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Have you ever taken a career choice test? Chances are, your high school guidance counselor administered one to you back in the day. But if you’re like most people, you didn’t pay much attention to the exam or its results! High school was way too early to worry about what one is going to do for the rest of life.
But now that you’ve logged in a few years on the workforce, you probably wish you took your career choice test more seriously. When money is difficult to come by (hello, economic recession!), when you work with people of all sorts of neurosis, and when just commuting to and fro the office causes stress, it’s great comfort knowing that you’re doing work best fitted to your person. As the old adage goes: if you love what you’re doing and you’re good at what you do, work becomes play. You start the day excited, and barely notice that your shift is up.
The good news is: it’s never too late to take (or re-take, as the case may be) a career choice test. You may already be breaking ground in your chosen field and still take the exam. In fact, career assessments are best taken once a person has had significant exposure in a field or company: experienced workers have actual reaction to work situations they can refer to, as opposed to a high school student with no work experience they can reflect upon. Taking the test gives you either (a) confirmation that you made the right choice, or (b) advice on whether a career change is in order.
What kinds of questions can be answered by a career choice test?
Consider the following two:
Different kinds of jobs require different types of personalities. Not everyone, for example, can be salespersons. To be effective in marketing, you must be assertive, extroverted, communication-savvy, and empathic. If you tend to be shy or quiet, you’d be hard-pressed to get leads, much less sell anything! On the flip side, it’s usually the introvert and the introspective that would make good artists and accountants. Imagine sending a gregarious, energetic man to an 8-hour desk job. He’ll probably start hitting his head on the table in seconds!
In this light, it’s important that you know whether or not your temperament is a much to your chosen career. Should you work with people, or work with things? Should you work with objective data like numbers and facts, or should you work in a creative environment where it’s flexi-time and all odd ball ideas are welcome. The match of your personality traits to the demands of the job is something that a career choice test can answer.
There are occasions when an exam on potential career choices provides a section on measuring aptitude. Aptitude refers to your potential in doing a particular work well, based on your innate skills and competencies related to the task. Unlike learning, which measures knowledge and skills after an education, aptitude can be measured before you even get your feet wet in a particular career.
What are the examples of aptitudes? Consider spatial aptitude or the potential ability to visualize spaces and dimensions, and even manipulate images in your mind. There are fields of work where spatial aptitude is a must, architecture for example. How can you create a draft lay-out of a building, when you can’t even play with room dimensions in your head? There’s also the aptitude for abstract reasoning. Anyone wanting to be a lawyer or even an engineer must have acceptable aptitude for abstract reasoning or else they’ll suffer a lot of frustration in their job. And then there’s verbal, numerical and mechanical aptitude.
When you think about it, the questions that are answerable by these tests are just basic questions. But the value that they can give a test-taker is immense. It’s always better to verify that you’re following the right career path while there’s still time to make changes ---- instead of suffering countless regrets at your deathbed. The last thing you’d want in your old age is to be thinking: I wish I had taken that career choice test!
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