Topic 7: Assessment in Career Counseling {by 10/28}

Based on the text reading and lecture recording due this week consider the following two discussion points: (1) Explain why it is important to assess interests, abilities/skills, and values altogether when engaged in career counseling (i.e., why is one domain not enough?). (2) Discuss the importance of relational influence in career assessment.

 

(Prepare for Class) – Complete the OQ-45 and the Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire for the beginning of class (please remember to come prepared with a few questions/observations).  You will notice the following assessments for this class: (1) Strong Interest Inventory (not to be completed – please review the document before class), (2) Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and (3) Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS).  (The PCL-5 will be for homework for the next class – 11/4.). You do not have to complete the BAI or PDSS before class, but you can if you want.  In class, we will complete these assessments and discuss them based on the Assessment Review Reflection Questions.

 

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  1. Alexis Grey
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 09:48:34

    It is important to assess a range of personal factors and skills if you are doing career counseling to ensure that you and the client are able to find a path which fits not only their abilities, but also allows room for growth and personal fulfillment. Interest inventories and measures are helpful in establishing what areas or industries a person may feel motivated in and succeed in. Likewise, it is important to assess anilities and skills are evaluated to determine if an individual would be successful. This can include skills already mastered as well as aptitude tests to predict success. A client’s values should be identified so that decisions about career can be aligned with their core beliefs and allow them to be doing work that supports and does not conflict with their value system. A person who is doing work which goes against their values will inevitably feel very unhappy in their day to day, so assessing values is really important. Like other aspects of psychology, in career counseling it is important to take the person as a whole and consider as much information as possible rather than looking at one or a few things. Most of a person’s life is spent working and so career counseling has the potential to have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life, happiness, and sense of self / sense of fulfillment. Counselors should use a variety of quantitative and qualitative measures.

    Relational influence is important in career counseling because what you do for work, where you work etc, have a huge impact on a person’s relationships and vice versa. Humans are social animals as we know and so our social structure is a part of work. According to the book many of the social issues we apply to our relationships also apply to career choices. This can include social and cultural influences. A person’s culture can play a huge part in what jobs they deem to be respectable or not, rewarding or not. It can be helpful to look as a person’s relationships and interpersonal style and values when assisting them in career counseling. Reading this made sense to me, we spend 40+ hours a week at work. It should be a match for us based not just on ability but also be socially rewarding, fulfilling if possible, and generate enough income so we can live comfortably. It’s often said that you spend more time with your coworkers than family and for many that is certainly true. Work should be as positive an experience as possible for folks since it is such a huge section of our time on earth. Dissatisfaction with work / career can be a contributing factor in the development of unhappiness, and even mental disorders such as depression.

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    • Victoria Cestodio
      Oct 25, 2021 @ 14:57:30

      Alexis,
      I really like how you discussed that someone’s job going against their core beliefs will most likely cause them to be very unhappy within their career. This could also lead to mental health issues such as depression like you mentioned. I think career counseling is very important and like you said, it is a huge part of their life. Until you are able to retire your life will most likely be centered around work, and those with poor work environments can suffer from distress and unhappiness.

      When you talk about relational influence I also agree that the topic of culture is crucial. A person’s culture can play a huge role on what they think a career should be, and how it will suit them within their culture. Some people’s culture is highly important to them and with these individuals I think in counseling we should focus on their culture a significant amount.

      Great post!

      Victoria

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    • Bekah Riley
      Oct 25, 2021 @ 18:00:40

      Hi Alexis,

      I thought your post was great this week! I really liked how you included that in considering the client’s interests, abilities, and values in career counseling, the client is able to find a career that allows room for growth and personal fulfillment. Both of these aspects are very important in a career. I also really liked how you emphasized the importance of looking at the client as a whole, including all client factors.

      I also included that humans are driven by their social interactions or as you said we are “social animals”. That is an important reason why relational influence is so prominent in choosing a career path!

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    • Will Roche
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 10:32:47

      Alexis,

      You make some great points with relational influence on career searching. I like how you noted that biologically humans are social animals, and therefore many of the decisions we make have social aspects in mind. Whether it’s what we do for fun, go to school, and professions we choose, there is some underlying social influences that determine our choices. Furthermore, you note how much of our lives is consumed by working, so it’s evident that choosing a profession that suits not only us, but those in our circle of close relationships is important. Overall, you made great points on why relational influence is important and how it impacts us and those around us.

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  2. Victoria Cestodio
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 14:49:38

    It is important to assess interests, abilities/skills, and values altogether for many reasons, and focusing just on one may not lead to the best outcome for the client. If we are assessing our clients interest, and they say for example I am interested in becoming a doctor that is a great start. However, now we have to look into whether they have the ability to become a doctor and the skills. Just like Dr. V said in the lecture, if someone has an interest in going to med school, but then they realize they need higher than a 2.0 to get in, unfortunately they do not have the ability or skills to get in. Interest only gets you so far. Values are more highly significant than interests, because at the end of the day you can have interest in something but if it does not match your own values and morals it will not serve you well in the long term. Assessing one over another would not be helpful at all in counseling, integrating all of these can help narrow down what is most important to the client.

    There is a lot of importance when it comes to relational influence in career assessment. A person’s career can easily start to become a huge chunk of their life considering most people work the average 9-5, 5 days a week. A person’s career can easily start to affect their relationships with family, significant others, etc. I really liked Dr. V’s example in the lecture. After leaving Indiana and looking for teaching jobs he had to consider his wife and jobs she would be able to have where they would move. Culturally for her in Indiana she didn’t feel as though she fit in, therefore Dr. V had to consider the relationship first, and then put work second. The main point to get across I feel is, if a career is going to end up putting more strain on your relationships, would it really be worth it for the individual? Probably not. Just like the law student Dr. V mentioned, it was already causing strains in relationships. A great question to ask before getting into a career: what kind of relational influence will this career have?

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    • Bekah Riley
      Oct 25, 2021 @ 18:07:40

      Hi Victoria,

      I really enjoyed reading your post this week! I thought your example of how an individual’s interests may not align with some of their abilities/skills in certain career paths. Although someone may be really interested in going into the medical field, that particular field is very competitive and requires a high GPA that not everyone is able to obtain.

      I liked how you included that a person’s career may take up a good chunk or even the majority of their time. In spending this much time and effort in a career, it has an effect on the individual’s relationships outside of that career. In addition, like you mentioned, an individuals relationships may also be a driving factor when choosing a career.

