Career Consultant FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What services do you provide to ICCS consultants?
Licensed ICCS consultants have access to the ICCS website and the full range of services that it provides. These include client record-keeping, interactive career consulting tools, client and workshop group reports, downloadable worksheets for individual client and workshop group consulting, an ICCS user’s guide, and PowerPoint slides with notes and handouts for running an ICCS workshop The ICCS website lists and maintains links to licensed consultants, providing a valuable channel for new client referrals. You will also have access to our help line.
How long does it take to administer the ICCS?
It takes around 45 minutes for clients to complete the ICCS itself. However, the important work begins after completion. We recommend around six sessions, one introductory session, three more to explore each of three “ways of knowing” on which the ICCS is based, one to develop a client’s career themes, and one to determine action steps. The system also provides a mechanism for ongoing client consulting as action steps are pursued. An ICCS workshop can also be effectively delivered to groups of clients in eight to twelve hours.
Can I use the ICCS with clients at different life and career stages?
Absolutely! The ICCS is not limited to any stage of life or career, or to any restricted set of occupations. It is designed to help any worker claim greater ownership of his or her career and its direction, and to provide a platform for both incremental career steps and more ground-breaking career transitions. The ICCS has also been shown to work well with graduate and senior undergraduate students focusing on the transition to the world of work.
Can I use the ICCS with other career assessment tools?
Most definitely. The underlying intelligent career model was first conceived as an integrative theory to incorporate a range of career-relevant data. For example, values and interest inventories, performance appraisals, 360ºfeedback data, individual resumes, and the influence of mentors, friends and family can all be accommodated into the model. ICCS data both complements and helps integrate the data from other assessment tools.
How can I benefit from ICCS training?
Most fundamentally, you can benefit from the professional development that participation in an ICCS workshop will provide. If you decide to take out an ICCS license, you will be qualified to provide individual and group career consulting. You will also be qualified to be listed on the ICCS website, with links to your own website, and thereby connected to interested clients, as well as to the global network of career consultants that uses the ICCS.
I work in corporate human resources. How can the ICCS benefit my organization?
An ICCS workshop provides an excellent two-day professional development program for human resource specialists, and leaves them ready to offer ICCS consulting on either a one-on-one or a workshop basis. The ICCS can provide an important stimulus in helping employees claim ownership of their personal career situations. High potential employees can benefit from one-on-one ICCS consulting to sharpen their own talent development. Challenging employees can benefit by discussing and achieving clarity around their career goals and action steps needed to accomplish them.
Will the ICCS work with other groups, such as alumni or professional associations?
Certainly! Contemporary careers feature higher levels of occupational and industry networking. Running an ICCS workshop for a professional group or association can be one way to support this kind of networking. A related opportunity involves the alumni from a shared educational experience. Alumni groups are often effective peer coaches given their shared educational experience.
What can the ICCS add to career or executive coaching work?
Since underlying intelligent career theory allows the consultant to integrate both 360º and performance appraisal data, it provides a distinctive opportunity to help the client take stock of his or her present situation. Once the client has been introduced to the underlying theory, the ICCS provides a useful next step, and helps the client to “dig deeper” into the most challenging issues and prepare a set of action steps that are crafted from their individual situation.
How much development has gone into the ICCS?
The ICCS has been under development since 1996. The underlying theory, the career consulting approach, and the ICCS itself have all been widely tested across a range of countries and situations. Please see the Research section of this website (link below) that lits ICCS-related publications. We are also invested in, and committed to support, further ICCS research in the future.
Is the ICCS available in my language?
The ICCS is presently supported in English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Portuguese and Spanish. Other language translations will be added in the future. The ICCS web architecture is designed to accommodate the addition of new languages, as well as the re-translation of different languages into a common language – such as the business language of a global company. This supports the making of international comparisons in ICCS data.