Not every worker returns to the same job with the same Employer following an illness or injury. For these workers, a Vocational Assessment is recommended.
Vocational guidance assessments are used to identify alternate occupations for individuals who are returning to work in a different role or in a different job sector. Vocational assessments can recommend suitable occupations for an individual based on a person’s interests, work capacity and the results of labour market research.
Such reports provide basic information regarding:
- The current injury;
- Current abilities and medical restrictions;
- Current symptoms;
- Any previous injuries
- Training and education;
- Employment history and experience;
- Level of motivation regarding returning to work;
- Social history and psychosocial barriers to return to work;
- Hobbies and interests;
- Employment and training interests;
- Clinician expectations regarding outcomes;
- Labour market research results on identified job options;
- Transferable skills analysis.
Workers can prepare for their Vocational Assessment by bringing their resume or a list of previous employment (employers, length of time, duties). Workers are also encouraged to think about their hobbies and interests, and to consider possible job areas of interest.