Part I: Meet Dan Whitenack, PhD the Occupation Professor!
Who is the Occupation Professor and what would you like your readers to know?
I'm the Occupation Professor. I have 20 years of experience and hold a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology. My specialty involves looking at how to best match individuals to specific job roles. This segment of I-O psychology is also sometimes referred to as personnel psychology. Over the years, I've probably interviewed over 15,000 candidates for business-related, roles in industry.
What are your specialties?
Career counseling, hiring and candidate selection and management development. I've also coached hundreds of managers and industry leaders using both 360-feedback and personality testing.
What is the Occupation Professor test?
The Occupation Professor website contains an easy-to-use, career test. It's an innovative, for-pay tool to help people determine their career match.
Why did you create Occupation Professor?
My professional experience includes helping companies recruit mid to senior level business professionals. Some of the people I interview are in career transition, others want a career change, a second career or to give back in a non-profit, role. There is such a thing as a 'career transition psychology' which I consider in application. Over the years my executive-age clients shared their concerns about their college-age children. I kept hearing about the struggles that college students had in choosing careers and making appropriate, career decisions. College is a pivotal point for them and there is a lot of pressure. So, in the past 7 years I've also added a college-age population of clients to my caseload.
What was your inspiration for Occupation Professor?
After years of using other popular career tests, I was frustrated. I realized that there wasn't a test which covered the full range of occupations and which addressed practical considerations. Many popular career tests were theoretically based. However, I work directly with my clients in an applied setting. It was a challenge using some tests in an applied, client-centered context. So, I decided to create my own test to address a gap in the market.
Stay tuned for Part II of Dan's interview. Hear about the inspiration for the Occupation Professor test!
Sharon B. Cohen's writing leverages her experience in psychology, business and technology. She's lived, worked and studied internationally. Her consulting includes projects in the USA, Canada and Asia. She is an experienced, MBA Career coach for 18+ business majors and the employers who recruit these candidates.
POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)