DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT CAREER PATH?
One way to find out if you are on the right career track is to look into vocational testing. There are a myriad of tests available to determine if you’re using your natural talents and skills at your job or whether you need to shift to another position at the company to work at your best. Here are a few guidelines on the types of vocational testing available:
- Test that determine your interests – Tests like the Career Assessment Inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory look for “categorical consistents,” that is, the patterns of your responses in various categories like music or the sciences. The test generally asks you to choose your likes and dislikes.
- Tests that track your aptitudes – Tests like the Differential Aptitude Test Battery take various tacks to determine your natural aptitudes. Some measure your performance in a specific job like auto mechanics, while others approach it from the other end by measuring your spatial or mathematical skills. Still others measure your problem-solving skills or professional judgment.
- Tests that reveal your personality traits – Among the most popular of these tests are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the 16 PF. These tests can show how you work with others, your attitudes, and your particular personality needs. Your responses then determine compatible occupational profiles.
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