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How Career Assessments Help Provide Career Clarity

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Austin career assessments are reliable and valid at Lifework Clarity Career Counseling because Master Career Counselor Beth Arnold, LPC, uses the highly trusted Myers-Briggs Step 2, the Strong Interest Inventory and the Combined Career Report.  Assessments that are unreliable and invalid can make academic and career confusion worse.  In contrast, reliable and valid assessments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory, help provide career clarity.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Step 1 Interpretive Report: 

Identifies your four-letter personality style.  This report describes natural preferences in relation to preferred work settings and styles of leadership, problem solving and communication.  Along with the Myers-Briggs Step II Report described below, the specific phrasing that most resonates with you helps you remember and build an integrated career story.  This is the story that convinces potential employers to see you as their best candidate.  It also helps you focus on finding the kind of work you  enjoy most given your natural approach to life.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Step 2 Interpretive Report: 

Looks at 20 facets of personality preference that underlie, amplify and customize the four-letter personality style, which is described in detail.  This in-depth multi-faceted look at personality preferences helps you understand how to use your personality style more effectively to enhance communication, make decisions and manage change and conflict--the heart of life planning and career management.  This deep dive into the Myers-Briggs results gives you the confidence to speak authentically about your style in addressing various work challenges.  As a result you may find multi-person behavioral interviews no longer intimidating, but instead rather stimulating.

NewlyRevised Strong Interest Inventory:

Identifies your interests and preferences in relation to various job titles, work settings, career fields, and general occupational areas.  Customized reports are available for high school students, college students, and career seekers.  These results make career exploration in general, and the job search specifically, much more efficient.  That is because they help you keep your focus on finding the most potentially engaging work in an otherwise chaotic, constantly changing workplace.

Strong and Myers-Briggs Combined Career Report: 

Integrates the personality style preferences from the Myers-Briggs Reports with the interest and workplace style preferences from the Strong Interest Inventory to offer initial guidance on career direction and relevant occupations.  This report provides useful wording for developing criteria that define your ideal roles, work settings and fields. You can use, tweak and reality-test your ideal criteria throughout the career exploration and decision-making process until you find the career opportunity that best addresses the most important criteria.

 What makes these assessments particularly valuable is that they have scientifically-proven reliability and validity established through many decades of research involving the results of large populations of test-takers of different ages, genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  This is important because without rigorous tests for reliability and validity assessment results can be worse than meaningless.  They may actually point you in the wrong direction!


Many of the free self-assessments on-line can do just that.  Ever wonder why you see so many on-line personality tests? Free tools exist that allow anyone to create their own self-assessment test. 

When an assessment is determined to be valid by research standards we can trust that the assessment measures what it intends to measure and that it can reasonably make predictions from the results.  When an assessment is considered to be reliable, that means that it produces consistent results for the test taker over time.  In other words, the results are not likely to change significantly if the test taker were to retake the assessment at a future date.


With all the self-assessment tests available-- valid, reliable or otherwise-- you may be wondering why the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) require professional interpretation.  When you take these assessments you are the expert in determining which results best describe you.  But sometimes you may wonder why some results come out the way they do. 

It is important to understand that assessment results are suggestions, not answers.  When assessment takers hope to find quick answers to complex career dilemmas they may over-interpret results or take them too literally. 

As a professional career counselor in Austin, Texas, Beth can help you slow down and think deeply about how your natural preferences have played out in your life so far and how to use your knowledge of your preferences to increase future success.  When your work engages your natural preferences your career becomes your lifework.