Stan the Interior Designer

Broader role, Geek 5
We’ve been talking about how to decide whether or not you want to take on a broader role at work and how career assessments can help. If you want a solid career assessment instead of one of the plethora of free assessments, you can try the Strong Interest Inventory. The Strong has been around for a long time and is well-proven.
 
The Strong Interest Inventory compares your interests and preferences to other people of the same gender who are in specific careers to help guide you to potential career matches. The assessment breaks down results into six general occupational themes: Artistic, Investigative, Social, Enterprising, Conventional, and Realistic.
Artistic is about creative arts, social is about taking care of people, enterprising is about sales, and realistic is about hands on work. The two categories that are mostly likely to be the primary themes for geeks are Investigative and Conventional. Investigative covers science, medicine, math and research. Conventional covers data management, accounting and computers/ information systems.
The assessment matches you to primary and secondary themes to link you to careers. You always gotta remember though that these are directional possibilities and not absolutes. Sometimes the caeer suggestions also need to be interpreted in context. We run career development workshops in my company and sometimes run in to this issue. For example, if the profession of Interior Designer is recommended to Stan, we don’t send him off to compete on America’s Top Designer. Instead we help Stan figure out how he can translate that recommendation into a career in our company. Interior Designer is an Enterprising theme. That is similar to Marketing Manager and Purchasing agent – we do have those professions in our company, so we might steer Stan there.
Another great feature of the Strong is that it gives you some personal style scales. Most importantly here, it measures your leadership style and how comfortable you are leading people. Leadership is about behaviors and you can learn behaviors. But if you are clearly uncomfortable managing others, then that could decide your career path.

If you get the Interpretive Report along with the basic profile, it walks you through a series of questions and action steps that can help you think things through. It also points you to resources like ONET that can help you research careers.

The Strong assessment is generally administered by a trained professional. Someone in your company’s HR department might offer it. It is owned by CPP and you can find more information on their site. CPP does offer a self-scorable option that anyone can purchase for $8.25.

Disclosure: I use the Strong Inventory in my work, but I do not have any connection beyond that.

Hopefully this series of posts have given you some resources for figuring out your career direction. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

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