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Career Assessment Pilot
The PMF Program Office is conducting a pilot program for 2021 Finalists to voluntarily complete a Career Assessment (“Assessment”). The Assessment is conducted through WOWI (World of Work Inventory) and is a scientifically developed, objective assessment that incorporates three dimensions: (1) Career Interest Areas, (2) Aptitude/Achievement measures, and (3) Work Styles. General information about WOWI can be found at https://www.wowi.com/index.php and a short video about the Assessment can be found at https://www.wowi.com/about/video/WOWI_History.mp4.
The information Finalists receive from the Assessment could also be helpful as Finalists look for a placement as a Fellow with a Federal agency. For Federal agencies, the goal is to better understand overall aptitude for key mission critical positions across government, such as cybersecurity, emergency management, etc., across Finalists from a wide variety of degree programs and backgrounds, and assist with recruiting and placing Finalists into positions to be developed as future leaders in those areas. Specifically, cybersecurity is a high-demand skill area for the Federal workforce and agencies are participating in a variety of initiatives to train their employees to do cyber work. The results of these assessments, and a Finalist communicating their willingness to agencies to learn cybersecurity skills, could be a great way to secure a PMF position with an agency and to expand a Finalist’s professional skillsets during the fellowship.
The Assessments are secure, accessible (e.g., 508 compliant), and take 45-60 minutes to complete. Finalists should respond to the assessment questions based on what immediately comes to mind after reading the question. Finalists who access the Assessment automatically provide their consent to have their results shared with the PMF Program Office for research purposes. In order to share their results with registered Federal agency users on the PMF Talent Management System (PMF TMS), Finalists will be asked to provide their consent from the list of permission questions on the Apply Site of the PMF TMS.
In early December 2020, the PMF Program Office invited 2021 Finalists to voluntarily complete the assessment by January 31, 2021. Those Finalists who complete the assessment will be invited to an informational webinar to be provided an overview of the results and how to utilize in their career paths. A separate informational webinar will be offered to all Agency PMF Coordinators to be provided an overview and how to utilize the reports.
Completing the assessment is voluntary, will not affect the status of any Finalist, and does not guarantee placement as a PMF.