Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Taber, B. J. 2010. Vocational Testing. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The purpose of vocational testing lies in the premise that the selection of an occupation requires the clarification of one's self-concept and its implementation in the world of work (Super, 1951). This basic premise has its roots in the foundation of career counseling that was laid down a century ago. Frank Parsons's (1909) landmark work, Choosing a Vocation, outlined a model for effective vocational guidance that continues to be a mainstay of modern career counseling. In making a wise vocational choice, Parsons stated that there are three factors that need to be considered:
(1) a clear understanding of yourself, your aptitudes, abilities, interests, ambitions, resources, limitations, and their causes; (2) a knowledge of the requirements and conditions of success, advantages and disadvantages, compensation, opportunities and prospects in different lines of work; (3) true reasoning on the relations of these two groups of facts.
(Parsons, 1909, p. 5)
- occupational interests;
- work values;
- vocational assessment