Career Assessment & Planning

 Life is an Epic Journey

We often expect our careers to unfold like a direct flight: select your destination, invest some time and money, and you'll arrive at the approximate landing time.  Life doesn't often work this way, however, and it's important to remember that the most memorable voyages are the ones that offer surprises along the way.

 



 
Perhaps you are:
 
  • feeling directionless,
  • unhappy with your current job,
  • wondering if you are in the right career, or
  • struggling to integrate your work and your life.

 

If any of these statements sound familiar, remember: great careers rarely unfold like a direct flight. Indeed, it’s the unplanned detours and unexpected characters you meet that will make your career's journey worth remembering.

 

 


Career Assessment and a Flexible Plan Can Help

We lead clients through discovery processes that are useful in career changes, job transitions, leadership development, and performance enhancement. Analyzing your work history can reveal patterns of achievement, satisfaction, and discontent, and by discussing the challenges you face today, you can accelerate your progress towards a successful future.

Figuring out how to choose among imperfect but useful options helps you apply what you’ve learned to keep your career moving forward. All career assessment engagements will include a review of the following four components of career satisfaction: values, interests, motivated skills, and style.


We Employ the Following Tools to Facilitate your Exploration:

MBTI© Steps I & II

Strong Interest Inventory

Kerwin Values Survey

Dr. Mark Savickas’ Career Construction Interview

Appreciative Inquiry

LinkedIn

O*Net

Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, and

Dr. John Krumboltz’s Career Happenstance Theory.

 

A healthy grasp on reality is also essential when creating successful career strategies, which is why our work on career visions concludes with the creation of a personal career choices scorecard. Inspired by author Kate Wendleton, the scorecard helps clients systematically analyze and evaluate career options against their personalized criteria.

 


Career Assessment and Planning Services

All of JWJ Consulting's coaching services are tailored to the unique needs of each individual. 

Career Identity
& Exploration

Clients explore their values, interests, motivated skills, and style using a combination of assessment tools and narrative activities. After creating a personal vision, assessment results are summarized on a career choices scorecard for use in decision making. Career research resources are provided, along with training on how to conduct informational interviews.

Typical timing:
4-8 meetings

Career Research
& Transition Planning

Clients who are ready for this service usually began working with us on Career Identify and Exploration, or have already engaged in self-assessment exercises and created a career vision. Clients work to define and segment their industries of interest, establish a target market transition framework for a job search or other transition, and create customized verbal value propositions for each market. Coaching is provided through the research, informational interview, target market, and value proposition processes.

Typical timing:
1-3 meetings

 

Adapting to your
New Career

Some clients will continue working with a coach occasionally after landing their first position in a new career. Clients set the agenda and meet on an infrequent but regular basis. Typical topics of discussion include starting your new job, understanding organizational culture, redefining parameters for success, building relationships for mutual success, handling conflict, performance review preparation, and navigating internally.

Typical timing:
monthly or quarterly

These services are available for clients interested in career exploration and are often combined

Each client will receive a customized proposal based upon an initial, exploratory discussion.

 All clients receive full access to our exclusive Career Resources Library.