WHO AM I PAPER INSTRUCTIONS
The purpose of this assignment is to learn how instruments can be used as a part of career development. For this paper, you will use the results obtained from Steps I–II of the Career Assessment and Career Inventory Instructions.
Divide your paper using the headings below (without Roman numerals) and write a 4–6-page paper in current APA format (no abstract). Remember to bold and center the headings. Your paper may be written in first person. Save your paper in Microsoft Word format as: Last name_First initial_Who_Am_I_ Paper (e.g., Doe_J_ Who_Am_I_ Paper).
Submit your paper by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 4.
Address all aspects of each question in-depth:
Career Instrument Results
• What were your scores/results from the O*NET Interest Profiler?
• Using your textbook, read about John Holland’s theory of types (pp. 69–80). Describe your top 3 Holland vocational personality types. What are the characteristics of your types? (Do not just list traits, but integrate the traits into a narrative.)
• Describe/define your important values from the Value Sort. Provide a detailed discussion of at least your top 2 values, but no more than 5 values.
• Explore your reactions to and feelings about the results of each instrument.
• Does each overall result fit or not fit your self-perception? Why or why not?
• As you review the descriptive words used for the top 3 Holland codes, do any of the descriptors not fit your self-perception. Why or why not?
• As you review the descriptive words used for the bottom 3 Holland codes, do any of the descriptors fit your self-perception. Why or why not?
• Describe your feelings and reactions while taking the assessments.
• Examine whether intrinsic factors such as race, age, gender, or disabling conditions could have influenced your assessment results. If these factors do not seem to apply to you, discuss what led you to that conclusion.
• Describe any external factors such as feeling tired, being rushed, technology issues, etc., that could have influenced your assessment results. If these do not apply to you, describe how your environment was beneficial in the assessment process.
• While taking the assessments, did you think about how your response to a specific statement would affect the final result? Did it cause you to change your response? (Note: This happens and will not be counted against you.)
• Describe how the results of each of the assessments appear to relate to each other.
• Are the occupations of interest associated with your vocational personality type in an environment where you can easily express your personal/work values?
• Consider how the results of the assessments relate to any career themes or patterns you have noticed in your own life. Look at such patterns as leisure activities, hobbies and interests in books and movies, etc. (For example, if your primary type is realistic, perhaps your life-long attraction toward taking care of animals makes sense now.)
• Compare your results to past/present employment experiences. Overall, how do your results compare to your job satisfaction and fulfillment in both past and present occupations?
I have already taking the O net Interest profiler inventory. Here are the results
Career Development Instruments
There are various instruments that can be used to enhance career development (Brown & Lent, 2013). The purpose of this paper is to provide a personal analysis of some of these instruments. Essentially, I will use my results to formulate responses to the deployment of various instruments to advance career development.
Career Instrument Results
In my O*NET Interest Profiler, I attained the following scores: realistic type, 0; investigative type, 12; artistic type, 7; social type, 27; enterprising type, 5; and conventional type, 7. Based on Holland’s vocational personality type, my top three personality types are: social type, investigative type and artistic type.
My most prominent personality type is social type. This means that I have a social personality and hence prefer activities that involve manipulating others to enlighten, cure, develop, train, or inform (Brown & Lent, 2013). As a social individual, I detest systematic, ordered, and explicit activities that involve machines, tools or materials. As a result, I am competent in human relations like educational and interpersonal skills and lack adequate scientific and mechanical ability. The associated traits are: warm, helpful, understanding, responsible, generous, tactful, patient, friendly, sympathetic, kind, cooperative, social, idealistic, and convincing (Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey, 2017). Personally, I am considerably comfortable in social situations regardless of the context. Moreover, I am also thoroughly cooperative with other people, particularly in groups or teams.
Investigative type of individual has a preference for activities that involve creative, systematic, symbolic, and observational investigation of cultural, biological, and physical phenomena (Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey, 2017). They repel repetitive, social and persuasive activities and hence, develop mathematical and scientific competencies but lack sufficient leadership skills (Sharf, 2016). The associates traits are: reserved, curious, rational, methodical, critical, precise, introverted, complex, pessimistic, intellectual, cautious, modest, independent, and analytical. Personally, I can relate to the trait of modesty and independence.
