Career Direction frequently asked questions
Should I choose the Career Direction Workshop or individual sessions in order to receive and process my assessment results?
Both formats are designed primarily to help you verify your results and clarify what your reports are (and are not) saying.
The workshop offers a context of community and support with others in various transitions of their career. Participants are often encouraged and challenged to hear the questions and insights from other people in the group. The workshop is an efficient way to receive your results and go through a general verification process in one sitting.
The individual sessions will offer you more individualized guidance than you would not receive in a workshop. Also, you have the ability to begin a personalized track of career counseling (for those who wish additional counseling on issues related to one’s career).
What are psychometric assessments?
Psychometric assessments are professional instruments used for the measurement of personality, skills, attitudes and knowledge and often involve questionnaires or inventories.
Why pay for psychometric assessments when there are similar-looking tests available online?
The instruments we use are not the same ones you find online. We use official instruments that have been researched and used for decades, that are based on extensive user databases, and that have proven reliability and validity standards. One example is the myriad of “Myers-Briggs” versions found online. The items are not the same as the genuine MBTI, which is only available through CPP (the publisher of the MBTI) and is the only one endorsed by the Myers and Briggs Foundation.
What is career counseling or coaching and what does it involve?
Career counseling or coaching is a process of understanding yourself and your particular career development issues. The nature and duration of the process will vary per individual. For some, simply taking one set of psychometric assessments and a follow-up workshop is enough. Others choose to extend the process to include several sessions of individual career counseling in order to discuss both career-related issues and other personal concerns.
Will career counseling and psychometric assessments tell me what careers and specific jobs I should pursue?
The goal of both career counseling and psychometric assessments is not to give you “the answer” about which job or career you should pursue, but to equip you with tools of self-understanding so that you can make informed decisions regarding your career.
When will I receive the results of my assessments?
You will only receive the results of your assessments on the day of either the group workshop or the individual counseling session. These are professional inventories and the results require the administration and orientation of a certified assessment counselor. We are bound by a code of ethics that does not permit us to simply email the results without an appropriate feedback and administration.
If I already know my MBTI verified type, is there a discounted fee if I do not take the MBTI online (and only take the Strong Interest Inventory)?
No, all our fees are offered already at reduced costs as a package.
More about Strong and MBTI*
For more than 60 years, the Strong (SII or Strong) and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) psychometric assessments have helped millions of people worldwide gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their career interests. They have been continually researched and revised to reflect the latest changes in the workplace.
Strong Interest Inventory
One of the most respected and widely used career development instruments in the world, the Strong helps you discover your true interests so you can better identify, understand and often expand your career options. The 291-item inventory takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
The Strong generates an in-depth assessment of your interests among a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities, and educational subjects. It reveals interest patterns and presents results on a variety of complementary themes and scales:
- General Occupational Themes map out broad interest patterns to describe personalities and preferred work environments. Your profile will include your unique theme code, corresponding with Holland’s RIASEC theory.
- Basic Interest Scales provide more specific information about your areas of interest, in accordance with your RIASEC theme set.
- Occupational Scales relate your interest patterns to those of satisfied workers within the occupation.
- Personal Style Scales describe your preferred style of working, learning, leading, risk-taking and team participation.
As with the MBTI, please note that although the Strong is comprehensive and personalized, its purpose is not to give you an exact list of occupations that are guaranteed, perfect matches for you. That is not what career counseling or these tools are intended to do. For example, even as specific as the Occupational Scales get, the primary purpose is to show how your scores compare to score patterns of those within specific occupations. The assessment as a whole is meant to enhance self-understanding and help give direction to your own unique career exploration process.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) instrument is a personality assessment questionnaire designed to make Jung’s ideas about psychological type useful in everyday life. It identifies a person’s four basic type preferences that combine into 1 of 16 different personality types. These results help you understand normal differences in the way people think, communicate and interact — differences that can be the source of much misunderstanding.
The MBTI instrument has been used for more than 50 years to establish greater understanding between individuals. It has been taken by millions of people and has been translated into more than 15 different languages for use around the world. It has been researched to show that the results it provides are reliable and valid and it is continually updated through ongoing research to improve its ability to meaningfully identify personality differences.
What do the letters associated with the MBTI instrument mean? The MBTI instrument has four sets of letters:
- E and I stand for Extraversion and Introversion, indicating whether you get energy from being around people or from time spent alone.
- S and N stand for Sensing and Intuition, indicating whether you become aware of specific facts and concrete details or prefer to focus on hunches and the big picture.
- T and F stand for Thinking and Feeling, indicating whether you tend to make decisions based on logical analysis and the principles involved or prefer to decide by considering your values and promoting harmony for the people involved.
- J and P stand for Judging and Perceiving, indicating whether you prefer your life to be planned and like it when things are decided or prefer to go with the flow and like keeping your options open.
Many individuals have used their understanding of their MBTI type to help them find satisfying jobs, choose academic majors, improve their effectiveness and satisfaction at work, and enhance their interactions and relationships with others.
The MBTI tool does not measure competencies in the way a math test can measure your math skills, for example. None of the MBTI questions are designed to determine how good you are at a particular task. However, a lot of research exists about what careers people of particular personality types tend to enter, as well as about what tasks each personality type tends to enjoy. INTPs and INTJs tend to like the theoretical work of science, for example, and ESFPs and ESFJs tend to enjoy tasks that involve helping others in concrete ways. Thus, the MBTI tool may give you insight into what you enjoy.
*Material is adapted from cpp.com and mbticomplete.com.
Other career resources
Redeemer has a number of ministries and resources that may be of help to you during a period of unemployment or as you look for a new job.
Center for Faith & Work: Networking within your industry
The Center for Faith & Work (CFW) has Vocational Intensives that are excellent places to meet people who are working in your current or intended field. There are opportunities to lead groups and meet dozens of new people as you serve or participate in these or one of CFW’s many other programs.
The Diaconate, Redeemer’s mercy ministry, assists church members and regular attenders with practical needs while supporting them spiritually. Depending on the circumstances, the Diaconate may provide emotional, physical or financial support. Please call the Diaconate Helpline at 212-726-1334 with your need and the deacon or deaconess on call will get back to you. Learn more about getting Diaconate care.
Job search skills enhancement
Join Redeemer Diaconate’s Job Search Ministry and sharpen your skills at creating your story, interviewing, writing your resume and networking in a supportive group environment.
Gospel and Stewardship Workshops
Redeemer offers two workshops on budgeting and debt-reduction:
- Budgeting from a Biblical Perspective: A Saturday workshop that explores biblical principles of money management.
- Debt Reduction Workshop: An evening workshop that provides you with a long-term plan for getting out and staying out of debt.
We were created to find and refine our callings in the context of community. Join a Community Group to find prayer and support during your job search.