Career Advice UK - call 020 7935 5452 - Career Analysts in UK
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Career Advice UK - call 020 7935 5452
How psychometrics can help you choose the right career
According to the City and Guilds Happiness index almost five million Brits suffer from ergophobia - a fear of work; that fact alone will not surprise many. However the fact that some of Britain's leading bankers and lawyers are among them may come as a surprise.
There are some very important factors that make people happy in their career.
If you can find a career in which you have an interest or passion then you are far more likely to succeed and enjoy it.
Your aptitudes are your strong points. To utilise them effectively and harness them to achieve the potential in your career you need to be aware of your relative strengths and weaknesses.
What is the right kind of environment for you to work in? What is the right kind of career for you? What factors will press the buttons to motivate you in the morning and make you bounce out of bed and love your career.
Not everyone has the same sets of values; some people believe in a commitment to society, some are simply motivated to earn money, others will have a set of beliefs which would prevent them working in certain career pathways.
Career analysts measure these factors using psychometric questionnaires. The first set evaluates interests, personality and values and are completed by you at home before attending. There are about four hundred questions here and they will take a couple of hours to complete. After that you will attend their offices for most of a day. In the morning you will sit a series of aptitude tests for approximately three hours followed by the consultation with the Occupational Psychologist in the afternoon.
By that time he or she will have seen the results of the questionnaires in the form of graphs. The personality graph is a bipolar graph. One aspect, for instance tension, would be demonstrated at one end of the spectrum as relaxed, placid and patient whereas tense, high energy, impatient and driven would be at the opposite extreme. 16 different personality traits each with opposites are measured in this wayâ where would you fall in each one?
The values graph measures ones' preferences for Rational, Material, Aesthetic, Social, Influence and Beliefs as motivating forces.
The aptitude tests measure logic, verbal, numerical and perceptual reasoning, spatial visualisation and mechanical understanding, and attention to detail. It is not the overall level of success in this test which is important but which of them you are relatively strong at.
The interest inventory measures your preferences for six major categories of career pathways and each of these are further subdivided into five more specific groups.
In the afternoon consultation you will discuss a series of suggestions for careers that are suitable and practical for you. As you go through you will be able to eliminate those that do not appeal until you are left with a very small number of career options that you can investigate further and make a final career decision.
The aim of the programme is to arm you with sufficient knowledge to confidently make that career decision now and your personal career report will remain a point of reference for you to refer back to in years to come.