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Frequently asked questions

General

  1. Will Career Direct® get me a job?

    No, however Career Direct® will help you determine the best type of occupation to pursue and give you directions on how to proceed in your job search. It will identify the area's you should pursue and make it clear which areas you should avoid.  

  2. Who would benefit the most from using Career Direct® ?

    People of all ages can benefit from Career Direct® whether they are preparing for a career, entering the workforce for the first time, re-entering the workforce, or seeking to maximize their God-given talents and abilities in their current situation. The preferred age to start using Career Direct® is 15 years of age.

  3. With all the other career assessments out there, why did you come up with Career Direct® ?

    Our co-founder, Larry Burkett, noted that during the many years that he was counseling families on their finances, he frequently observed people in career fields that did not match their talents and abilities. It concerned him greatly that so many people were not aware of their strengths and, therefore, were not being good stewards of their talents. This resulted in his vision for what is now Career Direct® .

  4. What makes CareerDirect® unique?

    Components of Career Direct® provide information similar to other well-known assessments which cover those components such as personality, interests, or skills. However, Career Direct® includes personality, interests, skills, values, stress, and financial management factors in one assessment, making it one of the most comprehensive assessments available.

    The results from the personality portion of Career Direct® are correlated significantly with two well-known personality assessments, (Hogan Personality Assessment and Costa and McCrae’s Neo-PI), and compare favorably with results from other personality assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, but is more comprehensive.

    The results from the interests section of Career Direct® are correlated significantly with the Strong Vocational Interest Inventory and compare favorably with other interests-based assessments such as Campbell and the Self-directed Search.

  5. Do I need a consultant to interpret the Career Direct® Detailed Report for me?

    In our professional opinion, the answer is almost always yes! To obtain the best results with your assessment we would encourage you to enlist the help of a qualified  Career Direct® consultant who has been trained to analyze the results of your assessment.

    They can help you see how all the components connect, and help integrate the data into effective recommendations. Objective input from a Consultant can make a significant difference in giving you the breakthrough you need as well as minimizing the stress often associated with educational or occupational decisions.

  6. Why is a financial organization like Crown in the career guidance business?

    Stewardship of talents related to work is directly related to stewardship of finances derived from work. True stewardship starts with the management of one's own strengths and talents.

  7. How long have you been in the career assessment business?

    Larry Burkett initiated the Career Pathways program as part of Christian Financial Concepts in 1990. The program began with an assessment made up of several pre-existing assessments. After extensive research and development, the first version of what is now Career Direct® was introduced in 1995 as a paper assessment which was computer scored and printed. In 1999, the first CD-ROM version (1.8) was produced for use on individual computers. In 2003, this was revised and re-introduced with electronic documents and audio CDs in version 2.1. The Internet-based Career Direct® Complete Guidance System was released in 2006 and includes several streamlined improvements from the former CD-ROM software version.

  8. How many people have taken Career Direct® ?

    An exact number is not possible since scoring is no longer done exclusively by the ministry; however, based on projections of individual and institutional licenses produced, it is estimated that well over 120,000 students and adults have taken Career Direct® .

  9. What other tools are available to help in my career search?

    In our Public additional resources you will find many items such as books, articles, websites, etc.

Research and Development

  1. How valid is Career Direct® ?

    The factors from the personality portion of Career Direct® were validated against and are correlated significantly with similar factors in the Hogan Personality Inventory and Costa and McCrae’s NEO-PI .

  2. How reliable is Career Direct® ?

    Reliability tests are well above acceptable levels as shown in the internal consistency and test-retest reliability measures below.

  3. What is the research history behind Career Direct® ?

    Briefly, the assessment was developed over a ten-year period (starting in 1989) using standard psychometric principles and testing thousands of people. The assessment is not based or derived from existing instruments but was developed from the item level using factor analysis and other statistical analyses to develop the factors and scoring.

Assessment Questions

  1. What is an assessment and how can it help me?

    An assessment is a series of questions or statements that one answers or responds to that are then scored by hand or computer. The results are provided in a report that measures or gives feedback on the particular topic of the assessment. A Career Assessment gives information about careers and helps one make wise career-related decisions.

  2. I took the assessment a few years ago. Would it help me to take Career Direct® again?

    Although the assessment is stable over time, some areas change depending on your life experiences, training and education. Before making major life decisions, it is always wise to base those decisions on the most current information. It can be compared to taking an X-Ray. Even though every X-Ray reflects your skeleton, every set of X-Rays are unique because it shows growth, accidents (broken bones) or diseases that you may have. Taking a Career Direct in strategic times in your life will help you with wise career decision making. 

  3. How long does it take to complete the Career Direct® assessment?

    The assessment itself takes from forty-five minutes to one hour on the average. Individuals utilizing all of the Career Direct® Application and Career Direct® Resources in the full Guidance System including the Job Sampler, Action Plan (interactive with O*NET, U.S. Department of Labor database), Questionnaires , and Audio Instructions components will need additional time.

  4. Are there keys points in a person’s life when you would recommend he/she take an assessment?

    Certainly at the beginning of career selection is a critical time, either in high school, or early in the college/university experience, in order to select an appropriate college/university or technical school, major and course of study. Before one enters the workforce, Career Direct® can help narrow the focus of jobs that will best match one's pattern. Mid-career assessments can help to make critical mid-course corrections to help best use the prime income-earning years. And even at retirement age, it is helpful to know what options for paid or volunteer work would best use the talents and accumulated experience to benefit others and provide enjoyable and satisfying work.

Disabilities

  1. Does Career Direct® help people who have disabilities?

    Career Direct® has not been tested with a disability population and does not take into account any adjustments or allowances needed for particular disabilities. A qualified counselor experienced in the particular disability is the best choice for help in determining career direction.

  2. I’m currently suffering from depression. Will taking Career Direct® at this time help me and provide me with accurate feedback?

    Depression can affect and possibly mask accurate feedback from any assessment. Professional assistance and advice should be sought before making any major life decision in this situation.

  3. If I need additional assistance after taking Career Direct®, where can I get it?

    In a client's dashboard, there is the ability to connect with a trained Career Direct Consultant.

Business and Consultant Training

  1. I'm in an organization (school, church, business, private practice) that could really use Career Direct ® . Do you have a version for institutions?

    Currently, Career Direct is design to serve clients and trained consultants only. We are, however, working on plans to incorporate two different organizational accounts for educational institutions.

  2. Do you offer Career Direct ® Consultant training, and how do I get signed up?

    Career Direct does offer detailed training for people desiring to become consultants. Each consultant must apply, is evaluated, and may be then invited to attend a live training. For more information, click here .

  3. Once I become a Career Direct Consultant, what else can I get trained in?

    In Career Direct, Consultants can become Network Leaders and potentially Master Trainers. A Network Leader is a coach of new consultants, and Master Trainer does the actual training of new Career Direct Consultants. Each role has a specific set of expectations, requirements, and guidelines.

Promotional Materials

  1. How can I obtain advertising / marketing materials to share with my church, school, friends, family, etc?

    You can contact a local Consultant who will be able to help you or contact Career Direct using the Contact Us link.

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