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    • Vanessa Nichols
      Oct 26, 2021 @ 13:02:39

      Hi Victoria,
      I really like your post and thought it was extremely helpful that you referenced the lecture for examples. It makes a lot of sense that one domain alone is not enough to give us a clear picture. This is true for regular counseling too. We wouldn’t just go up with a treatment plan that only works for one problem domain or only plays to one strength of the client. This would lead to more negative outcomes. I think the medical field is an excellent example because interest alone is not enough to make a good doctor. You have to have the intelligence and the skill level to be a doctor.
      I think you explained relational influence very well. Your examples cleared it up for me. Your statement that if it strains your relationship, it wouldn’t really be worth it was very impactful. Our careers are not the only important thing in our lives, but they interact with all our other essential life domains. So it is vital to consider the person whole life and relationship when choosing a career.

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    • Tressa Novack
      Oct 29, 2021 @ 13:53:43

      Hi Victoria,
      You make really great points about interest and ability, and values in choosing a career. You are right in saying that if a job does not match someone’s values or morals, the career will not serve them well in the long run. Being in a career that does not align with someone’s values could lead to someone being very miserable in their job, which could potentially spill over into other areas of their life. I also agree that a person’s career can affect the significant relationships in their life, because work does take up such a huge part of someone’s time. It is very necessary for those with families and significant others to think about what impact their job will have on those important to them. It is unfortunate when jobs cause unnecessary strain in relationships and career counselors should look to help their client’s avoid that as much as possible.
      Tressa

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    • Olgena
      Oct 30, 2021 @ 15:18:23

      Hi Victoria,
      I enjoyed reading your post where you highlighted the importance that to achieve a successful carrier there are other important components beside an individual interests. For example an individual might wish to become an FBI agent just because he is passionate with action movies. However, if he lacks the psychological and physicals requirements, his/her interest becomes unrealistic. Furthermore, you made a great point giving importance to other important aspects, such as family commitments, relationships etc. that could sometime favor or limit the opportunities of an individual carrier choices. For examples, for a single parent would be much more difficult to achieve and follow her professional interests compare to someone who has full support by his/her spouse. Thank you!
      🙂

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  3. Bekah Riley
    Oct 25, 2021 @ 17:52:40

    When engaged in career counseling, it is important to assess multiple aspects of the client. These may include the client’s interests, their abilities/skills, and their values. If the client’s interests, abilities and values are not all assessed, it may lead to a negative outcome in career counseling. The client’s interests help to determine different occupations that may relate to what the client enjoys. However, a client may be interested in a certain field, but not have the abilities or skill set to go into that particular field. For example, the client’s interests may align with a career in nursing, but if the client does not have the grades or level of skill it takes to either get into or complete a nursing program, the client will not be able to go into that field. Another important client factor to consider in career counseling is the client’s values. As mentioned in the textbook, a client’s values are even more highly correlated with their work satisfaction then their interests. If a client’s values or core beliefs do not align with those within a certain career path, then the client outcome may not be positive. An example of this may be that a client does not believe that vaccines should be administered. A career in the medical field may not suit this client well due to the demand in administering vaccines to children and adults. Overall, if the client does not have all three aspects (interests, abilities/skills and values) when starting a career, the outcome for that client in that career will more likely than not be negative.

    Relational influence in career assessment is both significant and important. Humans as a whole are driven by their social interactions and relationships with others. The relationships an individual has is most likely a crucial part of that person’s life. On the other hand, a career path may also be a crucial part of an individuals’ life and often times a person’s career takes up a large portion of their time. However, relational influence may have an effect on one’s career path and vise versa. A real life example that I thought of would be my sister and her significant other. They were both working in public accounting, but my sister recently got a new job at a private company as an accountant. She made this choice because the hours of public accounting put a strain on both the amount of time they can spend together and the potential of starting a family. On the other hand, an individual may choose a certain career path because of the social aspect. In this case, the individual may be able to form strong relationships within their career.

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    • Victoria Cestodio
      Oct 26, 2021 @ 11:47:40

      Bekah,
      I really like your example when it comes to values, and I think it gives a good understanding on why values are important to assess in career counseling. If someone does not believe in vaccines, a job in the medical field will most likely conflict a lot, and may lead to the person becoming very frustrated and unhappy with their job.

      Also, I loved your example of relational influence! It sort of reminded me of my example. I said that Dr. V shared in lecture. I think your example shows how careers may need to shift when you are starting a new journey, like starting a family. The job at the time would not have suited her when raising a family therefore she needed to shift her career path.

      Victoria

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    • Vanessa Nichols
      Oct 26, 2021 @ 12:32:33

      Hi Bekah,
      I liked your post and thought it gave me a lot of clarity on some areas I was confused about.
      I thought your first paragraph clearly discussed the topic of an interconnected approach. I agree with your example that interest alone or skill alone is not enough. I believe the medical field was a great example because the idea of having a nurse or doctor that does not have the skill level or interest to be there is super scary. I really liked how you explained values because I think this is one of the more essential aspects. Having a job that doesn’t align with your values can be determinantal for your mental health.
      I was, for some reason struggling to understand relational influence in like general context, but your post really cleared this up for me. I thought your example of your sister and her significant other was a great real-life example.

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    • Lauren Pereira
      Oct 26, 2021 @ 17:25:51

      Bekah,
      I really enjoyed your comments on career counseling and relational influences! What stuck out to me was that you mentioned how a client may be interested in a certain field, but might not have the skill set for it. This is important because you do not want to set your client up for failure, as this also determines their quality of life. Being able to assess clients abilities, skills, interests, and values, will better determine what is the best for them and for their future.
      I also agree that humans can be driven by their social interactions. People that they surround themselves with can be a positive influence on them and their choices. The relationships we build with people not only affect us as individuals, but may also affect beliefs and interests. Working with people who have similar interests and skills is likely to happen when you find the right career path.

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    • Mary Altomare
      Oct 26, 2021 @ 17:40:11

      Hey Bekah,

      I really enjoyed your reading your post this week! I thought your example of values pertaining to the medical field was very relevant and made complete sense. As you explained, it is important for a clinician to assess and examine for all three domains in order to assist the client in making a career choice that best suits them. Assessing the client’s interest is great start, but understanding the client’s values and their abilities/skills will be imperative to their job success and fulfillment.
      Also, I really liked your personal example of the importance of assessing for relational influence. My sister and her husband are thinking about starting a family as well and are in the midst of figuring out their job situation to be able to have time for another and start a family of their own. Understanding the client’s relationships, their support, personal and career goals is very important to assess in order to assist the client in choosing a career.

