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Assessing Career Readiness Factors and Personality Type: Implications for Practice
Brittany R. Melvin and Janet G. Lenz
This research study examined the relationships among three career readiness assessment measures and the relationships among selected readiness variables and personality characteristics in a sample of 120 university students enrolled in a career development class. The readiness assessment measures included the Vocational Identity (VI) scale of My Vocational Situation, the Career Thoughts Inventory, and the Goal Instability Scale. The results showed that all three readiness assessments were significantly intercorrelated in the expected direction. The results also suggest that readiness factors and personality characteristics are separate variables that should be considered when determining how best to assist career clients. The importance of using readiness assessment in the context of career counseling is discussed along with recommendations for future research examining personality variables in relation to career interventions.