TTP #83: Dr. Bryan Dik – Vocational Assessment & Calling

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I remember when I was a grad student in Dr. Bryan Dik’s Vocational Assessment class back in 2005. At that time, he was a newly hired professor, and I still had little to no idea of what I wanted to do with my career. I’m so fortunate to circle back with Bryan today for a wide-ranging conversation about vocational assessment, his research on calling, and taking his assessment knowledge to the corporate level. Here are a few things we cover:

  • His five-session model for vocational assessment & feedback
  • What is “calling” in your work?
  • How do we integrate neuropsych testing with vocational assessment?
  • His journey of coming up with an idea, finding investors, and scaling vocational assessment to a national business

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About Dr. Bryan Dik

Bryan Dik, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at Colorado State University.  He also is Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of jobZology, a software company that uses psychological assessment to help students and job-seekers identify and explore opportunities predicted to fit them well.  Bryan is author of Redeeming Work (forthcoming), and is co-author or co-editor of three other books, including Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace and Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work.  His research explores perceptions of work as a calling; meaning and purpose in career decision-making and planning; career development interventions; and the intersection of faith and work.  He has published extensively on these topics, and was recognized with the 2017 John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career or Personality Research and the 2018 Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Award, both from divisions of the American Psychological Association.  Bryan lives with his wife Amy and their four sons (ages 8 to 15) in Fort Collins, Colorado.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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