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    • Tom Mandozzi
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 22:37:15

      Hi Bekah,

      I found your example really helpful in grasping the importance of assessing interests, abilities and skills, and values in career counseling. If a client is interested in nursing, having good grades would be important to demonstrate a level of skill and ability. The vaccine example was helpful too. A career in the medical field might not best support career success for a client that does not believe in vaccines if there is a demand for administering such vaccines. Similarly, a client that does not believe counseling is helpful or important would not succeed in a counseling career. Regardless of skills and abilities, the job might not match the client’s values and ultimately won’t support career success. Great examples and insight!

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    • Kelsey McGinness
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 11:18:40

      Bekah, I like how you mentioned the importance of social and relationship influence in career path. Your example of your sister choosing one agency type over another due to time restraint in personal life and relationships can definitely influence which career and employer an individual goes towards. Great points!

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  4. Vanessa Nichols
    Oct 26, 2021 @ 12:13:33

    It is essential to examine interests, abilities/skills, and values altogether to get a clear and accurate picture of an occupation where the client will be successful and happy. One domain is not enough because careers are multidimensional. Not only is your interest in the career essential, but making sure you have the skills or abilities to do the job correctly is also essential, and finding a job that matches your morals and life values. If you gain a job just because of interest and have no skills to back it up, the job would eventually become determinantal to the happiness and success of the client. For example, if you have always been interested in the ocean, but you get super seasick, can’t swim, and hate biology, specific jobs involving the ocean or wildlife would not fit you. The opposite can be true; if you are super skilled in math, but the idea of being an accountant bores the life out of you, then that’s not the right fit either. Values are interesting because they are vital for clients to live their lives in unity, yet values are often neglected. Values are essential regarding decision-making and lifetime goals. Ignoring values can lead to incongruence between beliefs and actions. This incongruence can lead to dissatisfaction. Just like in regular counseling, you can’t focus on one strength or weakness of the client and ignore all the other information they give you; that would hurt their treatment outcome.

    It is crucial to examine the relational influence in career assessment because work and interpersonal relations are interconnected. Work is a massive part of people’s lives, especially in the US, where most people regularly spend more time at work than with their families. It is extremely important to consider a client’s personal goals, such as having a family, being a good parent, being there for their children, and career goals. If you have an extremely family-oriented client, but you lead them to a job with a 60-hour workweek that requires weekends, you are setting them up to fail in some aspect of their life. There are other important aspects to life than work, and one of those is our relationships with other people. Making sure your job works for you and the people important to you is vital for the success and happiness of the client.

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    • Lauren Pereira
      Oct 26, 2021 @ 17:16:34

      Vanessa,
      I enjoyed reading your post this week! You gave great reasonings and examples on the essentials for career counseling and how it is useful. I really like how you described that one domain is not enough because careers are multidimensional. This is very true because you should be able to determine various interests and skills within a career in order to make it stand out. If we use only one domain, there will still be a great variety of jobs to look into even though a lot of those will not fit the individual’s interests, abilities, and values. Having one variable but not another will most likely set a client up for failure because they could run into a career path that does not fit them or their lifestyle.
      I also agree that work and interpersonal relations are connected. You must consider all aspects of your life in order to find a good fit. Your family-oriented example really gave me a new visual of relational influences as it can be seen in many different ways. Using all of these skills, it is important to find the right career path in order for the client’s quality of life to be successful and positive in all aspects.

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    • Emily Barefield
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 22:03:47

      Hi Vanessa,

      You did a great job highlighting that careers, like the clients themselves, are multidimensional, and all aspects must be taken into account in order for the client to be successful and happy. I enjoyed the examples you gave- they were memorable and helpful for communicating your point. I also appreciate that you highlighted that incongruence in a person’s career can cause them to be discontent.

      I also appreciate you highlighting how much of our lives that work consumes. Not only should this lead us to ensure the client is satisfied in their jobs, it should lead us to help the client consider how the time demands of jobs impact their life goals more generally. Great post!

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    • Tom Mandozzi
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 22:26:44

      Hi Vanessa,

      I really liked your example about the 60-hour work week for a client that is family oriented. That is such a great point! Regardless of a client’s interests or skills and abilities in a field, being overworked and not having time to spend with family members or children will have a negative impact on career success and success as
      a whole. This will likely impact many other areas in the client’s life beyond career, including family relationships, mood, communication with others, self-care, etc. This highlights the importance of assessing values, skills/abilities, and interests instead of just one of these aspects. Great example here!

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    • Olgena
      Oct 30, 2021 @ 15:40:55

      Hello Vanessa,

      Great post, I think that you made a wonderful point where you described the
      importance of the abilities one must have to professionally serve to others on a specific field he/she choses. It is important to explain to clients that beside our interests might have a broader range, our skills and talents adopt more to other fields. I agree with you, where you state that a job where you have interests, but not the right skills, could also become an obstacle toward an individual psychological wellbeing, self -esteem perception, and happiness. As you mentioned it is very important to find balance between your interests , skills, and values, in order to find/work in a profession that fulfill your wishes and also you are proficient as well..

      Thank you!

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  5. Mary Altomare
    Oct 26, 2021 @ 13:58:51

    Throughout the semester, we have learned that assessment play an imperative role in counseling, specifically providing quality and effective treatment. When engaged in career counseling it is important to assess interests, abilities/skills, and values altogether in order to assist our clients with choosing a career that is best suited for them. For starters, it’s important for the clinician to assess the client’s interest. The two ways to assess interest is by using measures of expressed or manifest interest. The clinician can explore expressed interest by asking the client about their interest, or manifest interest where the clinician can examine where the client spends majority of their free time. Clinicians can utilize various interest inventories to connect client’s interest to career occupations, however interest alone cannot guarantee the client’s occupational success in that given field. Therefore, it is important for the clinician to assess the client’s abilities/skills and values as well. As Dr. V explained in his lecture, a client may express a strong interest in a particular job, may not have the skills or abilities to attain those skills to do that particular job. In addition, the client may show interest in a particular profession, are not fully aware of what that professor actually entails. An example that comes to mind is when I wanted to become a hair dresser. Luckily for me I was able to shadow at my hair salon for one day, and long story short I got a glimpse of what their day entailed and I absolutely wanted no part of that career. On the surface, being a hair dresser seems like a pretty awesome job, but the thought of giving someone a haircut they absolutely despised was too stressful for me. Lastly, assessing a client’s values is also important in career counseling. In order for an individual to be happy in their job, the company and people they work with and for should share their core values. Obviously no work environment is perfect, but working with people who share in similar values makes the job more enjoyable, meaningful and fulfilling.

