Part III: The Rest of the Interview: Meet the Occupation Professor
How was the Occupation Professor online career coaching test developed?
After compiling data about occupations, I grouped the data into "job families," subfamilies, and a hierarchy of occupations. My test at OccupationProfessor.com measures items such as: intellect, social skills, attention to detail, organization skills. I even included some unique items such as: ambition, determination, work ethic, and self efficacy. These factors may actually be better predictors of success in certain fields than raw intellectual horsepower. Then, I developed a set of test questions to measure these items.
How do I know if this test is valid and reliable?
In order to validate my test questions, I conducted pilot research. My test was initially administered to about 200 college students in order to verify the quality of my test questions. This initial batch confirmed the test validity and reliability. Since then, several hundred more college students and business professionals have used this test successfully.
Who else contributed to the Occupation Professor site?
A Virginia Tech professor, and colleague Dr. Harvey was also instrumental. One of his specialty is translating ideas to a web-based product. He was able to translate this occupational research into an online, test instrument and helped build out the website.
What does this test measure?
It accesses your unique abilities, interests and skills. Test-takers may also interact with me directly when you select the email follow-up service for online career coaching. After they take the test, they can email up to 5 questions about the test to me. I can help them interpret their results, identify potential occupations and refine their career goals.
Blogger Sharon B. Cohen leverages her experience in psychology, business and technology. She's lived, worked and studied internationally. Her consulting engagements include projects in the USA, Canada and Asia. She is an experienced, MBA Career coach and college instructor for 18+ business majors and the employers who recruit these candidates.
POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)