Can Career Assessment Tools Tell You Which Role Is Right For You?

Clients I’ve worked with have often asked the question “how do I know which job or path is going to be right for me?”

It’s a very good question and for those of you who are considering, or are ready to change jobs, it’s often the first step towards building your new career. As you know, finding a position that you’ll enjoy or love can take time, which, if you’re like me, can get a bit frustrating when all you want to know right now is which direction you should go.

CAREER ASSESSMENT TOOLS – A POPULAR APPROACH

If you Google ‘which career is best for me’, you’ll find loads of career assessment tools and sites promising to give you the answer you’re looking for. Naturally, you might then conclude that taking a career assessment tool must be a surefire way to work out which way you should go?

Not so.

There’s one main reason why I choose not to use career assessment tools with my clients which is that when it comes finding a role for you, (and I say a role rather than the role, more on that later) I don’t believe there’s any magical tool that can give you the answers you’re looking for.

Whilst I recognise that career assessment tools can be helpful in outlining the mad array of job roles that exist, which can, in turn, inspire you to consider alternative roles, I’m not convinced that they can tell you which role is right for you.

SO WHAT, THEN?

In a nutshell, finding the right role for you starts with knowing yourself.

I know that might not be want you want to hear as this means taking time out, rather than just being given an answer but from my experience of working with many jobseekers, as well as my own path, I can tell you thatunderstanding your values, your motivations, your passions, your likes and dislikes will be more valuable to you than a quiz or exercise will be, especially if you’ve no clue as to what kind of role you’d like next.

Let me add – I’m not anti-assessments, full stop! Tools such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and values assessments can be good ways of helping you to recognise aspects of yourself that will help you to work out which roles could be a good fit.

These types of assessments are also helpful in offering insight into why you think the way you do and why you feel more comfortable in some circumstances than others. That’s helpful, oui?

Mmm and this approach to finding a path that you’ll enjoy and find fulfilling isn’t just limited to careers either. When it comes to certain areas of our lives, such as choosing a partner, deciding whether to buy a house or whether to get married, there are no fool-proof ways of knowing, for sure, which is the best option for us.

As I posted last week, getting comfortable with uncertainty is a big benefit, especially if you’re a highly-sensitive person. In a nutshell, the more in tune you are with you, the better you’ll be at recognising which options are most suited to you. You don’t need to stress – you got this 😉

This also ties in with the idea of finding the role for you. I don’t believe there’s just one role that exists that you’ll enjoy and find fulfilling. Chances are, you’ve had roles in the past that you enjoyed for different reasons so how could there be just one, future role for you?

Thinking that there’s only one role for you will create unnecessary pressure when, actually, there could be many roles that you’d enjoy.

‘TAMAAN, ARE YOU SAYING THAT CAREER ASSESSMENTS ARE BOB?’

In my humble opinion, career assessment tools can be helpful if you have a good idea of your values and what you’d enjoy as they can open your eyes to a wealth of job roles you may have overlooked. This in itself is valuable since being open-minded in terms of the roles you’ll consider will help you to find a great role sooner than if you limit yourself to certain types of roles.

Career assessment tools have their place but the whole point of this post is to tell you that, girl, you really don’t need to rely on tools, quizzes or anyone else to tell you what’s right for you. Information is helpful but guess what?

You, my dear, know best.

Love & blessings x

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