    It is very important to assess for relational influence in career assessment because work and relationships are both equally important in an individual’s quality of life. Majority of our time is spent working, so the type of work we do, and the environment we work in, should be meaningful and rewarding. However, relationships also play a significant role in the quality of our lives. Therefore, both work and relationships influence and impact one another simultanesously. As Dr. V expressed in his lecture it is important to assess what kind of impact a particular career path will have on an individual’s life. For example if an individual wants to completely change career paths and go back to school, but also has a family to provide for, is it even possible to do so? Also, what kind of impact/strain would it have on their relationship if they were married? There is so many factors that should be taken into account when assessing for career counseling and it is imperative to assess for all these factors in order an individual to have fulfillment, ability/skills and support necessary to be successful.

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    • Kelsey McGinness
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 11:44:47

      Mary, you made great points in your post. I really like how you included the points of a liner expressing interest in a job however may not know what it fully entails prior to getting into it to discover they may or may not actually like it. I like the example you provided of you shadowing in the hair salon then learning it wasn’t for you from that first hard experience despite having an interest.

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  6. Lauren Pereira
    Oct 26, 2021 @ 16:52:53

    When engaged in career counseling, there are many significances for assessing all interests, abilities, skills, and values. In order to find a good fit for your client, you must assess more than one interest or ability to ensure that your client will succeed in what they strive to accomplish. Going through all of the variables a client portrays, it will be easier to determine what jobs they are able to fulfill. In career counseling, it is important to go through these steps to make sure the client is on the right track to success, because you would not want to set them up for something they are not capable of doing. Assessing each of the client’s various interests and skills makes it that much easier to come up with a solution in career goals to determine what the client would not only love to do, but would also thrive in. There are many different characteristics and abilities needed in each career, which makes it hard to asses with only few key elements. Even determining a persons values show importance because you do not want your client going into a career they do not fully believe in. For example, you do not want your client becoming a Pharmacist if there belief indicates that medications are drugs that can harm your body. Career counseling holds a strong significance because it is essentially setting up an individual for a brighter and more successful future.

    An individuals social life and social interactions are extremely important within career counseling in many ways. Our relational influences are present in our daily lives. Our social skills are also a part of our work and our interests. I like to think that an individuals motivation to do something often comes from who they interact and associate with. If a majority of your friend group goes away to college, you are likely to get a similar type of education for yourself. Also, if you are in a work setting for several days and hours each week, you will be around your coworkers for a majority of time. Having the same type of career as these individuals makes it easier to determine that you also have similar qualities and interests as they do. This also shows an importance in career counseling because when finding a truly beneficial career for yourself, it also determines what kind of people you will be surrounding yourself with each day. This is helpful in the sense that you should be able to get along and communicate well with your peers. Ultimately, our social skills and our career choice are major contributions in our lives, so it is important to ensure that they are positively impacting your happiness and your overall life choices.

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    • Will Roche
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 10:38:26

      Lauren,

      I like the example you used for choosing a profession based on someone’s values. In my post, I mentioned an example for someone lacking ability to become a doctor. In yours, you use an example for another aspect of proper career assessment. Your example is great because it highlights the importance of your beliefs aligning with the job you might have for many, many years. Similar to our goals in Clinical Counseling, if you don’t believe in therapy and think therapy is ineffective or stupid, then it would not make sense for you to pursue a career in Clinical Counseling Psychology. That is why it’s important in assessment to “weed out” the values or lack of values that clients have for certain professions, such as pharmacology, psychology, etc. Great job!

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  7. Will Roche
    Oct 26, 2021 @ 18:45:45

    In career counseling, it’s important to assess interests, abilities/skills and values altogether because there’s more than one facet that will attribute to being happy/content with your work life. Working professionally takes up a large portion of people’s lives, therefore being able to find a profession that suits the person on a multitude of levels is crucial for a person’s well-being. If the person is interested and has the skills for the job, but do not value the profession, there may not be a longevity for this person in that career. The same goes for the other aspects of finding the right career. Obviously, looking to find a career that the client is interested in is very important, but it’s also vital to make sure they have the ability/capacity to do this job specifically. Such as the example of a person who is interested in becoming a doctor, but does not have the GPA to get into Medical School, this may not be the profession for them to their lack of skill in the field. As previously mentioned, it’s vital to value the profession you are working in. The textbook states that work values are more highly correlated than interest with work satisfaction. As surprising as that may be, it illustrates the importance of working in a field that the client personally values and provide a guide for themselves for the future. That is why this intersectionality of interests, abilities and values is integral when using assessments for clients in career counseling.

    Relational influence is also another important aspect of career counseling and assessment overall. Socially, it’s natural to make decisions based on societal influences, (family, spouse, region, environment, etc.) Therefore, it’s important to take these into consideration when looking for a career. With all of the time that a normal work week consumes of a person’s time, you would want to make sure that not only you, but those in your inner circle that are affected by your decisions, are also comfortable in the situation you create. An example, you have a job offer in Arizona, but your spouse really cannot take any sort of prolonged exposure to warm weather, that may be a relational influence that might affect your judgment for a job offer. Relational influences are a large part of our decision-making, which makes it very important to consider when looking for a profession.

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    • Madelyn Haas
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 21:00:55

      Hi Will,
      I enjoyed reading your post. I like how in your first paragraph you put a lot of emphasis on the clients’ values. Values are extremely important in whether someone will be happy in a career. Like you said, people’s jobs are such a big part of their lives, so it is essential to find something you care about. Also, your example about the student who wants to be a doctor shows how it is important to be realistic in what jobs your clients could potentially succeed in. Someone who is not very good at reading likely would not be a good lawyer, for example. Finally, your description and explanation of the importance of relational influence is well written as well. Jobs take up so much of people’s lives, so it is important to find one that mixes with the other aspects of your life as well.

