance of people and teams in organisations.
MBTI® is a useful tool for:
Leadership and coaching
Career and personal development
CareerEQ offer individualised feedback sessions on the following MBTI® reports:
Career Report; Your personality and career choice
Take the M Form Career Assessment to understand your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type; how your Type affects your career choice and career development. This report also suggests job families and occupations best suited to your Type. A one hour personalised feedback session with a qualified MBTI practitioner is included.
Development Report; An in depth exploration of your personality and its development
Working through your Q Interpretive Report with an accredited MBTI ® Practitioner you will understand more about your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type and how you can apply your results to Communicating, Making Decisions, Managing Change and Managing Conflict. This assessment is excellent for adding a personal development piece to your career exploration.
During the one hour feedback session you will explore how your personality has developed. You will receive an in-depth interpretation, a full 18 page report and some highlighted key development objectives.
At Work Report; Your personality Type within an organisational context
Receiving the one hour feedback on your your Personality Type in Organisations assessment report will give you a snapshot of your working style, how your unique preferences enhance your work, your Communication Style and your Problem-Solving approach. It will help explore next steps on your personality at work journey.