This brief paper provides a series of self-assessments utilizing the Strong Interest Inventory and SSI Method.
This paper reviews two separate assessments. The first utilizes the results of the Strong Interest Inventory, based on Holland’s six types of personalities as it pertains to career choice (Sharf, 2006). The second assessment focuses on utilizes “The SSI Method of Assessment” (Author, 2015). This methods requires an individual to a self-examination from three perspectives: (1) personal strengths, (2) areas of improvement, and (3) insight and self-understanding (Author, 2015).
Strong Interest Inventory
According to the results of a Strong Interest Inventory, I display interests in two broad occupational areas: the artistic theme and social theme (Prince, 2015). My STD score for the artistic theme is 64 and 54 for the social theme (Prince, 2015). The results of my Strong Interest Inventory describe these levels of interest as high and moderate respectively (Prince, 2015). Additionally, I display little interest in the realistic, enterprising, and conventional occupational themes with STD scores ranging from 34-39. (Prince, 2015). Finally the Investigative Theme sits in the mid-range between these extremes with a STD score of 40.
Overview of Artistic Theme
Sharf, (2006) describes the artistic personality as “creative communicators” (Prince, 2015) who prefer a free and unstructured atmosphere. The artistic environment is ideal for this temperament since it encourages self-expression and creativity (Sharf, 2006). The results of my Strong Interest Inventory add that work activities common in the artist field include music, writing, performance and the visual arts (Prince, 2015). The strongest basic interest areas within this Artistic Theme, according to my results include “Visual Arts and Design” (Prince, 2015) with an STD score of 68. The area of “Writing and Mass Communication” (Prince, 2015) follows this basic interest area with an STD score of 63. As strong as this personal interest area is, I’ve always made time for creative pursuits. However have preferred not to focus on this area as a career, since I prefer it to exist as a free form of self-expression.
Overview of Social Theme
According to the results of my Strong Interest Inventory, the Social Personality is described as “Empathetic Helpers” (Prince, 2015). They are interest in helping others through teaching and other personal services. The Social Theme Environment encourages the values of kindness, generosity, and friendship and social responsibility (Sharf, 2006). It’s interesting to note that my current profession as a C.N.A. is classified within this profession. Additionally, my future career aspirations as a Mental Health Counselor fall within this category.
Interestingly, I find little personal interest for those occupational areas listed at the top of the Strong Interest Inventory. Surprisingly, this inventory provided the following suggestions: Librarian, Photographer, Technical Writer, Art Teacher, Musician, Translator, Mental Health Counselor, Speech Pathologist, Artist, and Reporter (Prince, 2015). On the one hand, I have no interest in being a technical writer, translator, speech pathologist, photographer, or librarian. At the same time, I do consider myself an amateur artist who is working towards a career as a mental health counselor.
Personal Style Scales
While my work style involves a balance combination of both independent and collaborative work (Prince, 2015). I enjoy research and reading as an effort that involves learning for its own sake (Prince, 2015). My leadership style involves developing personal expertise in the context of my work rather than direction (Prince, 2015). Finally, my risk taking and team orientation are skewed towards caution and independence respectively (Prince, 2015).
SSI Method of Assessment
This section of the paper utilizes the SSI Method of Assessment, which focuses on three key areas: Personal Strengths, Areas of Improvement, and Insights (Author, 2015). I utilize these three key areas to provide a personal career counseling assessment that can help me as I progress toward a career in Mental Health Counseling.
Career Counseling requires several key strengths, including empathy, self –care, and the ability to apply theories in the form of clinical judgment. This clinical judgment, in my opinion, involves applying insights from these theories in a way that merges objective standards with subjective understanding. I feel my strengths in this area involve an orientation toward empathic engagement with others and a priority towards self-care. As a C.N.A. and Psychiatric tech, the marriage of these two strengths is essential if I desire to give the best to others. Finally, as I progress towards LMHP licensure, I work to apply the insights gained through coursework.
Areas of Improvement
I can continue to improve my skills and knowledge by working to apply what I learn throughout my personal and professional life. As a mother and healthcare worker, I spend the majority of my time caring for others. This provides many opportunities to apply the insights learned from others. Foremost amongst these is the need of self-care in order to prevent compassion fatigue.
I’ve learned that I give to others on the basis of who I am as a person. For this reason, the insights gained from the assessments utilized in this paper are useful from the standpoint of personal development. As a person who aspires to a career as a mental health counselor, it is my hope to engage in this learning process as one of personal development. This involves improving my level of self-care and understanding.
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