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    • Tressa Novack
      Oct 29, 2021 @ 14:11:27

      Hi Will,
      I agree with what you have to say about the intersectionality of interests, abilities, and values. It is important to look at the entire person when aiding a client in making a career decision. Interests, abilities, and values all have an important part to play in career longevity, satisfaction, and success, and need to be treated as such. In regards to relational influence, I like how you put it as those close to us being comfortable in the situations we create. We need to take into account other people’s comfort and happiness when we make decisions that will affect their lives.
      Tressa

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  8. Mary Altomare
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 15:29:46

    Hey Will,

    I really enjoyed your post this week and your explanation of relational influence. Societal influences play a significant role in the decisions individuals make especially involving their career. Majority of people spend most of their time working, so it’s important that the work they are doing is bringing them fulfillment and positivity, because if not it could impact their relationships and mental health in a negative way. As you explained, it’s important that individuals take into consideration people closest to them in their lives when they make decisions that will ultimately impact those closest to them.

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  9. Kelsey McGinness
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 20:08:19

    It is important to assess interests’ abilities/skills, and values altogether when engaged in a career counseling because if you only focus on one, you are not truly learning if the individual is meant to be in that field. Someone maybe interested in a field in teaching however they may not be good with kids, may not have patients, or the drive for the schooling. If those variables are present then a career in teaching may not be best for that individual. Interest is one aspect of it however you need to assess multiple domains to see what is best for each person.

    Relational influence in career assessment is important because you need to make sure the job you are helping a person find interest in fulfills all desires, hopes, and important aspects of one’s life. For example, if someone has a goal to work in business, on computers, from home, while making enough money to set themselves up for financial freedom for their 30s and their future family so that in their 30s they can work less. A low pay job in anything but business is not something you’d recommend this individual. Likewise, if you had an individual who loved working with kids, loved education and education others, and wanted summers off for family time, you would potentially orient toward a career in education as that fits all important aspects to that individual, and would therefore set them up for success.

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    • Madelyn Haas
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 20:50:39

      Hi Kelsey,
      Great response! Your example about the teacher is on the nose. Interests are not enough for someone to succeed and flourish in their career. Not only that, skills/abilities alone are not enough either. Even if someone is really good with math, they may absolutely despise it, so accounting would be a bad career for them. It is important to assess every single domain to see what career lines up best with their interests, abilities, and values. Your description of relational influence was good too. You need to consider how the job will fit into the client’s life. Someone who prioritizes spending a lot of time with their friends and family may not want to do a really time consuming and intensive career like an on-call surgeon, for example.

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  10. Madelyn Haas
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 20:39:15

    Career counseling, like mental health counseling, is multifaceted. When exploring potential careers for clients, it is important to assess every domain to help them make the most informed decisions. Interests, abilities/skills, and values are all important factors in whether a person will be happy with and successful in their career. Interests include what a client likes and does in their free time. It is important to at least have some interest in your career, or you will be miserable. Abilities/skills are what people excel in. To stay in a career field (and hopefully progress), it is important to have the required skills. Finally, values are what you base your life on. If your career does not fit in your life values, there is no way you will be happy and fulfilled both in and out of work. It is extremely important to make sure to assess clients on all three domains. A person may like sewing and think it lines up with their values, but if they have extremely shaky hands and poor technique, a seamstress would not be a good job for them. On the other hand, if someone is really good at physical labor but hates doing it, construction work would not be a good career choice for them. If you do not look into each domain, you will likely be giving your client uninformed advice and will not help them find successful employment.

    Considering many jobs take up 40 out of the 168 hours of the week, it is important to find a career that mixes well with your client’s life. Social and cultural factors influence every aspect of their life, their career included. A job that does not mix well with their social and cultural values will likely make them miserable or cause them to quit. For that reason, it is important to find out what role social and cultural factors play in your client’s life. Not only that, it is important to consider gender, ethnicity, and culture when picking an assessment for your client. If a particular assessment’s norming group is based off of mostly middle-aged white men, and your client is a young black woman, the assessment would not be helpful or appropriate to give to her. To be the most help to your client, you need to consider not only their skills, values, and interests, but also their life outside of work. Gender, culture, and ethnicity all influence what careers they think they can excel in or are allowed to pursue. Internal and external factors might convince someone that they cannot go into a particular career, even if they would do well in it. For example, a woman might not think she can be an engineer because all of her science teachers were men. If you do not consider every aspect of your client, including social and cultural factors, you are doing them a disservice.

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    • Emily Barefield
      Oct 27, 2021 @ 22:17:11

      Hi Madelyn,

      I like that you highlighted that career counseling and mental health counseling are both multifaceted in nature because we are working with complex human beings. You did a great job of clearly and concisely defining each domain. I also like the examples you gave- they were very helpful in showing the importance of considering all three domains for a client to be successful and satisfied with their career.

      Considering the role that social and cultural factors play is important in every area of counseling, including career counseling. These factors can help the counselor better contextualize the interests, abilities, and values of the client. I like that you discussed the importance of considering the norming groups of the assessments used in career counseling. Great post!

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  11. Moises Chauca
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 21:00:43

    In career counseling, it is crucial to assess interests, abilities and values of a client together because this information correlate with each other and influences the client assessment. When assessing a client, their interest is the starting point of career exploration, where the therapist start connecting the client interest to specific occupations through career assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory. However, assessing the client abilities/skills is important as well because they are good predictors of the career success. The therapist assesses the client abilities by using an aptitude test to predict the clients’ success on the occupation. It is important that the therapist verifies the results of the aptitudes with other previous assessments and other client information for an accurate interpretation. Furthermore, the client values are important as well because it influences the client occupation success and work satisfaction. Lastly, assessing only one domain is not enough, a client can have strong interest in an occupation but not have the necessary skills for the occupation or the job does not have same values as the client.

    Relational influence in career assessment is crucial because of the interaction between the client work and interpersonal relationships. Interpersonal and family relationships influence the decision-making process of the client about their work. It is important to incorporate these factors into the client assessment because the client will be more successful in an occupation that can satisfies their relational needs. In conclusion, it is important to focus on the client primarily but also to incorporate their relationship into their decision-making.

