For 7 years, Breakthroughs has been assessing and guiding individual clients regarding career selection and success. For a year and a half we have been helping the corporate world select employees and develop intellectual abilities and functioning of current staff. Finding out ahead of time whether your potential employee has the required skills is a tremendous advantage. We can help eliminate wasted time, money, stress and disappointment both on the employer and employees behalf.

Periodically a profile will indicate that most of the skills are in place but there may be one or more areas that need strengthening in order to bring a successful outcome. Breakthroughs unique services provide programs to improve brain skills, where necessary. This is a great benefit to companies who find themselves dealing with the Peter’s principal (promoting people past their abilities). Our services have helped to equip individuals who were stressed by the demands of their work and ready to quit. These individuals have since gone on to enjoy their work and make a greater contribution to their company.

The 27 skills we assess are the foundation needed for education and career success.

The primary assessment evaluates the 27 different intellectual abilities (brain skills: 10 cognitive, 6 memory, 4 judgment, 4 problem solving and 3 creativity). These skills have been especially predictive of success in a broad range of careers. The first assessment differs from other companies in its approach to employee selection and development. See our history for more detail. With this approach individual patterns of abilities are compared with those people who are successful in their field.

From an employers’ perspective these are a few of the areas where we will provide assessment feedback.

  • Short term memory
  • Following written or verbal directions
  • Worker’s productivity
  • Need for variety
  • Need for routine
  • Easily bored?
  • Quick learner?
  • Patient with details?
  • High or low standards?
  • Perfectionism vs. carelessness
  • Ability to work with others
  • Leadership tendencies
  • Efficiency in reading-related activities
  • Stress level
  • Coping skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Readiness to take a risk
  • Practical judgment skills
  • Readiness to learn

A second computer assessment provides feedback on the client’s values, interests and personality.

The counsellor then correlates the data provided from these two assessments to create a personalized report.

Here are some of the careers and vocation areas a profile can be compared to. Note- each title has numerous sub-choices.

  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Art and design
  • Communication arts
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Crafts
  • Data services
  • Engineering
  • Finance and business
  • Government services
  • Health services
  • Law and legal
  • Maintenance and assembly
  • Public safety
  • Science or social science
  • Services
  • Social services

As an employer, in the interview process, going by your gut instincts or lack of information regarding brain skills can be risky, frustrating and expensive long term.
Here’s an example of what Breakthroughs can do to reduce your risk, frustration and long term expense.

The example chosen is a clergy member (minister, preacher, priest, rabbi). This occupation is deliberately chosen to illustrate both the importance and the limitations of the intellectual ability aspects of this career. First, it is apparent that even if one had the intellectual aptitude to enter the clergy, there are other considerations-philosophical commitment, satisfaction from helping others, etc., that would be critical in pursuing this career; on the other hand, even with the philosophical commitment, helping attitude, etc., the lack of certain intellectual abilities may be inhibiting or even disabling in the pursuit of this career.

What general skills are involved in being a clergy member? A clergy member needs strong verbal skills (both listening and speaking). Clergy members, particularly in counselling situations, need to have good practical judgment, as well as memory for interpreting religious doctrine as it may relate to the problem at hand.

In summary, the general skills required for the clergy are:

  1. Interpersonal skills
  2. Organizational skills
  3. Comprehension skills
  4. Conflict resolutions skills
  5. Listening skills
  6. Speaking skills (and perhaps, writing skills)
  7. Practical judgment
  8. Memory for doctrine
  9. Interpreting doctrine

The feedback session would inform the employer of a client’s abilities in these areas, dramatically reducing the risk, frustration and long term expense. This feedback helps determine the appropriateness of the candidate for the job.

Breakthroughs unique services provide individual programmes to improve brain skills and functioning, where necessary.

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