People differ in many ways and they work or learn in ways that reflect those differences. To choose an optimal career path, it is important to be aware of one’s unique pattern of abilities, interests, personality traits and work styles.
A Psychovocational assessment (career testing) can identify areas of vocational strengths, as well as possible obstacles to successful employment or education. It can help people identify careers and educational programs in which they may be most successful, and develop specific strategies to meet their vocational goals.
Psychovocational assessments at WCPS are conducted by Registered Psychologists, who have the qualifications, training and experience to select and administer the most useful tests and measures for an individual, and to interpret the results in the context of an individual’s life.
A comprehensive assessment is multi-dimensional. There is more to an assessment than just answering a series of multiple-choice questions. Psychovocational testing identifies aptitudes and interests which then need to be correlated with personality traits and characteristics. Results are then corroborated and clarified through conversation and analysis of a variety of test results.
At WCPS we look at a person as a whole, and focus on integrating the information obtained in assessments in a way that provides useful and meaningful recommendations for the real world. People are often referred to us for assessment by employment or vocational rehabilitation agencies.
A Psychovocational assessment would be beneficial to a person:
- Entering the workforce for the first time
- Returning to work after an extended absence
- Contemplating a significant career change
- Experiencing a change in mental or physical health