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  12. Emily Barefield
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 21:43:44

    As a therapist, assessing the client’s interests, abilities and skills, and values to facilitate their career-related decision-making process is necessary for the client to make an informed, realistic career choice that gives them a sense purpose in the world. Naturally, a client is more likely to be drawn towards a career they find interesting. Sometimes determining what a client is interested is challenging, other times the focus may be on narrowing a client’s interests, and other times the client may know exactly what they are interested in. Although if a client knows exactly what career they are interested in, they will likely not be seeking career counseling. While, as Whiston notes, the relationship between interests and occupational satisfaction is small, interests can be a good predictor of career direction. Throughout the course of their career, a person is likely to make career decisions that align with what is interesting to them. After determining career options the client may potentially be interested in, it is important to determine if the client’s skill set aligns with those career options. For a client to be successful in a chosen career, they must have the skills involved in the training and everyday tasks for that career. Such skills may have the potential to be developed, but the client’s motivation, patience, and abilities to develop those skills should be assessed. A person’s abilities and skills have been found to be good predictors of their career success. Finally, choosing a career that aligns with one’s values can give a person’s work meaning and can potentially provide a sense of purpose for their life. Whiston notes that work values are more highly correlated with work satisfaction than either interest or abilities and skills. When someone’s work aligns with their values, they are more likely to enjoy that work and find it fulfilling.

    A person’s career does not exist in a vacuum, and there are many other aspects of life besides a person’s interests, abilities and strengths, and values that influence their career paths. A person’s relationships significantly impact their willingness to take a job and how they think about that job in the future. For example, someone might not be willing to move for a job if they currently live near family and being near family is a priority to them, or if their spouse currently has a good job that they do not want to leave. If someone has s good social support system where they live currently, they may be reluctant to upend that support system. Choosing to prioritize relationships and family throughout a person’s career, impacts their career development and trajectory. For example, my dad chose to prioritize spending time with his family and being near family, and so he made decisions such as staying in one location throughout my childhood, working from home when he could, and taking more time off to do things with my siblings and me that caused him to not advance in his field as quickly as others have or perhaps, he had the potential to. This does not mean that he, and others with similar priorities, are not interested in their fields or lack the skills necessary to be successful in those fields, they just have more relational priorities. These relational influence should be considered when examining how interests, abilities and skills, and values predict future career.

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    • Moises Chauca
      Oct 29, 2021 @ 20:05:10

      Hello Emily,

      Your post makes many good points! I liked how you provided a concise and clear description of the career assessment process. You highlighted the main three important factors in career assessment and connected them to each other. I agree with your point about work satisfaction correlated with values. If a client values are reflected in the work environment and work peers, they are expected to have greater work satisfaction because they will feel more welcomed and have greater sense of accomplishment. Lastly, I totally agree with your point about different factors influence the client decisions making process besides their interest, values and skills. Many factors like culture, background, and race have influence in the client as well.

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  13. Tom Mandozzi
    Oct 27, 2021 @ 22:17:03

    Assessing interests is important in career counseling because it helps the client identify and apply their interests to ultimately inform what jobs might cater toward those interests or support success in various career settings. I think naturally we all want to be working in jobs that we find interesting, or to some degree rewarding, and assessing for these interests can help support career success by ensuring that the individual find a career that is rewarding and interesting to them specifically. Abilities and skills are helpful for a client in predicting jobs that might support occupational success because knowing what skills they have can help determine how these skills can best be utilized in the context of a career field or position. If a client has skills in computers and technology, but struggles with listening and communication skills, then they might not find much success in the field of counseling. On the other hand, if a client has strong communication and listening skills but is not skilled in technology, then working in an IT department might not support career success. Work values are highly correlated with work satisfaction, and it is important that for the client to find an occupation that coincides with their own personal values. For example, if a client values a person-centered and culturally competent work environment, it would be important that the client identify employers and companies that also prioritize these values to support career success. It is important to assess all these domains in career counseling because all of these aspects are important for anybody when looking for jobs and for career success. If a company or position aligns with a client’s interests, but not their skills and abilities, then this might not predict career success. For optimal success, interests, abilities/skills and values all need to be assessed and evaluated.

    Relational influence is a critical factor in career counseling because it involves one’s relationships with others and the impact this might have on what job best matches with a client. As Dr. V mentioned in the lecture, a person’s social commitments, marital status, having children, etc. might impact whether a particular job is feasible or a good match for a client. This reminds me of my own family life. I knew I wanted to go to graduate school and work near my family members and that was a major aspect as to my school and employment decisions. As much as I had contemplated traveling to another state and starting my career elsewhere after completing my undergraduate education, it was these important family relationships and health of family members that contributed to my decision to stay local. However, my sister recently relocated to Texas and began a new job there because she did not feel as much of a need to stay near family. She is beginning her career as an occupational therapist and, like Dr. V had mentioned, a move like this might have been much more difficult or unrealistic 20 years from now when my sister was further into her career and more settled. Relational influence is an important factor to consider in order to best support clients in career counseling to account for the importance of the client’s family and social relationships.

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    • Sandra Karic
      Oct 30, 2021 @ 19:01:08

      Hi Tom,
      I really enjoyed your blog post this week! I think you did a great job explaining why measuring more than one domain is necessary and depicting how all the different domains fit together in career counseling. I also liked that you described what each domain was associated with (work satisfaction, occupational success, etc). Additionally, I think you did a good job explaining the impact of relational influence. I liked how you explained it more generally and also gave personal examples.

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  14. Kristin Blair
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 09:07:25

    It is important to assess all domains of an individual because, well, our work/career is a big part of most people’s lives and therefore affects many areas. Human beings are complex and each person has their own unique aspirations, goals, potential, and limitations. This also means that people aren’t just going to be good at one job! There are multiple options and many jobs a person could excel at. Our interests typically lead to pursuing a certain career path, so knowing more about what the individual enjoys or is curious about, is always a good place to start. Self–assessment can work well here! Self-assessment can enhance self-understanding and really help give an individual a way to really map out what skills they are good at already, what is important to that individual, and their interests, or what they like to do. Considering which skills a person is already innately good at and has contributed to success thus far in their life is also a great stepping stone. Taking all these aspects into consideration when counseling an individual in these areas is imperative to set them up for the best road to success. For example, if they were never a strong student academically, attending medical school is something that the individual should really evaluate so they do not put themselves in a position to fail.

    It is understood that relational influence is an integral part of career assessment because work, again, is such a big part of a person’s life. In some cases, many people are at work more than they are at home and with their friends and family. Assessing the person’s personal life currently as well as any future plans, having a family, moving, etc… are all important things to factor in when having these conversations. This is when counseling helps to paint a picture with the individual as to how their career choices/goals, may affect their life and impact those around them. For example, if someone is looking to take on a new job that involves a lot of travel, but also just had a new baby 6 months ago, they may need to assess if that is possible? Is it worth it? Who is involved in caring for the child? Etc… Some of these things could be easily overlooked or thought to be obvious, but in counseling, people are seeking this sort of clarity and a therapist will be set their clients up for the best success if all parts of the career assessment are explored and weighed the same. In doing so, you are giving your client the most accurate picture you can so that they can then make the most informed decision and be successful.

