The Maree Career Matrix (MCM) (developed by Prof. Maree; a career counselling inventory has now been added to the Professional Board for Psychology (Health Professions Council of South Africa’s) list of tests classified as being psychological tests. The MCM has been classified as a psychological test that could be used by Registered Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychologists provided that the constructs used was within their scope of practice.
A South African developed measure of career interests, the MCM contains 152 statements. These statements in the MCM relate to how individuals feel about various careers. Test-takers are asked to assess different careers in a way that corresponds with their feelings about the careers. First, they are requested to report the extent to which they are interested in each of 152 careers, disregarding whether they think they could actually do the kind of work required in particular careers. Next, they are requested to indicate how confident they are that they will be able to do the work in a particular career, that is, how sure are they that they have the right aptitude for that particular career. Taken together, the two sets of scores provide testees and psychologists with (in our opinion) an invaluable, novel two-dimensional career matrix; an enlightening career interests and confidence map (please see below), divided into four areas:
- “Go for it!”
- “Upskill yourself”.
- “Use it, don’t lose it”.
- “Bottom of the pile”.
We trust that the use of this instrument (together with its qualitative counterpart, the Career Interest Profile (CIP), will help many people design and discover the magic in their career-lives.
Prof. Maree thanks Dr Jopie de Beer, Dr Nicola Taylor, Ms Kathy Knott, Ms Kirsty Pott, Mr Morné Stander and all the other colleagues at JvR Psychometrics (official test distributor; 011 781 3705), profoundly for their superb support at all stages of the development of the MCM.