The information generated by SkillScan Express is presented in an attractive, tight, readable, logically flowing and meaningful way. I feel it's easy for both the counselor and client to grasp the results and apply the information. The results can be seen in almost one glance and can easily refer back to other parts of the report. I believe for the digital generation, SkillScan Express may be more to their liking.
I really liked using Skillscan’s Career Driver Online. I liked how the system grouped skills and made career and class suggestions based on those skills. I took my students to the computer lab to take the assessment and it was helpful to work in a group because one student’s question helped other students. My students found it easy to use. During my student’s final presentation on their career action plan, they all talked about the Career Driver’s recommendations for their skills and how it would fit into to the job they wanted.
"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".
SkillScan is one of the most useful assessments that we use. It helps build self-esteem by acknowledging that students already have many skills. We use it throughout their career decision making years from choosing a major to getting internships to building a resume and cover letter and in preparing for interviews. I also use SkillScan in teaching high school counselors and college admissions advisors at UC Berkeley Extension. I show them a variety of ways they can use the assessment to help students identify their strengths for building self-knowledge and in targeting appropriate college majors and career options. I love the hands-on, tactile nature of the cards.
I have used the SkillScan cards and profile for years and moved to the online version as soon as it was released for ease of use and detail of results. Most recently, I switched to the new version "Drive". I think it's great - easy to comprehend, very professionally presented and the occupations are much more interesting than the Strong or the Holland Occupations. Having them broken down into industry is so helpful showing a client how many industries their skills can transfer. I use it both for internal and external career coaching and training.This is an assessment that is consistently updated to reflect new titles and current occupational trends. As a practitioner, I value this highly!
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.
Using the Advance Pack with students has been extremely effective. Helping students to look at what tasks they would actually be doing in a career has shown them the difference between occupations that they like the idea of versus occupations that truly reflect their interests and giftings. I have found SkillScan to be my most efficient assessment tool, giving the student a wealth of information in a short amount of time. Lesah has placed a number of valuable resources on the website, as well.
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.
Some of the reasons I’m enjoying Drive:
- it’s easy and quick for clients to get started
- the simplicity of the charts of top skill categories and the top skill sets makes it easy to grasp
- the skill sets carry over easily into the career guides which carry over easily into O*NET
- there’s such a wide range of additional activities that clients can choose if they want
SkillScan has been one of my favorite career assessment instruments for 25 years; it is a timeless tool which clients frequently refer to over time as they focus on marketing their transferable skills throughout their careers. As a career management professional, I have used SkillScan successfully in multiple venues, including colleges and universities, outplacement venues, trainings, and my private career counseling practice to assist a variety of clients and business professionals. The newest version brings back the best of the original, and adds new features which bring a clearer focus to the results - key transferable skills which often lead to significant career insights - for users.
I have found SkillScan to be extremely effective in assisting individuals and groups in identifying, clarifying, and prioritizing work skills and interests. Participants very much enjoy the combination of initial tactile intuitive choices and prioritization followed by the presentation of a focused Skill Profile and Skill Wheel containing transferable skills in helpful cluster patterns. SkillScan is particularly effective because of its User's Manual rich with practical, useful resources. The newly revised manual on CD very conveniently allows for easy downloading of formatted exercise handouts and materials, in addition to original templates.