SkillScan is deceptively simple and transparent, yet profoundly useful. Asking clients to sort and rank their skills, together with clustering them into occupationally meaningful patterns, provide them positive, hopeful insights, helps to clarify their core career identity and builds confidence and self-esteem--all necessary to maintain an effective career development program in the face of inevitable challenges.
I am so glad I found you and your company. I have been searching for assessments that were easy to administer, had a holistic component, and gave a mixture of practical, concrete suggestions along with big-picture perspective. SkillScan is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
I am a Career Assistant at a large research institution in the Boston area and was excited to learn more about Career Driver Online. I highly recommend the webinar, "Career Turning Points". What I liked the most is the comprehensive summary that Lesah provided, where she pulls together components of SkillScan, Holland's interests, values inventories and MBTI type for the client's complete career evaluation. She concentrates on having the client focus on specifics, making choices of "favorite" skills to use on the job, favorite skill sets to use in their career, most important values and interests and strongest personality preferences so that each client is clear about their choices. I would recommend this webinar to anyone at any stage of career counseling or career coaching. February, 2012
"Why I love SkillScan":
Simply put, it works every time with any population, and everybody always loves it! Most of my clients are people who have physical and/or mental disabilities, and SkillScan is a great equalizer. Everybody feels empowered by it because, sometimes for the very first time, they recognize that they have skills, and, not only that, they now have a vocabulary to talk about what they are good at and enjoy doing. I love the way it engages people in the career exploration process, particularly my clients, who are so used to having their barriers to employment addressed first. I see them begin to think of themselves in new ways. SkillScan allows me to gain useful insight into my clients, and it is a powerful facilitator that allows me to "meet my clients where they are".
This October (2011) I attended Lesah Beckhusen’s, 3 hour presentation on , “Integrating Results into Core Career Themes” in Portland, Oregon. The content she shared was superb and offered me many new insights and applications into the use of SkillScan with students and clients. The presentation was so compelling, interactive and useful to career professionals that the three hours passed in what seemed like the blink of an eye. If you have the opportunity to attend one of Lesah’s presentations I have three words for you: Don’t miss it! "
"I use the Career Driver Online often with my students and alumni who have difficulty defining their skills and seeing how these skills might match up with careers and majors. I find this to be a great tool in helping my clients along their career development path and it fits in well their online learning styles too!"
The SkillScan assessment helped me categorize my skills and the career fields I can further investigate. It was nice to see a list of my strength so I could get a big picture of what I am interested in or good at. Also, I thought it was nice that the SkillScan assessment helped me explore things I want to improve. This assessment was a good chance to explore my strength/talent or weaknesses as I develop my career goal.
I was delighted to recently give a SkillScan workshop at our office. We help unemployed and underemployed folks prepare for their job search. It was very easy to administer and I found it to be a useful tool to help articulate "transferable" skills. I was amazed to see levels of confidence and self esteem rise as we translated their past experiences into marketable skill sets. It served as a wonderful reminder to our clients that their skills are directly applicable to other jobs and in different industries.
Our students have benefitted from using the SkillScan materials in the past and we are looking forward to expanding the benefits by having it available online. During the workshops, I have often started the session (after introductions) by asking the students “to write down nine (9) skills that they have.” Invariably students can write down one or two or even perhaps as many as five until I see their pens halted. I assure them that if they had been able to think of nine skills they probably won’t be in this workshop. That tends to put all of them at ease, whether they are a first year undergraduate or a PhD candidate. By the end of the workshop they are all so animated having:  identified their skills,  learned how to promote their skill set in a resume, and  recognized organizations and/or careers that seek those skills.
Thanks for providing me with a test drive. The Career Driver is a great assessment tool. It was easy to use and provides a great tool for resume writing.