ERIC Number: ED458490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
When Assessments Fail: Using Alternative Approaches to Career Exploration.
Lewis, Cindy; Sabedra, Cynthia
Career Assessments are useful in helping people uncover their interests, values, personality, and skills. The problem with assessments occurs when counselors do not use the information to explore options for career decisions with students. This paper offers 10 alternatives to administering Career Assessments, which counselors can immediately implement into their counseling sessions. The suggestions include: (1) volunteer or do an internship in an area of interest; (2) get involved with a career contact program that offers mentors; (3) describe a dream job scenario; (4) complete some field research or informational interviews; (5) read about job descriptions on the Internet; (6) consider hobbies that may have career options; (7) join groups that link students with professionals in a field of interest; (8) use a company directory to generate ideas or interests; (9) learn lessons about resourcefulness, creativity, and persistence; and (10) read books about career decision making. Counselors have to be mindful not to overwhelm students with too many ideas at one time. Coaching will be needed to tell them how the ideas work. (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: "Staying Innovative and Change-Focused in the New Economy"; A Collection of Special Papers Generated for the 2001 International Career Development Conference (Seattle, WA, November 7-11, 2001); see CG 031 356.