Careers Advice report


Sam Sample


Produced by Selby & Mills


Report Date Friday 7th July 2017

This report has been prepared with every care and in good faith. However the interpretation arises from the sum of the candidate's choices and preferences in answering a series of self-report inventories, and should therefore be seen purely as indicative of certain trends in their attitudes at that time.

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You recently completed a questionnaire on-line and this is your personal report. The text which follows is based entirely on your answers and has been compared with a relevant reference group for accuracy.

We do hope you find this report useful when thinking about education, jobs and career.  If you disagree with some of the text it’s worth thinking about whether you can think of occasions when you have behaved as suggested by the text.  It may also be useful to show the report to somebody else whose opinion you respect in order to obtain somebody else’s opinion about its accuracy. Remember, the report is based upon your answers.  However, if you still disagree with the text, disregard the sentence concerned.


This is a summary of your responses in relation to four kinds of skill:

Customer Service Skills

The way you are alert to and skilled with customer service issues.

People Management Skills

The way you would deal with colleagues and clients and your potential for management with staff.

Business/ Quality Management Skills

The way that you can manage activity in relation to agreed objectives and work at a high standard.

Professional Skills

The way you keep up-to-date with your chosen field and try to keep on learning to improve your capability.

These 4 sections are summarised in the final paragraph relating to your skills.

This section is summarised with an analysis of all your answers as well as an evaluation of the difference between how you indicated those who know you well would respond to the questions and your ideal answers.  This provides a useful indication of how “lean and hungry” you appear to be.


It is likely that customer service is not your chosen priority.  You are likely to be more interested in the technical than the people issues and, whilst you may be warm, friendly and welcoming to others, it is likely that a front-of-house job would not be your first choice.  You may sometimes become impatient with others who display a stronger people orientation than you do, and may find the concept of customer service difficult to undertake, depending on the context. While warm, friendly and hospitable, you value your own company and have no difficulty working alone and unsupervised for long periods.  Customer service is unlikely to be a priority for your future career.


People management skills are not likely to be a priority area for the development of your career.  While you are concerned about the well-being of staff and their career development, it is likely that more technical and individual issues will be a priority for you and you may be better suited to these aspects of effective work activity.  You will work hard to communicate effectively and support your colleagues, and be keen to be a member of  a culture involving trust and openness. However, your individualistic approach may mean that the supervision of others is not a priority area for the development of your future career.


Your responses indicate that business management is not likely to be your preferred career direction.  Although you are likely to manage issues around you effectively, change management and the ambiguity which that involves may not be something you particularly seek out.  In addition, you may not be keen to manage budgets and schedules tightly, and may be less concerned about the implications of your work for the wider organisation than simply getting your job done.  This means that you may work more effectively in a technical role or one which involves you working, substantially without interruptions, on a task from initiation to completion, rather than being in a customer service role with continual interruptions as well as having to manage schedules, budgets and plans.  This may be an area you prefer to have as a secondary job responsibility. 


Your responses indicate that you may not be especially keen to maintain and develop your professional skills.  You may believe that your skills are sufficient for your chosen career direction at present.  Do work hard to think of ways to apply what you know to what you do, in order to improve your existing practices and achieve improved methods of work.  Try hard to keep up-to-date with new methods and procedures, since this will enhance your career prospects and make you more effective at work.  Try to stay aware of the way in which others undertake their work as well, and do not be shy about coaching and supporting them to improve their own work situation.  Remember, stretching yourself will provide increased satisfaction.  In general, while you do not seem particular focused on career development, try to maintain this as a priority since it will increase the benefit you bring to your work and your own satisfaction.


Your responses indicate a relatively low preference for business activity, whether in the public or private sector and it may be that work is purely a way for you to earn your living.  If this is the case, do try to identify work activity which is consistent with your more positive responses to the questionnaire so that you gain as much enjoyment and satisfaction from it as possible. 


This section of the report describes your decision-making and management style and indicates the way you would prefer to work. It's worth evaluating this piece of the report in relation to what you may currently be doing or what you are seeking to do in order to ensure that there is a match. The more your preferred style matches the work you do the more success you are likely to be.

Your style is characterised as being consistent and realistic in your dealings with people and events. Responsibility is something you accept with ease, in fact people are likely to describe you as a reliable, responsible person.

Your forte is in the organisation of procedures, detailing schedules, laying down regulations and so on; you can be relied upon to see that things are done correctly. In this sense you enjoy executive responsibilities, and you would have little time for confusion, inefficiency or anything not up to standard. "Standard", in fact, is a key word. In most of the things you involve yourself in, you implicitly set yourself clear standards of performance and are punctilious in their achievement.

With people you are relatively unemotional in your behaviour, dealing with others from the point of view of fairness rather than harmony. This is not to say you are insensitive, in fact you are careful to observe social ritual and tradition. For you harmony is promoted through people behaving in an accepted fashion. You are loyal to those in authority and can execute your own authority with ease, however where people break the rules you are likely to become impatient - something you can control if you are sufficiently aware of it. A risk for you in dealing with people is that you will not spend sufficient time gathering their views, tending to reach a conclusion quickly - others may therefore accuse you of not listening.

