Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations and Assessments

Vocational Evaluations help individuals, who are changing careers, returning to work, or entering the workforce for the first time, determine their best career options. OWL provides a comprehensive, systemic approach to a) assess and individuals’ contributions to the workplace, b) recommend job goals, and c) recommend supports needed by incorporating medical, psychological, social, educational, and economic information to assist the individual in vocational development and planning. Each individual is seen as possessing his or her own unique and dynamic way of thinking, learning and working.

Anyone who is seeking to identify a specific job goal and supports and accommodations needed to obtain and maintain long-term employment.

Goals of the Vocational Evaluation include:

  • Identify areas of employment and/or training for which an individual is best suited
  • Identify any need for additional support services and locate specific providers
  • Develop realistic vocational goals and options for reaching these goals
  • Determine areas of vocational strength and areas in need of improvement

The Evaluation Process and Tools:

Interview and Observation:

  • Personal, social and work history
  • Educational and vocational achievements
  • Work tolerances
  • Job-seeking skills
  • Identification of possible needs related to work
  • Possible employment goals
  • Need for job-site modifications or adaptive equipment
  • Environmental work conditions
  • Physical and psychomotor capacities

Inventories encompassing the following:

  • Preferred learning style
  • Ability to respond to various methods of instruction
  • Need for job site modifications or adaptive equipment
  • Identification of possible needs related to work
  • Educational aptitudes
  • Interests, attitudes, and knowledge related to work
  • Aptitudes related to work
  • Transferrable work skills
  • Work-related behavior


  • A comprehensive yet concise summary interpreting the information gained during the evaluation, along with potential vocational goals
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