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  15. Teresia Maina
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 14:21:51

    It is important to assess interests, abilities/skills, and values together when engaged in career counseling because it helps you understand the client so you can lead them towards the right direction. Looking at only one domain a counselor can not get a full picture of the clients interests and that could lead to a negative outcome. These domains are important in finding a career that the client finds motivating and that they will enjoy long-term. When assessing interest a counselor is trying to gage what careers the client’s interest will match with. Abilities/skills is important because it predicts how successful a client will be in that career.Assessing values is important so that there is no conflict of interest between the client’s belief and what values are asked from them in the career.

    Relational influence in career assessment is important because most people spend a majority of their time at work. Often people spend more time at work than with their friends and families. It’s important to keep in mind if a client has plans to start a family, is planning a wedding or has big personal life goals when assessing future careers. All of this could impact if a job is a right fit for the client. For example if a single mother were to receive a job but it included her moving to a different country in the middle of their child’s school year, it might not be the perfect time to accept that job. Since the mother would have to find a place to live in another country but also a school for their child, it would also mean that she would not have family around to help her with the child. Clearly explaining all the contingencies can help paint a better picture of the situation when it comes to the decision-making process.

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    • Pilar Betts
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 02:02:20

      Hello Teresia,
      I appreciated that you mentioned the importance of finding a career that you not only enjoy but that motivates you. I think people don’t consider that too much when choosing a career, a career that helps you grow as a person and pushes you to want to do better is super valuable. I liked the examples you used to describe relational influences’ effects on choosing a career. I used a similar example to the one about having a family and not wanting to have to commute too far or uproot a family.

      Thank you,
      -Pilar

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  16. Monika
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 16:01:50

    When it comes to career counseling a person’s interest can help us understand the general occupational interests and build from there. Interests can be good predictors of a particular career direction. Assessing both expressed and manifest interests can be a good method for identifying vocational interests. Interest inventories can help promote career exploration and connect to clients’ specific occupations. But, strong interests don’t guarantee occupational success and hence we need to consider other domains to make sure the client makes an informed decision. Aptitude tests are often used in career counseling because they are good predictors of occupational success. Aptitude tests can help us see if the test result is consistent with other information, such as grades, work performance, self-perceptions of abilities, and other types of evaluations. The verification process brings more client information into the interpretative process. The verification process provides a more holistic view of the client’s abilities. The combination of aptitudes and interests facilitates exploration and leads to a more comprehensive view of the client. Values serve as the basis for which life goals are established and provide a guide for individuals in making personally consistent and meaningful decisions about the future. Hence, values shouldn’t be neglected as they are more highly correlated with work satisfaction than interest.

    A person’s life is made up of many aspects and contributing factors. Amongst these, the most important ones are our global relationships (family, professional, spouse) and emotional wellbeing. There also are many factors that give us that sense of well-being. Self-awareness, familial relationships are some of them. But the most important one is the career choices that we make at the right time. When a person is satisfied with their work, he/she harbors feelings of contentment which reflect in company productivity as well as day-to-day life. What occurs in our relationships may be key to the facilitation or hindrance of our ability to progress effectively through challenging career tasks and our ability to benefit from more traditional career counseling practices. Studies have shown that understanding relationships with others in terms of separation and attachment can be useful in working with career adjustment concerns. For example, If your partner believes in your goals and pushes you to accomplish everything in your professional life, you are more likely to succeed in your career. With the right support, you can advance in your career smoothly and reach your goal more quickly. Counselors can assist their clients by navigating important aspects of relationships and their relation to their career goals.

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  17. Jeremy
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 17:25:39

    Many aspects come together to form a satfyigying work environment. Interest, abilities, Skills, values, culture, and more all combine to determine workplace satisfaction. For this reason, a single domain such as interest is not enough. Despite someone’s interest in astrophysics if they struggle with math it will be difficult for them, or if they value social interaction and community service as important. Similarly, if values do not align with the industry at large this tension can cause severe burnout (such as defending guilty people in law). For this reason, looking at as many variables as possible helps to get the best image of potential directions to head in.

    One’s support net is important and as one’s life continues, more factors go into job positions. Relationships have a serious impact on job availability. Ultimately balancing work-life balance is a serious worry, being sure that you consider how certain jobs or positions will affect their work-life balance and if you are okay with that change.

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    • Teresia
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 18:17:03

      Hi Jeremy,

      I like the fact you brought up that an individual can develop burnouts if they are in an industry that does not match their values. Just basing an individual’s career path based on their interest can lead to a negative outcome if the individual does not have the necessary skill required. It would be setting the client up for failure.

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  18. Tressa Novack
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 17:42:16

    It is important to assess interests, abilities/skills, and values altogether when engaged in career counseling because not one area alone can guarantee satisfaction and success in a career. For example, someone can be interested in a sport, but not have the ability to play the sport professionally. However, they may have great communication skills and confidence, and they could be a broadcaster for that sport. Values are also important because they are a greater predictor of work satisfaction than interests. This makes sense, because someone would not be happy in a job that goes against their values. For example, someone who is against the use of natural resources for energy would probably very unhappy working on an oil. Therefore, it is helpful to look at a person’s values so they can find a job that aligns with them.

    Relational influence is important in career assessment because the jobs people have can affect their relationships with those around them. Most people would probably want to avoid jobs that they felt put an unnecessary strain on their significant relationships. For example, a mother with a newborn infant would probably not want her husband taking a job where he works overnight shifts, leaving her without help during the night. Children would not want one of their parents taking a job that would move them across the country, which would place them in a new school and social setting. When choosing a career it is necessary to consider how it affects the important people in our lives so that we do not cause stress and relationship strain.

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    • Moises Chauca
      Oct 29, 2021 @ 20:30:17

      Hello Tressa,

      I enjoyed your post! Your example about interest and skill provided me with good insight and a different perspective on the career assessment process. If a client interest does not match their abilities, the therapist can help the client find a better fitted occupation in the same area of interest. Lastly, your point about relational influence provided me with more insight as well. It is important to point out the emotional effects from career changes have on the client relationship but also on themselves.

