FAQ's.

How long does a consultation take?

It typically takes 3 hours face to face – but I do further work afterwards on your behalf analysing test scores, revising our work together and compiling your report.  I may also need to engage with other professionals on your behalf – with your agreement.

How many consultations do I need to attend for?

One.  

It is an in-depth process that takes time – but aims to provide you with the information you need to move forward.

Will it help me to focus on what I want to be for the rest of my life?

We all know that the world of work is changing – there are now jobs we could never have dreamt up.  And there are new work areas every other day.  

These changes effect not just what we do but also how we do it.  So – job security and having just one career may be a thing of the past.  The consultation helps you focus on now. It is about thinking about the present and making informed decisions while you will learn somethings about yourself that will assist you on your journey.

What many people don’t realise, however, is that they can enjoy ‘career security’ when they learn how to reinvent themselves.  Career security is when you know you are doing what you are good at, and can pick up new and good jobs quickly in this area and most importantly – it feels right.  

Why do I need psychometrics – even if I've been tested before?

Psychometrics are tools to be used as part of an overall process – and it is important that your guidance counsellor has an up to date picture of your journey to date.  But don’t worry – it’s not like an exam.  It’s more about this way or that!

Abilities can change – skills can improve.

Interests can also change – but they are motivators and it is useful to analyse what you are currently interested in – and not interested in and we explore both.  

Personality tends to be a firm foundation while some traits can be developed. 

Learning also plays a role.  The key is to use all the results together and build a picture – no one should be used in isolation. All of this just assists us to identify what you will focus on.

I find the HPI useful as it looks at things from your position as you seek to make decisions rather than from the viewpoint of a parent, teacher, company or manager.    

What tests do you use?

As part of the process I use one of the world’s most respected instruments: including The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) – ‘An inventory of the personality characteristics needed for success in careers, relationships & life.  The HPI looks at your preferences and helps to identify your personality type.  This in turn helps to recognize the factors you would need to get job satisfaction.

But tests are just a part of the process.  All instruments aim to be accessible and inclusive.

Are you a member of any professional body?

I am an associate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and The British Psychological Society and a member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

When is a good time to engage?

When you need to – generally from transition year is a good time to start to consider options.  But there are many times that people need to reflect – at times of transition or if they are unhappy or have lost their job.

“Many thanks for this. I am going to go through it all again tonight. Can not thank you enough – changing college is such a worry. I am so relieved to know I can transfer and feel like I have not wasted a year. The slight change of direction will also work for me.”

Tom
Media Student