Are your clients' assumptions and beliefs blocking their career decisions? Frequently, individuals hold onto career beliefs that prevent them from achieving their career goals.
The Career Beliefs Inventory (CBI) is the ideal tool to use at the beginning of the career counseling process to explore clients' assumptions, generalizations, and beliefs about themselves and the world of work. The CBI provides a springboard for counselors and clients to discuss important issues that are usually overlooked. It will help clients discover new options and alternative ways of attaining their career goals.
Counselors who have used the CBI report that it is the only inventory that probes clients' hidden values and ideas--beliefs that may be at the root of the clients' feelings of being stuck and unable to take appropriate action.
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Feature of the CBI
Purpose: Measure participants' assumptions, generalizations, and beliefs about themselves and the world of work.
Length: 96 items
Average completion time: 25-30 minutes
Target population: 8th grade reading level or higher
Administration: For individual or group administration
Uses of the CBI
The 25 CBI Scales are organized under five headings.
My Current Career Situation:
Acceptance of Uncertainty
What Seems Necessary for My Happiness:
Structured Work Environment
Factors That Influence My Decisions:
Approval of Others
Career Path Flexibility
Changes I Am Willing to Make:
Effort I Am Willing to Initiate:
Persisting While Uncertain
Learning Job Skills
An article by John Krumboltz about the CBI "Challenging Troublesome Career Beliefs"
See Dr. Krumboltz's excellent book on career counseling, Luck is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career.
"The fundamental premise upon which the CBI is based is that people make a number of assumptions and generalizations about themselves and the work world based on their limited experiences. Whether accurate or not, these assumptions affect the way people behave. If people believe something is true, they act as if it is true. What appears to be inappropriate or self-defeating behavior may become understandable when one discovers the assumptions and beliefs on which each person operates.
"The way in which people make career decisions, search for jobs, and seek promotions depends on what they believe about themselves and the world of work. If their beliefs are accurate and constructive, they will act in ways that are likely to foster the achievement of their goals. If their beliefs are inaccurate and self-defeating, they will act in ways that make sense to them but may hinder accomplishment of their goals. The CBI can help counselors initiate explorations of the career assumptions on which their clients operate."
-- John D. Krumboltz, Manual for the Career Beliefs Inventory