The web-based career system that I chose to evaluate was the College Career Life Planning website. I will evaluate the site in terms of the benchmarks that were set forth described by Niles and Harris-Bowlsbey.
➢ The Theoretical Base of the site - The site utilities the Holland system. The site has an assessment that is based up on the Holland system with an accompanying standard potential careers areas are provided for the clients reference. As Niles and Harris-Bowlsbey, indicate for this benchmark site needs to offer a theoretical framework to help the client process through the vast amount of career related information (2009, p. 228). I would say, yes this site does provide a starting point for the client to research and explore potential careers via the Holland personality theory.
➢ The Presence of an online inventory system - As Niles and Harris-Bowlsbey indicate there needs to be an assessment of the values, interests, abilities, and skills of the client (2009, 228). I would again say, yes, this site does meet that criterion. The results of the Holland personality report are used further. Clients can take recommended career areas and research more in-depth under the career life-planning tab. The tab provides specific area that give advise of the skills, values, and requirements that are needed for a particular career.
➢ Quality, appeal, and comprehensiveness of the website - Niles and Harris-Bowlsbey, a career based counseling system needs to have a breadth of information from all the avenues of the career development process (2009, 228). With out questions this this does that and more. While the title of the site indicates college career planning is goes way beyond that notion. One of the main items that attracted me to this sight was the career development assistance that is provided form all stages of life. There are specific areas of the site that are dedicated to middle school students, high school student, college students, working adults, counselors, teachers, and even parents. Within each area it provides specific information, inventories, support, and career strategies for each group.
➢ Ease of the search: according to Niles and Harris-Bowlsbey, successful sites have intuitive searches that are easy and fruitful (2009, 229). Just to expand upon the previous...