Module C2 – Career Assessment & Information

Module C2 – Career Assessment & Information

Module C2 relates directly to the European Competence Standards, which are formulated for Career Advisors, Career Professionals, and Career Specialists in the competence domain of Career Assessment & Information.

Cognitive Resources (Knowledge)

  •  Social and communication theories and principles: procedures for optimising media, information systems, and personal forms of information giving
  • Testing, assessment and diagnosis theories and approaches (qualitative and quantitative assessment devices for: resources, social environment, interests, needs, strengths etc.)
  • Resource and problem diagnostics for specific target groups (e.g. people with disabilities, women, migrants, children etc.); understanding of the specific situations of such target groups and approaches to dealing with them (including cultural, educational, languagerelated and other barriers); knowledge of specific information systems for different target groups
  • Computer-assisted and internet based Career Assessment & Information
  • Concepts for linking assessment instruments with placement activities (e.g. outplacement, support in job search processes, finding a suitable education for clients)

Affective Resources (Attitudes, Values, Motivations)

  • Motivation to support clients in making career decisions autonomously and in a well-informed manner
  • Motivation to support clients in dealing with lack of information and information overload
  • Concern for applying theoretically based and empirically validated approaches for Career Assessment & Information
  • Sensitivity to use the data derived from assessment appropriately, according to the situation, to the benefit of the client and in a transparent way
  • Awareness of the need to protect clients’ data from abuse
  • Motivation to critically discuss the reliability and validity of testing/ assessment methods as well as other career-related information with clients
  • Motivation to support clients in interpreting results of assessments/ tests and other relevant information in an adequate way
  • Willingness to control own biases in Career Information & Assessment activities with clients from altering backgrounds (e.g. ethical, cultural, gender-related)

Behavioural Resources (Skills, Techniques)

  • Selecting information and assessment strategies according to different concerns, traits, involvements, social-economic backgrounds of clients, and taking organisational conditions/
    limitations into regard
  • Employing different ICT-tools for career information & assessment (e.g. internet-based personality tests)
  • Practical validation of informal competences and informal/non-formal learning
  • Using group techniques for Career Information & Assessment (e.g. partner interviews)

Methods of Teaching and Learning (Good Practice Examples)

  • Analysis and discussion of real Career Assessment & Information sessions (video, report)
  • Self-application and exercises with assessment techniques, diagnostic instruments and ICT programmes
  • Role-playing of assessments with fellow students
  • Construction/ adaptation of assessment techniques/
    approaches for specific target groups
  • Comparing different types of data banks/ information
    management systems with each other
  • Using an instrument to validate competences with
    clients in a longer CGC project

Methods of Assessment (Good Practice Examples)

  • Presenting the results of an analysis of a real Career Assessment & Information session (video, report)
  • Role-playing a Career Assessment & Information session under supervision
  • Evaluating Career Assessment & Information services as a client
  • Analysing questionnaires/ assessment approaches based on relevant theories