Career Beliefs Inventory


Author: John D. Krumboltz

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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    Includes details on reliability, validity, scoring, etc. and a review-only copy of the CBI form. PDFs are not refundable.
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    Builds a report that interprets an individual's CBI scores. You invite participants to take the survey and Transform™ generates their reports.
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    Interprets and reports on your CBI scores. You complete the survey and Transform™ generates your report. Transform will connect this report to the "Send To" email provided at checkout. Note: This product is for a single use, with automated survey administration. For multiple uses, buy instead the Individual Report product in quantity needed.
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    Minimum purchase of 20. Allows you to administer the CBI as an online survey using Mind Garden's Transform™ System. Includes data collection: data file with participants' raw data and raw scale scores. Optionally, Individual Reports can be generated from the collected data - requires the purchase of report licenses. Customization services are available.
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    Minimum purchase of 50. Allows you to administer the CBI as an online survey via a non-Mind Garden survey system or as a paper and pencil survey. The downloadable PDF file includes one copy of the CBI, scoring key, and permission to administer the CBI up to the quantity purchased. The PDF is non-refundable.
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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

  • Clarifying career transitions
  • Choosing a college major
  • Expanding career aspirations
  • Planning a future career

The 25 CBI Scales are organized under five headings.

My Current Career Situation:

Employment Status

Career Plans

Acceptance of Uncertainty


What Seems Necessary for My Happiness:


College Education

Intrinsic Satisfaction

Peer Equality

Structured Work Environment

Factors That Influence My Decisions:



Approval of Others

Self-Other Comparisons

Occupation/College Variation

Career Path Flexibility

Changes I Am Willing to Make:

Post-training Transition

Job Experimentation


Effort I Am Willing to Initiate:

Improving Self

Persisting While Uncertain

Taking Risks

Learning Job Skills


Overcoming Obstacles

Working Hard

Selected References

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.

From the Manual

"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

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