You are a realist when it comes to dealing with work tasks, you go about your business in a clear matter of fact manner. You like to work fast and are keen to see that things get through to completion.

You are likely to be quite impressive at first meeting. You feel comfortable dealing with people, in fact you are likely to prefer working in an environment that is full of other people, rather than being remote.

You are good at work that requires precision and dedication, you like to employ the skills that you have developed through experience to do your work well. Learning for learning's sake does not appeal to you; if you embark on academic work or training it is in order to apply your learning rather than "stack up" the qualifications. You are competent with organising and executing routine detailed work and would be unlikely to make errors.

You are at your best when you are able to organise your own work into a plan or schedule and then follow it through to completion according to the plan you have devised. You judge the requirements of work quickly (possibly too quickly) get the essentials organised and assume the matter to be settled.

To enhance your own performance, it may be wise to surround yourself with creative "ideas" people, your ability to organise and deliver coupled with their ability to create should make for a good team.

Working style
Preferred Work Environment

Consistent and realistic
Responsibility accepted with ease
Described by others as reliable
Enjoys organising procedures, detailing schedules, and laying down regulations
Can be relied upon to see that things are done correctly
Sets clear standards of performance
Punctilious in own achievement
Practical and 'down to earth'

Involves contact with others
Gives opportunity to organise own work into a schedule which can be followed through to completion
When surrounded by creative ideas performance is likely to be enhanced
Provides immediate, tangible and visible results
Enjoys executive responsibilities
Traditional and thorough in operation



A realist when it comes to dealing with work tasks
Goes about business in a clear matter of fact manner
Likes to work fast and is keen to see that things get through to completion
Likely to be impressive at first meeting
Good at work that requires precision and dedication
Likes to employ skills developed through experience to do work well
Competent at organising and executing routine detailed work

Not good at gathering others' views quickly
May be accused of not listening
Has little time for confusion, inefficiency or anything not up to standard
May judge the requirements of work too quickly, getting essentials organised and assuming the matter to be settled
Not interested in subjects not seen as useful



Presented here are your 6 highest and 6 lowest scoring work competencies, based upon the 40 competencies within our directory. If studied carefully, these may provide an indication of the kind of work activity and career direction, which may blend with your natural competencies most effectively.

Highest Scoring Competencies


Your detachment and reserve may mean that you can evaluate issues very clearly and impartially. However, take care to ensure that this does not make others feel you do not consider their point of view.


While you are self-aware and will take your strengths and limitations into account, your confidence may be affected by work pressure and particularly by the resistance or disagreement of your colleagues.


You will maintain effective external relations in order to pursue your work objectives, although you may let relations drop if the person has no contribution to make to your work activity.


While open to the ideas of others, you will need strong and sound reasoning to persuade you that a different approach may be appropriate. However, you are not stubborn.


While you will generally plan and structure your work carefully, you are also able to sometimes "go with the flow", fitting in with other people. Which approach you take will depend upon your perception of the priority at the time and your mood.


You take responsibility seriously but will not deliver these slavishly if they conflict with your work obligations and objectives. You may sometimes find that you become frustrated by responsibilities and will then work to change them.


Lowest Scoring Competencies


You are likely to value strong and warm personal relations, although these will change as your work group changes and you will not allow disharmony to affect your work effectiveness.


You give and take in your relations with customers, all the while remembering your key business objectives. You give time to relations when work priorities permit.


Whilst basically a realist, you can also day dream and imagine possibilities for improved ways of working. In general, though, you will only seek to change things you know you can achieve.


Whilst generally quick to take action in a way which others may easily follow, your commitment to a desired target will vary according to who is with you and the priority you attach to the issue. This is a general strength.


You are likely to be practical in your considerations and therefore go for workable solutions rather than ideal ones. This is a relative strength.


Most people will understand you easily and be influenced by you. Your informal style may sometimes cause misunderstandings and you may need to work to broaden the way you communicate so people will understand your communication first time around.



This section provides an indication of likely career development needs as your career develops and an indication of some specific areas of job activity which may be of interest to you, based upon your responses to the questionnaire. 

Try not to be impatient with those who don't follow existing procedures and take care to be open to new ideas. Remember not everyone can work as quickly or efficiently as you, be patient with your colleagues, and try to show an appreciation for their efforts.  Stay open to opposing points of view and listen carefully to others.  In summary, think widely about the consequences of your ideas, try to be flexible and accept that others may not be as effective as yourself.


A careful analysis of your responses enables the identification of a range of job activities which may be of interest. At least, they contain characteristics which may appeal to someone who answers the questionnaire as you did

The list is wide ranging and does not take your educational attainment into account. So you need to review it critically if you are to derive value from it. Perhaps discuss it with someone who knows you well and whose opinion you respect.

The list is not exhaustive, but gives an indication of the kind of activities you may prefer. People can expect to change career a few times these days, so do spend some time considering the suggestions.

Ship Captain
Funeral Director
Military Officer
Athletics Trainer
Construction Work
Physician/Medical Work
Factory Supervisor
Paralegal Work
Database Administrator
Electrical Engineer
Supply/Logistics Work
Credit analyst

This is the end of your report.

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