halifax, nova scotia

Vocational Assessments:


Who do we work with?

Are you a high school student uncertain about what you would like to do when you graduate? Do you have a career choice made, but are unsure how to get there? Do you need help selecting courses that will prepare you for your chosen career?

Are you a recent high school graduate having difficulty deciding on a career? Are you seeking more information on occupations related to your skills and abilities?

Are you a university or college student facing multiple career options and decisions? Are you interested in changing career paths but unsure what direction to take?

Are you unhappy in your job and considering a more satisfying career? Have you been out of the work force for some time and are now considering a return to the job market?

vocational assessments halifax



What do we do?

Our psychovocational assessments answer questions about an individual's aptitudes (work-related skills and abilities) and interests related to employment.

Aptitude tests help determine what you are good at. We identify your work-related strengths and skills (e.g., verbal, mathematical, perceptual, and psychomotor aptitudes) and which careers will allow you to put those skills to the best possible use.

Interest testing allows us to determine what your interests are and how those compare with those of people in different occupations and educational programs.

By considering your aptitudes and interests we can help you to make an informed decision about your future work options. Our assessments will provide you with a report identifying the academic programs and/or occupations that may be a best fit when considering further learning and/or work.

Academic and Vocational Counselling is also available to assist in making informed decisions regarding post-secondary programs, setting realistic employment goals and making informed career decisions. We can assist you in making choices regarding post-secondary institutions and courses, developing employability skills, including resume-building, conducting job searches and understanding labour market information.


Why?

Transition from High School: As stated in Nova Scotia's Report of the Minster's Panel on Education, the high school years are a critical time for students in thinking about transitions to further learning and work. The panel reported, "more needs to be done to support students in successfully transitioning to and from the school system." Suggested barriers to students receiving the support they need to make informed decisions about their futures included the limited time guidance counsellors have to meet individually with students and a lack of up-to-date training and information to support career decision-making.

Our vocational assessments and counselling can provide advice that is not limited to traditional university programs; includes consideration of arts, trades/technology, and avenues that lead directly to employment; considers programs and required courses for admission; and can offer information about current workforce trends.

Research suggests that students are making career decisions that do not match their aptitudes, skills, and interests. Potential consequences of this mis-alignment include increased tuition/debts when a student changes among programs of study, dropping out of school, and working in a career that the person is not passionate about.

Our assessments ultimately help individuals to understand their learning and aptitude profiles, think about what courses they should be taking in high school and post-secondary programs, and set reasonable and realistic goals regarding their future and career options. Our hope is that with more guidance and direction with respect to transitional planning that the students we work with will become productive and contributing members of society, employed in jobs that they love and can be successful at.

Transition to a new job or return to the work force: Understanding your aptitudes and interests can help you to learn more about yourself, direct you to more satisfying work, or may help you decide what kind of job to look for. Research suggests that a good match between the job and the person yields higher levels of job satisfaction as well as job performance.


What does the assessment consist of?

Assistance with "next steps," for example, employment counselling services that may include extended conversations about post-secondary programs and work options outlined in the assessment report; discussions about and assistance with completion of applications for post-secondary programs; labour market information; and employment readiness skills can also be provided.

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