Linda Channing, DVFBC Career Assessment & Development Consultant:
It is often more difficult for next generation members in a family business to “know thyself” and to find their “own voice.” Gaining self-awareness, insights, and knowledge through a tried and true process involving objective assessments can be life-changing. For these reasons, some Family Councils require or encourage family members to go through a career assessment and mentoring process.
As a Career Consultant, I have the privilege of “coming alongside” people in determining how their skills, interests, motivations, values, and personality preferences translate into career satisfaction. Career assessment activities actually translate into more than just your career.
- They help you understand more about personal operating preferences and comfort levels with certain tasks.
- They create a clear job focus by confirming preferences and interests.
- You gain a better understanding of your strengths and discover how these strengths move you toward a distinct personal style.
- They assist in removing barriers that may limit career development.
Based on an extensive database of occupational and behavioral information, career reports will also help you better understand options and opportunities that can expand your possibilities. The outcomes of your assessment activities will help you ask the right questions. Of course, the right questions lead to solid decisions, and thus being able to articulate with confidence what you have to offer at each step of the transition process.
Searching Is Just the Beginning
Finally, for clients who are job searching, finding opportunities involves far more than looking at job postings. Researching companies and networking requires you to know and be able to discuss what you have to offer. Network with your connections and tell them what work you want to do. Your assessment helps with what you’ll be good at doing.
The self-knowledge gained from assessment helps you to shape research questions that are important to you. This involves being able to speak about your strengths in ways that motivate your contacts to refer you for openings and share their contacts with you.
In conclusion, career consulting can be a life-changing process as a teenager, young adult, or any age.