The majority of recent college graduates feel unprepared for the world of work, according to a survey conducted by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. These grads felt they lacked sufficient job-hunting skills, emotional intelligence, and an understanding of the world of work and what it takes to succeed. They also claimed to struggle with unrealistic expectations regarding the transition from college to career. This lack of preparation stems from attitudinal barriers and a lack of knowledge or skills that are detrimental to students’ initial job search and ongoing career success.
The College to Career Transition Inventory helps students recognize those potential barriers so that they more successfully enter the world of work. Namely, it helps students pinpoint the false beliefs and potential gaps in knowledge and skills that might prevent them from finding a job or succeeding in their career. It does so by assessing student’s self-assessed knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the following areas crucial to career success:
• Life Skills
• Soft Skills
• Job Search
• Career Transition
• Career Management
The College to Career Transition Inventory is an ideal tool for college career centers and counselors as a starting point for assessing a student’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of starting, planning, and managing their careers. In addition, it serves as an ideal discussion tool or pretest/posttest for career preparation and management courses. The assessment is self-scoring and self-interpreting and can be completed in 15–20 minutes.
“The results offer an accurate profile of the client’s developmental maturity for entering today’s fast-paced and competitive job market. It provides students with excellent information about their strengths and weaknesses in the all-important college to career transition. This assessment fills a gap that has been evident for a long time. I will use it with my clients transitioning from college to the workplace.â€
Paulette H. Litteral, M.S., Career Counselor and Outplacement Consultant