Careerinterest inventories are significant tools to help students evaluatetheir specific skills, values, and interests and fit them intoconcrete academic major or occupation (Cohen and Swerdlik,2012).The main objectives for career interest inventories include choosinga major subject, career exploration, career development, employeeengagement, and reintegration. Indeed, career inventory it is a greatstarting point for anyone searching his or her favourite career.Career interest inventories evaluate the likes and the dislikes,personality, and favourite activities of a person. In addition, ittest skills and interest of an individual and suggest career fieldsthat match them. Next, the inventories compare these qualities tocome up with a conclusion. There are several interest inventoriesfor instance, Strong Interest Inventory (SII), Myers-Briggs TypeIndicator (MBTI), and Campbell Interest and Skill Survey.
Accordingto Weinerand Craighead (2010),career interest inventories are very beneficial. Firstly, it helpsindividuals to make educational, as well as a career plan. Theirprimary objective is to match people’s interest with leisure,occupational, and educational pursuits. The assessment directs theindividual to the area of study or occupation that seems satisfyingand enjoyable based on the conclusion. However, the interestinventories are not always perfect.
Kaplanand Saccuzzo(2013), states that inventories are vital tools for students sincethey help them understand their interest and relates them to theircareer. Further, inventories save time, and it is convenient. Oneinventory may take duration of two hours to gather information whilethe same information can be obtained in eight to ten lessons. Careercounselling can use inventories for career development for highschool students. It heightens student’s self-awareness, as well asprovides understanding strengths and weakness. Research showsstudents are much happier studying subject of their interest.
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Cohen,R. J., & Swerdlik, M. E. (2012). Psychologicaltesting and assessment: An introduction to tests and measurement.New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Kaplan,R. M., & Saccuzzo, D. P. (2013). Psychologicaltesting: Principles, applications, & issues.Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
Weiner,I. B., & Craighead, W. E. (2010). TheCorsini encyclopedia of psychology.Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.