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Eight Free Career Assessment Tools to Help Your Clients Find Their Fit
July 11, 2019
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Whether your client is just starting out in their career, or ready to make a career change, career assessments can be a helpful tool to spark ideas and identify strengths. Here are eight free career assessments to help get you started.  

Charity Village Career Assessment Questionnaire 

This multidimensional assessment offers guiding questions for clients around job/career satisfaction, career path/options, attitude/motivation and the role of their family in career change/job search. It also offers definitions for terminology used in the assessment, which could be helpful for clients who are using it independently. 

Motivational Appraisal Personal Potential (MAPP) Career Assessment 

The MAPP test comprises 71 questions exploring likes and dislikes and is meant to be done quickly, taking approximately 22 minutes to complete. Users must register to take the free sample assessment. Paid packages are also available, which offer different assessments and career matching opportunities. 

Entrepreneurial Potential Self-assessment 

This questionnaire from the Business Development Bank of Canada has users rate a series of statements (e.g. “I want to build something that will be recognized publicly”) to help evaluate entrepreneurial traits in regard to their motivations, aptitudes and attitudes. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.  

Sokanu Career Test 

The Sokanu career test offers matches to more than 800 careers. It evaluates career fit based on interests, work history and goals, workplace preferences and personality. The full assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete. It can be used with a variety of age groups. 

Holland Code Career Test 

This career assessment is based on psychologist John Holland’s RIASEC model of career choice. It follows the theory that careers and people’s personalities and interests can be classified into six broad areas. This 60-question assessment generates a brief report outlining the assessment taker’s primary career interest area and a list of possible careers; a premium report is available for a fee. 

Career Interest Profiler 

Taking about 25 minutes to complete, this assessment from Testing Room measures six traits to help identify top career choices. A personalized, mini report comes free, but the 14-page full report is only available for a fee. Testing Room’s career planning assessments are developed by Psychometrics Canada. 

InSight™ Values / Work Characteristics Inventory 

The InSight assessment from CareerPerfect helps clients clarify and prioritize their values in relation to their working life. It evaluates responses in 10 categories, including structure and pace, challenge, environment and creativity. CareerPerfect also offers a Work Preference Inventory, a quick assessment of preferences in regard to work assignments. 

Career Cluster Interest Survey 

This assessment lets clients rate activities they enjoy, personal qualities and school subjects they like to discover career clusters that are a match for their interests. It takes five to 10 minutes and was created by CAREERwise Education.  

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) | Gatsby
July 3, 2019
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Gatsby has produced Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Sector, in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company and Disability Rights UK.

Career Change Toolkit
June 19, 2019
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Activities and advice to help your clients explore career options and make it happen!

This Toolkit will help your clients:

  • Work out whether it’s time for a career change 
  • Explore what it is they want to change
  • Think through options which match their strengths, interests and values
  • Consider alternatives to a complete career change
  • Work out how feasible a change would be and what is involved
  • Implement specific strategies to make it happen.

Older Employees Feel Undervalued
May 23, 2019
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More than half of over-60s want to continue working but are concerned about age discrimination and lack of career progression, according to research from AvivImage result for older workers

Nearly one in five (19%) of those surveyed feel that younger colleagues are favoured over older generations, while the same number (19%) believe their age has become a barrier to career progression and development.

However, more than half (53%) of employees aged 60 and older are not ready to retire, increasing to 61% for people still working past the age of 65, the research found. The majority (73%) of those in their fifties and sixties feel they share invaluable skills, experience and knowledge with colleagues, but 16% believe this is not valued by their employer. Read more

Helping Oder People to Use the Internet
April 23, 2019
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If you want to show older people how to use the internet for the first time, or help someone to improve their skills, this guide, produced by the Centre for Ageing Better and the Good Things foundation, is for you.

It doesn’t matter if you’re helping a friend or family member, or someone you support as part of your job or volunteering role. Inside, you’ll find lots of tips on how to get started.

There’s also advice if you’re interested in setting up long-term learning for a group of older people. You don’t need to be a computer expert to be able to provide good help. If you feel confident using the internet by yourself, you know enough.

Download The Guide Here

National Careers Service | Discover Your Skills and Careers
April 15, 2019
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This is a new BETA service provided by the National Careers Service.

Take this assessment to find out what types of jobs might suit you, for example, “retail and sales”.

Answer a few more questions to find out what specific job roles might suit you, for example, “florist”.

This could take 5 to 10 minutes. It will take longer if you’re using assistive technologies, for example, a screen reader or screen magnifier.

You can save your assessment if you want to complete it later, or look at your results again another time.

Start The Assessment Here

Supporting LGBT Young People
April 8, 2019
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Stonewall has a range of resource to support LGBT Young People.

Download this resource to support all of your work in supporting LGBT young people in school or college.

Stonewall Guide

Brexit Resources
April 8, 2019
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These Brexit factsheets produced by Aspire International look to help keep young people and careers practitioners up to date with the impact of leaving the EU.

Aspire International are constantly updating and adding to the factsheets available below.

Brexit Briefings

 

Resume Tips to Transform Your Job Search
March 18, 2019
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This is an extract from the  post  56 Resume Tips to Transform Your Job Search that first Jobscan Blog.

Creating a resume for your job search should be easy. Download a template, write up your work and education history, then fire it off to eager potential employers. But once you start, the questions start piling up. Are objective statements still a thing? Do I put the company name or my job title first? Which skills and duties do they care about? How small can I make my fonts and margins to fit everything on a single page? And what’s this I’m hearing about applicant tracking systems?

We’ve got answers– 56 resume tips to guide you through the process.

Every Time: Name, phone number, and email address: With so much else to consider, job seekers sometimes forget to make themselves reachable. Just ask an experienced recruiter.

Ensure that your name is prevalent at the top of your resume, followed closely by a personal phone number and email address. Don’t use your work contact information if you have other options. Read more

8 Free Career Assessment Tools to Help Clients Find Their Fit
March 11, 2019
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Whether your client is just starting out in their career, or ready to make a career change, career assessments can be a helpful tool to spark ideas and identify strengths. Here are eight free career assessments to help get you started.  

Charity Village Career Assessment Questionnaire  

This multidimensional assessment offers guiding questions for clients around job/career satisfaction, career path/options, attitude/motivation and the role of their family in career change/job search. It also offers definitions for terminology used in the assessment, which could be helpful for clients who are using it independently. 

Motivational Appraisal Personal Potential (MAPP) Career Assessment 

The MAPP test comprises 71 questions exploring likes and dislikes and is meant to be done quickly, taking approximately 22 minutes to complete. Users must register to take the free sample assessment. Paid packages are also available, which offer different assessments and career matching opportunities.  Read more