What Is a Vocational Assessment and Why Does It Matter?

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What if someone offered you a simple and direct way to identify your “next move” in life? As an NDIS participant, are you struggling to figure out an employment plan? Or, do you wish to explore volunteer or study options but do not know where to begin the process? Do you worry your disability is holding you back? A vocational assessment is exactly the tool you need to realise these goals and plan for your future.

What is a Vocational Assessment?

This evidence-based assessment evaluates an individual’s background, skills, education, and occupational requirements. A vocational assessment provides an overview of any disabilities or health conditions. Strategies that support individual needs and interests are also provided.

Why Do Vocational Assessments Matter?

Why should you care about this process? Why do vocational assessments matter? Vocational assessments matter because they show your ability to do your job. Vocational assessments also provide alternative occupation ideas. These options could be a good fit for your abilities and needs. Are you an NDIS participant unclear on limitations related to your disability? A vocational assessment can help you gain clarity.

Why Rehabilitation Counsellors Should Complete Vocational Assessments

With your future at stake, not anyone can complete a vocational assessment. RCs should complete vocational assessments because they have tertiary training.

To receive a professional vocational assessment, consider Inclusion Rehab and Disability. The Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia (RCAA) regulates Inclusion Rehab and Disability counsellors. RCAA is the top national association for allied health professionals with tertiary degrees in rehabilitation counselling.

Inclusion Rehab and Disability counsellors are always learning. They must complete at least 20 hours of continuing professional development each year and are required to follow professional codes of conduct and ethics. This is a testament to the value of quality and education at Inclusion Rehab and Disability.

NDIS participants will find Inclusion Rehab and Disability’s expertise and knowledge especially useful. Are you deciding whether to work, study or volunteer? Do you need help or advice getting your first job? Or, are you hoping to return to work after the onset of disability, illness, or injury? A vocational assessment can help address these concerns and much more.

Vocational Assessment Evaluation Categories

Here are some evaluation areas you can expect in a vocational assessment:

  • Personality
  • Medical and psychosocial information
  • Education and experience
  • Transferable skills
  • Assessment of interest and aptitude
  • Work preference
  • Job search skills
  • Labour market review

William & Mary School of Education research says vocational assessments are valuable. The research focuses on the interesting concept of “transitional planning.” Transitional planning is the time people begin thinking about the future. Common examples of “transitional planning” include exploring different education or volunteer opportunities. This research is especially helpful for NDIS participants to:

  • Determine participants strengths and challenges
  • Determine participants interests and preferences
  • Prepare for participants postsecondary education, vocational training, and other options

Vocational assessments lead participants through three levels of questioning, evaluation, and interviews. The order of evaluation is important because each level builds upon previous learnings.

Inclusion Rehab and Disability expert counsellors have experience helping participants. Do these assessment levels make you feel nervous? Do not worry! Trust that Inclusion Rehab and Disability professionals have the specialised training you need. So, relax! Your evaluations are getting you one step closer to creating the future you have dreamed of! Your goals are within reach.

How can you get the most out of a vocational assessment? Read on to discover what to expect during your experience.

A Glance at Vocational Assessments in Three Levels

Level 1: Pre-Assessment and Screening

You complete an interview, test, and analysis. The pre-assessment and screening level gathers various background information. That information is then used to determine your specific skills. This may reveal a unique alignment or personal fit to specific vocational options. Consider this level the “foundation” for creating your vocational profile.

Level 2: Exploration

After Level 1, the exploration phase determines specific vocational options. Now, at Level 2, you may undergo more interviews, testing, and counselling.

Level 2 offers an analysis of transferable skills or job matching tactics. The collected data reveals interesting prospects and more clarity. You are closer to reaching your vocational goals. Keep in mind, decisions are not finalised.

At this level, consider yourself to be “an explorer.” Your counsellor will help you dig deeper and determine those next steps for your future.

Level 3: Final Evaluation

You now have a lot of data to test and finish your assessment. Level 3 is the final way to assess your career and decision-making skills.

The assessment uses resources like work samples, situational role-play exercises, and behavioural observation. Extra sections like transferable skills analysis and background analysis are also used. This information helps counsellors finish your vocational profile.

You are finally given planning recommendations. Consider this your “actionable” strategy. This final evaluation is the bridge between your assessment results and future plan.

For more information about assessment levels, check out this link.

Do I Need a Vocational Assessment?

There is a lot of information to consider. You may still be wondering do I need a vocational assessment?

A vocational assessment helps you identify your current disability and related limitations. After completing an assessment, expect expert advice, tools, and actionable strategies. These tools are essential to help you reach your occupational goals. Why not explore what is possible? A vocational assessment is an important factor to help you plan for your future! Consider a vocational assessment an investment in yourself.

Still, have questions? Or, do you need more information about vocational assessments? Inclusion Rehab and Disability counsellors can assist you to achieve your goals.

Don’t forget to check out the Inclusion Rehab and Disability contact page. On the website, you can discover more information about NDIS participants and services. Inclusion Rehab and Disability offer obligation-free consultations. So, inquire today to set up your vocational assessment. Now is the time to increase your inclusion!