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Assessing self-assessment

Self-assessment is one of the most common topics in career development work and yet it is also one of the most problematic. For example, self-assessment is often carried out in highly didactic ways. The career development professional can develop an uncritical belief in the power and efficacy of their selected tool and fail to help the client evaluate and assess the tool itself. It is here that the work of Roger Simon and colleagues can prove valuable. For example, in relation to occupational inventories, they suggest we should ask students or clients to:

  • Take two or three different test and compare the similarities and differences
  • Assess the degree to which people follow a systematic, rational procedure in choosing their jobs
  • Interview one or two people in the workplace and find out how they ended up in their line of work
  • Learn about work form other sources such as published collections of interviews with working people or online videos
  • Use all this to evaluate a matching approach to career development

You are now requested to read Simon, Dippo & Schenke's (1991) chapter on Self-assessment: Changing Circumstances, Changing Selves from the core reading. Consider the strengths and weakness of this approach.