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Career Assessments

Assessment exercises around motivations, preferences and values in career planning for you to complete (via MyCareerHub)

 You will find Career Assessments  in the 'RESOURCES' section when you log in to MyCareerHub.

What are Career Assessments?

What do you value in your current role? What is your typical style of interaction? What characteristics do you display and how are you perceived in the workplace? Whether you are beginning your career, have many years of experience or are unsure of your career direction, reflecting on your motivations, preferences, values and working style can be useful when considering your current role and desired career path.

A number of assessments are available on MyCareerHub to help you assess your motivations, preference and values.

  • Emotional Control How well do you cope with your emotions at work? Are you sometimes too sensitive? Do you get angry too easily and fly off the handle? Most people would like the emotions they and others experience at work to be constructive, predictable and proportionate to the circumstances.    

  • Management Skills

    Being a good manager is essential in order to achieve work objectives through other people, but helping others to achieve their best at work is also a highly satisfying element of a management position for many individuals. Both sides of the role are key to organisational success.    

  • Giving Feedback

    Giving feedback is a key part of working with other people and helping them to develop. This could be as a formal part of your role (for example as a manager) or informally as part of your day-to-day interactions. How comfortable are you in giving feedback to others?  

  • Stress Management Stress happens when the demands, or pressures, on a person are greater than their resources or their ability to cope effectively. Stress and pressure are words often substituted for each other, but pressure in itself is not a bad thing, it can motivate individuals and teams and create a buzz in the workplace.    
  • Customer Focus

    Most of us have customers. We might not directly work with those who buy our products or services but whether internal or external, we all have others we need to deliver to. Being customer focused is not always easy, but focusing on what is delivered to customers is an essential part of most jobs.  

  • Sound Decision Making

    This decision making assessment will help you to look more closely at your decision-making process: your tendencies, the process you go through, the perspectives you consider and the level to which you rely on your instincts and offer guidance on how your decision-making can be made more robust.  

  • Assertiveness Assertiveness is defined as the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. An assertive person is comfortable stating their needs or points of view and sticking to them; they usually believe they have the right to be heard and obtain what they need, but none of this is done at the expense of another person. A win-win situation is important to them whenever possible.  
  • Learning Styles The Learning Styles assessment can help you discover how you prefer to learn, which could save you time, money and energy. But the advice will also help you to understand how you can broaden the range of learning styles you use. This will enable you to grow and develop more effectively, both in a personal and a professional capacity.  
  • Temperament Temperament is based on the work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Jung's theories have been the basis for some of the most widely used personality instruments in business, with almost 2 million people a year discovering their personality ‘type’.  
  • Personality Insight   The Big 5 are the five overriding personality traits we can see and measure in people and they constitute one of the current and dominant theories concerning personality and behaviour. They are the most basic breakdown of personality traits and account for some of the differences we see between people. There are no right or wrong personalities, just a fit or mismatch to a particular role.  
  • Workplace Culture

    Organisational culture is about how quickly an organisation receives feedback, the way members are rewarded, the levels of risk taken, the type of leadership and the ‘glue’ that keeps people working together. It is ‘the way things get done’ in that particular organisation.This assessment will help you to understand more about the type of environment and culture that might suit you best.   

  • Motivation at work Motivation is about your drive to act in a particular way. At work, it’s about the amount of effort you’re prepared to make, with what tasks and for how long. Completing the assessment will help you to consider how your motivation affects your job and life choices, especially when you are in a career transition; you will find out more about what drives you and how that relates to work.  
  • Personal Resilience A person’s resilience is about their ability to bounce back from difficulties, to bend, but not break under stress. This assessment will help you to understand more about your own resilience and the aspects which influence how you experience stress. This assessment will help you to understand more about your own resilience and the aspects which influence how you experience stress.  
  • Strengths Understanding your skills and strengths is key to your career development. Being able to categorise your abilities can help you to more clearly define your working role and your career direction, to celebrate what you are good at, accept the things you are not and appreciate others for their strengths in your areas of weakness.

To access these careers assessments you need to log into MyCareerHub and you will find them in the Resources section.