An international discussion about cross-cultural career assessment

  • Debra S. OsbornEmail author


Career assessments are a common resource used by career practitioners internationally to help inform individuals’ career decision-making. Research on the topic of cross-cultural career assessment has been mostly limited to the applicability of an established inventory to a different culture. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the existing research on cross-cultural assessment, and to indicate a need for collaboration among career development associations with respect to the value and use of career assessments, using current ethical standards as a springboard for determining common ground and perhaps a joint statement about the value of career assessments.


Carrer assessment Cross-cultural assessment International career assessment 


Un débat international sur l’évaluation psychologique en orientation dans un contexte interculturel. L’évaluation psychologique est une ressource couramment utilisée par les praticiens de l’orientation à travers le monde pour aider les individus à prendre des décisions de carrière de manière informée. La recherche interculturelle sur le thème de l’évaluation psychologique en orientation s’est essentiellement intéressée à vérifier la validité d’inventaires utilisés dans une culture différente. Le but de cet article est de résumer les recherches interculturelles sur l’évaluation en orientation, et de mettre en évidence la nécessité d’une collaboration internationale entre associations professionnelles pour évaluer de manière commune la pertinence et accompagner la pratique de l’évaluation psychologique en orientation dans un contexte interculturel, en se fondant sur les principes éthiques s’appliquant à cette pratique.


Eine internationale Diskussion über inter-kulturelles Laufbahn-Assessment. Laufbahn-Assessments sind eine verbreitete Ressource, welche international von Berufsberatern eingesetzt werden, um Informationen für Berufswahlentscheidungen zu liefern. Forschung zum Thema interkulturelles Laufbahn-Assessment ist meistens auf die Anwendbarkeit eines etablierten Inventars auf eine andere Kultur beschränkt. Der Zweck dieses Artikels ist es, die vorhandene Forschung über interkulturelles Laufbahn-Assessment zusammenzufassen und auf ein Bedürfnis nach Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Berufsberatungs-Verbänden in Bezug auf den Wert und Nutzen von Laufbahn-Assessment hinzuweisen, unter Verwendung von aktuellen ethischen Standards als Ausgangspunkt für die Festlegung einer gemeinsamen Basis und vielleicht einer gemeinsamen Erklärung über den Wert von Laufbahn-Assessments.


Una discusión internacional sobre la evaluación de carrera intercultural. Las evaluaciones de carrera son un recurso común utilizado por orientadores profesionales a través del mundo entero para ayudar a los individuos a tomar decisiones en cuanto a sus trayectos de profesión de una manera informada. La investigación intercultural sobre el tema de las evaluaciones de carrera en psicología se ha esencialmente interesado en verificar la validez de los inventarios utilizados en una cultura diferente. El propósito de este artículo es resumir las investigaciones interculturales sur la evaluación en orientación profesional y resaltar la necesidad de una colaboración internacional entre asociaciones profesionales en cuanto el uso y el valor des las evaluaciones de carrera. Esto por medio de la utilización de estándares éticos de la evaluación psicológica en la practica de orientación profesional en un contexto intercultural.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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