Assessment is a process involving gathering information, identifying issues, needs, and clarifying personal and environmental resources in relation to the issues and needs. Assessment helps individuals to increase self-awareness; understand their career issues; establish work, learning, and/or life balance goals; and provides a foundation for taking action and an indicator of ongoing progress. Assessment methods may include a variety of formal and informal techniques such as standardized and non-standardized instruments, interviews, personality measures, questionnaires, checklists, behavioural observations, and reports by significant others. Assessment can be done in an individual or group context.
Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. Glossary of Career Development Terms. 2012. Online: http://career-dev-guidelines.org/career_dev/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Glossary-of-Terms-changes-from-CD-Chapter-re-counselling.pdf (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)