Sunday, September 15, 2013

{Crew Review} Trying to Answer the Age Old Question: “What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?”

 

I’ve passed on my I-love-personal-inventories gene to my Ben. 

I realized it this summer when we had the opportunity to review a PeopleKeys career test called the DISC Career Style Report ($32, ages 13- adult).  “Ben, you are going to love this,” I said to him, “as long as it doesn’t tell you that you you would be good at anything.” 

Go with your first thought,”  I told him. “Don’t overthink your answers.” And, indeed, he did love taking the test. 

PeopleKeys uses the DISC personality profile to explain personality traits and give people insight into their abilities, interests and values. 

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You can learn about the Dominant, Influential, Steady, and Conscientious from the PeopleKeys website.

After taking a short DISC “Lite” assessment (approximately 15 questions), the  combination of DISC strengths reveals your workplace style.

How We Used This Product: This assessment, completed online, was very quick.  Within 15 minutes, Ben had completed his assessment and the results arrived in my mailbox.  I was able to click a link from which I printed his report (and thankfully enough, the link continues to work and I can re-open his report often.)

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Ben’s 8 page report consisted of the following:

  1. Cover page with his “style” indicated – pretty self explanatory
  2. Description: Understanding Your Style –  This is the meat of your assessment.  The test taker’s career style is explained in detail.  General Characteristics, Motivations, Idea Work Environments, and details about perceptions and strengths and weaknesses are explained.
  3. Workplace: Your Professional StyleThis section of the report focuses in more detail on the way the test taker’s style will fit within a work environment.
  4. Workplace: Tips For Your Professional Style –Here the test taker will read tips to help them work even better with people and in situations.  No matter where God places us, there is always room for personal improvement. 
  5. Career Match: Best Match & 6. Career Match: Close Match  - I’m not sure if Ben received ‘Best Match’ and ‘Close Match’ because he scored so closely on both the “S” and “I” profiles of the test, but he did seem more interested in the “S” career choices than the “I” ones.
  6. Scoring Data: graph page with a small DISC “Lite” graph
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    This is the graph from which the results are derived.  Unfortunately, all that was on this page was the graph – no explanation!
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Ben was tickled pink to see so many of his most-desired future occupations on his Best Match list:

 

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You can see (if you enlarge the picture) that I encouraged him to find several occupations that he thought were awesome and several that he was curious about.  “What if I don’t know what the career is?”  He asked. 

Well, if it sounds interesting, mark it down as something to explore,” I encouraged him.

Our plan is to discuss these career possibilities in more depth this year and look at what the education and college requirements are for these careers (and others that Ben might discover has he is researching).

Our Experience Using the Test:  As much as I loved Ben having the opportunity to take the assessment, I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed with the results we received.  Ben’s report was only 8 pages long, and did not reflect the same types of pages that are shown as samples on the webpage for the DISC Career assessment.  I’m one who likes to understand a bit of the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind results, and I really felt at a loss with how Ben’s career style was assessed.  The last page, the DISC ‘Lite’ assessment results, apparently provides the information from which his career style is derived.  However, there was no information within the report to understand the graph or it’s meaning.  

I did find that customer service was very responsive in directing me to online resources to help explain some of Ben’s results better.  For that I’m grateful.  However, I do think that sufficient information should be on the report so that a parent can read the report and help the student make sense of it all. 

I will say that when Ben and I read through his Advocate style, there were many things than rang true from Ben’s perspective and my own.  So in that sense, I think that the DISC assessment was quite accurate (it wasn’t perfect, of course, but I would not expect it to be).  I do this tool could be better if more thorough explanations were given (I can’t be the only person who likes to know all the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’…right?).

Crew Members had the opportunity to review many of PeopleKey’s products.  Click to read more reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew .

 

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