The History of Interest Inventories and Career Assessments in Career Counseling
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2013
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The Career Development Quarterly
Volume 61, Issue 1, pages 83–92, March 2013
How to Cite
Harrington, T. and Long, J. (2013), The History of Interest Inventories and Career Assessments in Career Counseling. The Career Development Quarterly, 61: 83–92. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2013.00039.x
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2013
- Received 07/31/12; Revised 08/26/12; Accepted 08/26/12
- interest inventories;
- career assessment;
- career counseling;
- vocational goal
Interest inventories and career assessments continue to be used to support practitioners as they work to uncover client interests, abilities, skills, motivations, values, and other personal factors that help individuals self-define and construct their career. The skilled use of career inventories and assessments remains a minimum competency of career service providers' ability to successfully partner with their clients. A history of the evolution of assessment from 1914 through 1974 and considerations for the future of assessment are highlighted to provide historical perspective to inform practitioners as they serve the diverse needs of complex client populations.