The tests delivered and managed by the registered career guidance counsellors and www.CareerGuidance.ie are also used within University College Dublin (UCD) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway).
There are three types of Career Guidance Interest tests available, click on the direct links below to gain further information, sample reports and pricing. All tests are taken online and reports emailed.
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|Career Interests Inventory (CII)||Learning Styles Indicator (LSI)||Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI)|
|Sample Reports||Pricing and Purchase Options||About the PFS|
ABOUT THE QUESTIONNAIRES:
Helping people explore areas of work that make the best use of their interests, values and motivations. Aimed at young people (14-19 years) this uses words and pictures to structure interests around Hollands Career Themes.
Interests are the most natural starting point when exploring the world of work. When we first start to ask ourselves ‘what do I want to do?’, our answers reveal what we see as being exciting, challenging and fun – in short, what we are interested in. Based on John Holland’s widely used model of vocational preferences, the CII explores interests, competencies and work styles to provide a multi-faceted tool for supporting career exploration.
Opening up the world of work
The CII is an engaging self-report instrument for those starting the career exploration process. Aimed at younger people or others with minimal work experience, the CII acts as a catalyst at key decision points, guiding choices through enhancing self-understanding and encouraging exploration of the world of work.
Using Holland’s model of vocational preferences, each preference is examined from three perspectives, so giving a rich and stimulating source of information for exploration of potential career areas:
Supporting career exploration
The CII acts as a focus for career exploration. Respondents are encouraged to widen their personal exploration by looking at how their competencies and work styles relate to their interests, so setting an agenda for potential development.
CII reports encourage research into potential careers, containing links to careers libraries and a range of online resources for further information. Prompts also encourage critical reflection on the CII results, so supporting respondents through the first stage of their career decision-making.
Based on the model of Psychological Type and dividing preferences into the Activator, Innovator, Clarifier and Explorer.
The Profiling for Success Learning Styles Indicator provides an effective tool to identify an individual's preferred learning style. Reports encourage learners to reflect on their preferred style and consider how they can remain effective learners in environments that do not match their preferences. Tutors can use the information to tailor their courses to ensure maximum learning and student retention.
Have you ever wondered why some lectures or lessons really grab your interest and others leave you cold? How interested you are in the subject will obviously play a part, but learning styles are just as important.
Learning is often described as a cycle. Many popular models have described four stages or preferences in this cycle. See the diagram below for characteristics associated with each stage:
|Clarifiers are at their most natural when having time to reflect on what has happened, what others did and how they experienced it. They contribute by recalling a lot of information and detail, asking questions about what was done, and encouraging others to be patient and reflect on their experiences.||Innovators are at their most natural when using their experience to bring new understanding and seeing the wider implications of their experiences. They are creative and can see the ‘big picture’, bring clarity to complex and ambiguous situations, and can reframe problems and ideas to make them more accessible to others.|
|Activators are at their most natural when learning through practical, concrete activity. They contribute through making situations as active and practical as possible, finding ways to make concrete progress, getting stuck in and ‘doing’, turning ideas and plans into action.||Explorers are at their most natural when taking ideas and experiences and turning them into plans for action and delivery. They are good at providing general ideas (although not always practical ways of doing things), bringing in new ideas and angles that may have been overlooked, and picking up on any last-minute changes.|
Theories of learning styles are based on the belief that people differ in how comfortable they are with different stages of the learning process. Put simply, different people learn in different ways!
Learning styles - Why understanding is important
The theory of learning styles tells us that learning should be maximised when the way in which we are taught matches our preferred style. When learning experiences do not match our preferred style we find learning more difficult or incomplete.
Understanding your learning styles therefore helps you to:
Remember, we can all learn in all environments. Sometimes we just need to do things a bit differently or be prepared to work a little harder!
Learning to work with others
Learning is an essential part of many modern jobs. Learning styles therefore tell us something very important about how we approach work and how we work with others with different styles. Remember, the ability to work constructively with others is a skill valued very highly by many top organisations.
Learning styles – Becoming a better learner and beyond
Developing your style of learning to cope with different environments takes time and effort, but is an essential skill for both your academic study and career development. Try the following:
See sample report from the Learning Styles Indicator, and so understand the type of feedback you will get, see sample report below.
A full Type Indicator with innovative features challenges a person to explore their view of themselves, their underlying needs and the direction for personal development.
Our personality influences how we do things – interact with others, plan our work, use our leisure time and tackle problems to name but a few. Because of its wide-ranging effects, understanding personality is central to our self-awareness and development.
We are unique individuals because of our personality. Some people do not like the idea of ‘measuring’ personality because they believe every person is unique, but so do most psychologists who develop personality assessments! Try asking yourself these questions:
The chances are that you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions; we can be both unique and yet share characteristics with others. Theories of personality tend to describe what is common between people. Personality assessments then describe how individuals vary along these common dimensions.
The personality questionnaire available through this site – the Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI®) – looks at your preferences or how you are likely to react and behave in different circumstances. It is based on the work of psychologist Carl Jung, whose theories are behind the most widely used personality assessments in the world.
Personality – How understanding can help you
Increasingly employers at all levels, but especially graduate employers, want you to have a range of skills in addition to your academic qualifications.
Employers will differ in what they look for, but the following are likely to be high on their list:
Your personality will impact on all of these areas. Understanding more about your personality will help you to recognise the way in which you are likely to approach different situations and those where you might have to change your preferences to work more effectively.
It is important to remember that personality assessments look at how you typically behave or what your usual preferences are. When necessary we can all change our behaviour; this may just take a little work and conscious effort.
|Test Type||Career Interests Inventory (CII)||Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI®)||Learning Styles Indicators (LSI)|
|Sample Reports||CII Feedback + Report||TDI Feedback Report||LSI Feedback Report|
|Sample Reports||CII Administrator's Report||TDI Administrator Report||LSI Administrator Report|
|Sample Reports||CII Career Explorer Report|
* Please note The Learning Styles Indicator reports can be generated from the Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI®) – if you have any queries, please call 01-707 0077 or email email@example.com
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