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Career Exploration for Individuals with Learning Differences

by Beth Klein, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist & Academic/Career Consultant

Individuals with learning differences may wonder how they will best fit with career options and the job market. Those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Non-Verbal Learning Disability or Aspergerís Disorder have specific challenges academically, cognitively, and/or socially which manifest not only in academic settings, but also in work environments. There are many types of career assessments available, including:

  • Internet-based questionnaires
  • Assessments provided by large recruiting or employment corporations
  • Career Tests administered by career counselors
  • Personalized and Comprehensive Evaluations conducted by psychologists, which provide insight into educational and career directions that best suit oneís interests, abilities, and personality traits

A Comprehensive Career Evaluation is holistic in scope. These assessments:

  • Address diverse areas of interest which an individual possesses
  • Provide insight into bonafide strengths and weaknesses as they relate to career choice, within the context of learning challenges
  • Consider personality characteristics as they relate to various jobs
  • Openly address past obstacles and successes
  • Provide direction in implementing the best possible path

By using an integrative approach, potential pathways to an appropriate and fulfilling educational and career path can be discovered.

A comprehensive assessment can be administered at various stages in life, from high school through adulthood. A multitude of possible career and educational paths can be considered, from vocational trades to the professions. A great benefit of the evaluation process is the potential to find a career match which was never previously considered. Most importantly, when a career path which truly reflects one's authentic desires, interests and strengths is discovered and nurtured, a new sense of motivation emerges which can lead to greater personal happiness and fulfillment.

Dr. Beth Klein is a Licensed Psychologist, Career and Academic Consultant, as well as a past University Professor. For more information about career exploration, self-improvement and personal growth, please feel free to contact me through the following websites: and

Disclaimer: Internet Special Education Resources (ISER) provides this information in an effort to help parents find local special education professionals and resources. ISER does not recommend or endorse any particular special education referral source, special educational methodological bias, type of special education professional, or specific special education professional.


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