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  19. Sandra Karic
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 18:28:37

    To probably oversimplify things a bit, multiple domains are necessary in assessments related to career counseling because multiple domains are highly involved in each career. A highschooler or college student could be extremely interested in medicine but if they have limited abilities regarding chemistry or biology, trying to be a pre-med major might not be the best option. Alternatively, someone could have a lot of strengths in rhetoric, reading, and argumentation in general, but find law and everything involved in it boring, in which case becoming a lawyer would not be the best idea. Or they could find it interesting and be good at it, but have values that contradict with the current justice system, in which case becoming a prosecutor specifically would not be a good match. People are complex, career paths are complex, measuring just one domain would not be an adequate way to guide someone in a decision that will directly affect their future livelihood. I think relational influence can be conceptualized as a variety of different factors. There are the influences of one’s family, friends, culture, and influences related to an individual’s specific demographic. All of these factors can dramatically impact a person’s experiences which in turn can impact their assessment results. For example, I’m sure there are many women out there who would greatly enjoy being a mechanic, but have little experience with fixing cars because that’s not how they were socialized. Therefore, in assessments with items like “I enjoy fixing car engines” it would be hard to get an accurate measure of interest. Relational influence can also involve different pressures put on someone. Speaking exclusively from personal experience, as the eldest daughter of immigrants, the only options presented to me as viable from my family were: medicine, law, or not working and helping my family raise my younger cousins and sister. While I ended up choosing my own passions over what my family wanted from me, this pressure dramatically impacted a lot of my decisions in highschool and under grad. Overall, relational influence can impact a person’s experiences, viewpoint, and even their interests. Thus, it is important to discuss relational influences when conducting career counseling.

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    • Pilar Betts
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 01:55:35

      Hello Sandra,
      I really enjoyed your post, The examples you mentioned to display how abilities, skills, and values influence choices in careers. I also really liked your mention of societal and cultural factors, because certain jobs are so gendered it limits those who could find an interest in a particular career because they never thought it was a possibility or didn’t have an equal chance to experience it to determine if they would be interested. It is important that career counselors provide all options based on a person’s interest and offer up suggestions for careers the person may not have considered, there are jobs people don’t even know exist. Career Counselors should definitely educate themselves on a multitude of options. Thank you so much for sharing your own experience of how culture as a relational influence affects the choice of career, a lot of people are bound to particular professions by their families’ knowledge of success and what is considered a good career. I’m so glad you followed your passions and did what made sense for you personally!

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  20. Olgena
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 22:23:52

    Listening the lecture recordings and class lecture examples, I believe that it is very important to consider more than one domain, because even though one might have great interest on a specific field, he/she could lack certain skills or abilities required for that specific interest filed. For example, there are cultures where the expectations of your family for their children future are rather in medical filed or advanced sciences. However, these expectations do not always meet with the skills, abilities or even interests of the individual. One important aspect in career counseling is to present to the client a broader range of fields options, that not only match the client interests, but also their abilities, skills and probabilities which could or could not support all the above. Furthermore, is important to interpret this information to the client by directing them to different areas where their abilities are oriented and are helping them to consider realistic goals based on a combination of their skills, interests, and values.

    I think that the importance of relational influences plays a significant role when it comes to decisions an individual makes related to his career. For example, if I compare my academic experience to my brother’s, it is a whole experience different based on various circumstances . I finished my high school experience back in my country, which caused me two years of adopting to a new system and had to undergo through extra testing requirements to get into higher education. This also limited my primary choices, where I had to sacrifice one important area that I was not only skilled, but also very passionate about it. In contrast, my brother who completed high school here had clearer ideas how the system linked, which gave him few more possibilities to accomplish his future goals. It is important that when advising a client, to consider other variables that could relate, influence, or limit their options in certain areas. Career is a very important aspect in some individuals life, ( especially in the modern times) but there is also important to weight other important aspects in an individual life, so its crucial for a client to be helped and directed to choices that best fulfill their essential matters.

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    • Sandra Karic
      Oct 30, 2021 @ 19:10:25

      Hi Olgena,
      Great job on your blog post! I liked the examples you gave for why measuring more than one domain is important. I also liked that you emphasized presenting clients with more than one option. I didn’t really think too much about the process of giving clients results during this blog post but doing so is a key part of career counseling. Finally, I think you did an excellent job explaining how different experiences and relationships may impact our choices in pursuing both careers and higher education.

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  21. Pilar Betts
    Oct 28, 2021 @ 23:29:35

    Assessing a person to find out what their interest, skills/abilities and values is beneficial in career counseling because it allows the career counselor to get a wide range of what career the person they are advising may be interested and good at. By looking at the person’s skills and abilities and values certain careers can be ruled out based on the response. For example if the person comes in and is interested in being a baseball star but they are playing on a division 3 team as junior varsity this is not exactly a realistic goal or if a person wants to make sure the career they has suits the values of their religion. All these aspects assist the career counselor in directing the person to a career that is best suited for them. Knowing the interests of a person allows the career counselor to point the person to careers that suit those interests then skills and abilities and values of the person can be looked at to narrow down the options even further. if the person shows interest in one of the suggested careers yet their skills and abilities are not a match for that career, this creates a learning opportunity for the career counselor and for the person seeking the career counseling. Values are a super important consideration when choosing a career, if values are ignored regardless of there being interest in the career the person will not enjoy the career. This is like when you work a job that you enjoy but your work environment is toxic. The displeasure you experience from the environment will drain out the career. A career has to reflect all of these areas or else it isn’t the right career for you.

    Relational influence impacts career counseling because people make career decisions based on what works for their life. If a single father who lives close to family is looking for a career change, he’s not going to look for a career that would put him at risk constantly because he has to think about his children. If he enjoys aviation he’s not going to choose a flight tester or international flight pilot career instead he may choose to do airplane repair or local flights instead. When advising a person on a career you have to account for a variety of factors to advise them on a career that makes sense for them. A person may have kids, be married, need to take care of an elderly or differently abled family member, want to stay close to family or far from family. All these relationships have to be considered in the suggestions of jobs and careers.

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    • Teresia
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 18:26:46

      Hi Pilar,

      Great post, I enjoyed reading it! I agree that if you want a person to succeed but also grow in their career their interest and skill must line up or it will lead to be wearied down. Keeping in mind a person’s personal life goals and what is important to them is important when advising them on their career path. As you mentioned some might have kids and want to stay close to family because they help babysit.

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