Today’s Strong II has its roots in the original occupational research of E.K. Strong, Jr., of Stanford University. Strong based his research on the vocational interest theory of John Holland. Decades of extensive research, updating and refinement by teams of researchers have resulted in the most widely used interest inventory among professionals. This occupational research demonstrates that people with particular sets of interests, knowledge, values and abilities are drawn to occupations with specific activities. It also shows that similarly interested people find satisfaction working in these occupations. The Strong II offers invaluable guidance to those seeking help with choosing vocations, avocations, college majors as well as making career transitions. Importantly, the Strong II is linked to the U.S Department of Labor’s extensive occupational classification system, O*NET.
The MBTI was born out of Carl Jung’s extensive research on psychological type. Mother-daughter team Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers tested, refined, and expanded Jung’s types into what is now the MBTI. Jung theorized that everyone’s personality can be described by one of sixteen psychological types. Each type identifies one’s innate orientation to his inner and outer worlds, her unique learning, problem-solving and decision-making styles. The MBTI is a valued tool for team and relationship-building in all size and types of organizations, in family and marriage counseling as well as individual psychotherapy. The MBTI brings important insights to the fields of career counseling and life planning by revealing an individual’s authentic personality, i.e., his distinct preferences for operating in the world throughout his life.
As part of the process, I use informal and formal assessment tools to gather relevant information about you. These assessments do not offer judgments about who you should be or what you should do for work but rather empower you to, as Lydia Maria Child wrote, “…work in my own way, according to the light that is in me.” Two formal assessments that I prefer are the Strong II and the MBTI. These assessments may only be administered in their entirety and interpreted by trained and certified professionals. Both of these tools have been scientifically researched and revised over decades to insure their validity (they test what they say they test) and reliability (test results are consistent over time).