My third major trait is artistic type. Artistic types of individuals are drawn to unsystematic, free, and ambiguous activities that involve manipulation human, verbal, and physical matter to formulate art products and forms (Patton & McMahon, 2014). They repel ordered and systematic activities and hence are competent in writing, dance, drama, music, art, and language, but deficient in business-system and clerical work. Some of the associated traits are: original, idealistic, open, independent, expressive, nonconforming, impulsive, emotional, intuitive, impractical, disorderly, introspective, imaginative, and complicated (Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey, 2017). Personally, I can relate to the traits of nonconformity and expressiveness.
While I selected the most applicable results from my perspective, the results I acquired by taking the O*NET Interest Profiler did not quite fit my self-perception. My highest score indicated that I have a predominantly social personality. Prior to the test, I perceived myself to be a primarily artistic individual. I have a strong aversion for ordered and systematic activities and I am a competent writer. Regardless, I have always been comfortable in social circumstances. Notably, social individuals also repel systematic and ordered activities, which is a factor that validates my results to a considerable degree.
In consideration of the descriptors for the social type, I am hardly a patient individual and yet this is categorized as one of the traits that I should possess. Through personal experience, I have identified that impatience is one of my greatest weaknesses. Under the investigative type, I can hardly relate to the reserved descriptor. While I may not be the most outgoing individual, I do not consider myself reserved. In relation to the artistic personality type, there is a solid alignment between all the descriptors and my self-perception. My three bottom Holland codes are: realistic, enterprising and conventional types. Under the realistic type, I have always regarded myself as being modest and humble, and therefore, relate to this particular descriptor. Similarly, my self-perception is that I am a sociable and agreeable person, which concurs with two descriptors under enterprising type. I can hardly relate to any of the descriptors under conventional personality type.
While taking the assessment, I had solid ideas of what results I would receive as has been illustrated under my self-perceptions. Moreover, I felt thoroughly conflicted about certain responses due to my lack of experience in many of the mentioned areas and an uncertainty as to whether I would actually appreciate partaking in the respective activity. My assessment results were not influenced by intrinsic factors like gender, age, race or disabling conditions. On the contrary, all my responses were guided by my level of interest in the activities mentioned in the assessment, from extreme interest to absolute distaste. However, my responses towards the artistic questions were more visceral than objective since they were driven by my self-perception.
External factors did not have a major impact on my assessment results. The only external element that may have been influential is that I took my assessment in the presence of other individuals who were taking a similar assessment and, therefore, whenever any of us felt conflicted about various responses, it was common practice to consult and share our conflictions. However, the environment was largely beneficial during the assessment process. It was mostly quiet, which allowed me room to contemplate whether I had an affinity or an aversion to a particular activity.
While taking the assessment, I frequently found myself thinking about how my responses to various statements would impact on my final results. I have a very solid self-perception about who I am and what I would prefer to do in terms of my career and, therefore, occasionally I felt that my responses may drive me away from what I believe about myself. Furthermore, there were occasions when I felt that my responses were contradictory and hence, I would not receive conclusive results ultimately. However, this did not cause me to change my responses. All the responses that I provided were as frank as possible.
My personality results indicate that I am largely a social type of person. While this contradicts my self-perception of being artistic, I can relate with it on a more practical level. The occupations of interest associated with my vocational personality type mostly involve dealing with other people as opposed to working alone, for instance, teaching and counseling (McMahon & Watson, 2015). Perceptibly, these occupations are in an environment that would allow me to easily express my work and personal values. Notably, I have always had an interest in counseling people and helping them to solve their problems. I enjoy listening to other people and contributing my own ideas. My assessment results of being social make sense from this perspective.
Due to my self-perception of being artistic, I have always sought out jobs in these areas. However, my job fulfillment and satisfaction in the past and present have not always been significantly high. With this new perspective of my social personality type, I intend to seek out employment in areas that are more aligned with my personality and gauge my job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Brown, S. D., & Lent, R. W. (2013). Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley.
McMahon, M., & Watson, M. (Eds.). (2015). Career assessment: Qualitative approaches. Springer.
Niles, S. G., & Harris-Bowlsbey, J. (2017). Career Development Interventions (5th ed.). Upper5 Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Patton, W., & McMahon, M. (2014). Career development and systems theory: Connecting theory and practice (Vol. 2). Springer.
Sharf, R. S. (2016). Applying career development theory to counseling. Nelson Education.