New Updates to Career Test Help People Make a Successful Career Change, from Career Guidance Leader Career Key

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New updates to Career Key's valid career test incorporate a science-based decision-making process to help people successfully navigate a career change.

How to make a successful career change using a career test and decision making process.

Making a good decision about a successful career change

According to a 2013 Conference Board report, less than half of U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs.

Deciding how to make a career change can be stressful. Career guidance leader Career Key,, has updated its valid career test to incorporate a science-based decision-making process to help alleviate that stress and help people make a successful career change.

According to a 2013 Conference Board report, less than half of U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs. Sometimes people are dissatisfied with a particular job, sometimes with their choice of career. When making a career change in today’s economy, financial considerations and fears of making a mistake often make decision making stressful and difficult.

To help people match their personality to careers and make good, confident choices, nationally recognized counseling psychologist Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC updated Career Key's valid career test to incorporate a decision making process using the best science and practices of career counseling.

Based on John Holland’s theory of career choice, The Career Key test is a scientifically valid measure of Holland’s six personality types or Holland codes: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. During this 10-15 minute test, users are matched to careers and education programs that match their personality. Research shows a close match between one’s Holland personality and career and education choices leads to greater job satisfaction and success.

Test takers also get accurate, up to date information about each matching career or education program they choose to explore further. Career information includes job descriptions, salary, job outlook and required training. Education information includes a description of programs of study and college majors, with non-commercial links to find schools that offer that program.

In the new update, once the test is complete, users learn about the ACIP four-step decision-making process. It is based on the groundbreaking work of scientists Janis and Mann. The four steps are: (1) Alternatives, (2) Consequences, (3) Information, and (4) Plans. A complimentary decision balance sheet download helps people evaluate each option thoroughly. Especially helpful is the identification of and preparation for any negative consequences from one’s choice.

Understanding how one’s Holland personality relates to job satisfaction and the world of work makes it easier to narrow promising career options. In making a career change, people not only choose a new career but also must take action to implement that decision. The new combination of the Career Key test with the ACIP decision-making process help career changers successfully navigate and complete this important transition.

About The Career Key
Ad and registration free, The Career Key test and self-help website helps youth and adults choose careers and college majors using the best science and practices of career counseling. Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, the counseling psychologist who developed Career Key, is a National Certified Counselor and Professor Emeritus at N.C. State University.

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