The Highlands Ability Battery – a military regiment or something else?

I hate to disappoint but this battery isn't a measure of your firearm skills in the Scottish Highlands but rather, it is an assessment that measures one's natural abilities including: inductive and deductive reasoning, spatial abilities, visual and musical abilities and learning channels, as well as personal style factors. It is one assessment, amongst many, designed to support individuals in their career development; and it enables managers to compare individuals with the known characteristics of a successful team and see how individuals and groups may behave under stress.

Assessment tools – are they new or old hat?

There are hundreds of assessment tools available now to individuals, recruiters and human resources personnel, thanks to some early work that started in 444 BC. At this time, Empodocles, the founder of the school of medicine in Sicily, categorised behavioural elements in terms of earth, air, fire and water. About 100 years later, Hippocrates determined that four ‘humours' of blood, yellow bile, phlegm and black bile were each thought to be responsible for a different type of personality. Over the centuries some of these descriptors have changed, however the work to understand people and how they tick, continues. Carl Jung, in 1923, described people's ‘types' in terms of Feeler, Intuitor, Thinker and Sensor – the foundation for the Myer's Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The basis for the DiSC assessment emerged from William Marston and his research on the emotions of people, in 1928.

How do we become career resilient?

According to Joyce Russell (The Press, 03/03/2012, p.F1), "career resilient workers are more employable because they have positive and flexible attitudes; are adaptable to change; are willing to take risks and they engage in continuous learning". Russell suggests the key to being career resilient is for people to take control of their own career; to keep their skills relevant; be prepared to undergo a career makeover and be prepared to periodically reinvent themselves if they're looking to make a career transition or switch. It's all great advice, so how career resilient are you? How do you stack up to her list?